Business

October 24, 2012

United Technologies third quarter profit, revenue up

United Technologies Corp. posted higher third-quarter net income and revenue Oct. 23 on rising orders in key businesses, but said it expects the U.S. economic recovery to remain anemic and offered a gloomy assessment of business in Europe.

The parent company of Otis Elevator, jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky helicopter, Carrier heating and cooling and other aerospace and building system businesses said orders were up for Otis, heating and cooling equipment in North America and airline spare parts.

But United Technologies shaved its revenue outlook for the year due to what it said is a weak recovery in commercial aerospace parts maintenance and repair and uncertainty in the global economy.

It also increased its restructuring effort to brace for what it called a “challenging economic environment.”

The Hartford, Conn.,-based company reported net income available to common shareholders of $1.42 billion, or $1.56 per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. That’s up 7.5 percent from $1.32 billion, or $1.47 per share, a year ago.

Earnings from continuing operations came to $1.37 per share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet expected $1.19 per share.

Revenue rose almost 6 percent of $15.04 billion from $14.2 billion a year ago. Analysts expected $15.6 billion in revenue.

United Technologies said it expects 2012 revenue of $58 billion, the low end of its previous outlook. Analysts expected $58.4 billion. It also is increasing its 2012 restructuring costs to $600 million from $500 million.

The conglomerate closed on its biggest deal in July, an $18.4 billion purchase of aerospace parts maker Goodrich Corp. in Charlotte, N.C. It said its third-quarter profit would have been lower than last year’s comparable period when accounting for $168 million in discontinued operations related to several companies it’s selling to help finance the Goodrich purchase.

Accounting for companies it set aside for sale such as industrial companies of aerospace manufacturing subsidiary Hamilton Sundstrand, United Technologies said earnings fell to $1.25 billion from $1.29 billion in the July-September period last year.

The acquisition of Goodrich and a separate $1.5 billion purchase by Pratt & Whitney of Rolls-Royce’ stake in a joint venture that makes engines for the Airbus A320 will reduce earnings per share by 10 cents, down from a previous estimate of 20 cents.

Analyst Rick Whittington of Drexel Hamilton said the earnings results were “fine under the circumstances” that include slow economic growth.

United Technologies, with its Goodrich acquisition, should capitalize on improving airline parts repair and maintenance business and new engine orders, he said.

“To me that’s the new United Technologies, an aerospace company, not a diversified industrial business,” Whittington said.

Airbus said in August it plans to double the $12 billion it spends with U.S. suppliers in response to strong airplane sales. And Boeing is aiming to speed up 787 production to 10 planes a month by the end of next year and plans to deliver planes it has built and need reworking.

Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes told analysts on a conference call that United Technologies expects “solid growth” next year in commercial airline manufacturing and maintenance and repair, residential heating and cooling systems and U.S. commercial construction.

But the company expects business in Europe to be flat in 2013 and anticipates declines in U.S. military spending to continue even without an estimated $50 billion in defense cuts known as “sequestration” scheduled for January unless Congress agrees on an alternate deficit reduction plan.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Northrop Grumman signs long-term agreement with Raytheon

Northrop Grumman has entered a long-term agreement with Raytheon to supply its LN-200 Inertial Measurement Unit for Raytheon optical targeting systems. The long-term agreement with Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business extends through 2018. The LN-200 provides camera stabilization on optical targeting systems that conduct long-range surveillance and target acquisition for various...
 
 
AAR-Textron

AAR awarded new contract from Bell Helicopter Textron to support T64 engines

AAR announced April 22 that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. awarded its Defense Systems & Logistics business unit a contract providing warehouse and logistics services in support of upgrading T64 engines for the Bell V-280 Val...
 
 

Pratt & Whitney’s engine wins Gold Edison Award™

Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engine has been awarded Gold in the transportation- aviation category of the 2015 Edison Awards. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp. “Our dedication to innovation and identifying ways to continuously improve is in our blood at Pratt & Whitney,” said Greg Gernhardt, president, Pratt &...
 

 

Boeing names Space Launch System VP

Boeing has named John Shannon to be vice president and program manager for the Space Launch System, which will provide NASA with heavy-lift capability to send people and cargo into deep space. Boeing is designing, developing, testing and manufacturing the core stages and avionics for SLS. Shannon succeeds Virginia “Ginger” Barnes, who is retiring. He...
 
 

Germany’s Jenoptik, Raytheon partner to produce new generators for global Patriot

Raytheon is partnering with the Jenoptik subsidiary Lechmotoren, a part of the Jenoptik Defense & Civil Systems division, to produce advanced power generators for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system. Under terms of this new contract, Jenoptik will build power plants, power generators, test equipment and spares for one of Patriot’s global partners. Raytheon...
 
 

Boeing tops first quarter profit forecasts, airplane deliveries rise

Boeing delivered more commercial airliners in the first quarter, offsetting sluggish results in the defense side of its business and pushing its first-quarter earnings up 38 percent. The profit topped Wall Street expectations, but revenue was below forecasts, and production costs of the Boeing 787 jet continued to pile up. The shares fell about 4...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>