- First quarter EPS increased 10% to $1.55, or $1.61 adjusted for business realignment
- Strong segment operating and decremental margins
- Order rates turn positive
- Fiscal 2017 full year earnings guidance maintained
CLEVELAND, October 21, 2016 -- Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today reported results for the fiscal 2017 first quarter ended September 30, 2016. Fiscal 2017 first quarter sales were $2.74 billion, compared with $2.87 billion in the prior year quarter. Net income increased 8% to $210.2 million compared with $195.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Fiscal 2017 first quarter earnings per share increased 10% to $1.55, compared with $1.41 in the prior year quarter. Adjusted earnings per share were $1.61, compared with $1.52 in the prior year quarter. Cash flow from operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 was $113.9 million or 4.2% of sales, compared with $19.9 million or 0.7% of sales in the first quarter of last year. Excluding discretionary pension contributions, fiscal 2017 first quarter cash flow from operations was 12.2% of sales compared with 7.7% of sales in the prior year quarter.
“This was another solid quarter for Parker driven by our ability to execute the Win Strategy™,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tom Williams. “Despite a decline in sales, we were able to deliver strong decremental marginal return on sales and segment operating margins of 15.0%, reflecting improved performance in the Industrial segment. Net income, earnings per share and operating cash-to-sales also increased from the same quarter a year ago. Quarterly order rates turned positive for the first time since the December 2014 quarter, reinforcing our previous view that we are progressing towards stabilization in many of our key end markets.”
Diversified Industrial Segment: North American first quarter sales decreased 9 percent to $1.2 billion, and operating income was $200.6 million compared with $212.7 million in the same period a year ago. International first quarter sales decreased 2 percent to $1.0 billion. International operating income was $137.2 million compared with $129.3 million in the same period a year ago.
Aerospace Systems Segment: First quarter sales increased 3 percent to $561.2 million, and operating income was $73.3 million compared with $74.0 million in the same period a year ago.
Parker reported the following orders for the quarter ending September 30, 2016, compared with the same quarter a year ago:
- - Orders increased 2% for total Parker;
- - Orders decreased 4% in the Diversified Industrial North America businesses;
- - Orders increased 3% in the Diversified Industrial International businesses; and
- - Orders increased 14% in the Aerospace Systems Segment on a rolling 12-month average basis.
During the first quarter of fiscal 2017, the company repurchased $115 million in Parker shares. This completes the previously announced commitment to repurchase a minimum of $2 billion in shares by October 2016.
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, the company has maintained guidance for earnings from continuing operations in the range of $6.15 to $6.85 per share, or $6.40 to $7.10 per share on an adjusted basis. Fiscal year 2017 guidance is adjusted for expected business realignment expenses of approximately $0.25 per share.
Williams added, “Having now completed one full year of implementation of the Win Strategy, I am even more confident that we can deliver on our financial performance goals. I am also pleased with the progress we have made towards other key goals such as safety performance, customer experience, and profitable growth strategies, which will allow us to deliver sustainable long-term value for our customers and shareholders.”
NOTICE OF CONFERENCE CALL: Parker Hannifin's conference call and slide presentation to discuss its fiscal 2017 first quarter results are available to all interested parties via live webcast today at 11:00 a.m. ET, on the company's investor information web site at www.phstock.com. To access the call, click on the "Live Webcast" link. From this link, users also may complete a pre-call system test and register for e-mail notification of future events and information available from Parker. A replay of the conference call will also be available at www.phstock.com for one year after the call.
With annual sales of $11 billion in fiscal year 2016, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company has operations in 49 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 60 consecutive fiscal years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's website at www.parker.com, or its investor information website at www.phstock.com.
Note on Orders
Orders provide near-term perspective on the company's outlook, particularly when viewed in the context of prior and future quarterly order rates. However, orders are not in themselves an indication of future performance. All comparisons are at constant currency exchange rates, with the prior year restated to the current-year rates. All exclude acquisitions until they can be reflected in both the numerator and denominator. Aerospace comparisons are rolling 12-month average computations. The total Parker orders number is derived from a weighted average of the year-over-year quarterly % change in orders for Diversified Industrial North America and Diversified Industrial International, and the year-over-year 12-month rolling average of orders for the Aerospace Systems Segment.
Note on Non-GAAP Numbers
This press release contains references to (a) earnings per share without the effect of business realignment expenses; (b) the effect of business realignment expenses on forecasted earnings from continuing operations per share; and (c) cash flows from operations without the effect of discretionary pension contributions. The effects of business realignment expenses and discretionary pension contributions are removed to allow investors and the company to meaningfully evaluate changes in earnings per share and cash flows from operations on a comparable basis from period to period.
Forward-looking statements contained in this and other written and oral reports are made based on known events and circumstances at the time of release, and as such, are subject in the future to unforeseen uncertainties and risks. All statements regarding future performance, earnings projections, events or developments are forward-looking statements. It is possible that the future performance and earnings projections of the company, including its individual segments, may differ materially from current expectations, depending on economic conditions within its mobile, industrial and aerospace markets, and the company's ability to maintain and achieve anticipated benefits associated with announced realignment activities, strategic initiatives to improve operating margins, actions taken to combat the effects of the current economic environment, and growth, innovation and global diversification initiatives. A change in the economic conditions in individual markets may have a particularly volatile effect on segment performance. Among other factors which may affect future performance are: changes in business relationships with and purchases by or from major customers, suppliers or distributors, including delays or cancellations in shipments, disputes regarding contract terms or significant changes in financial condition, changes in contract cost and revenue estimates for new development programs and changes in product mix; ability to identify acceptable strategic acquisition targets; uncertainties surrounding timing, successful completion or integration of acquisitions and similar transactions; the ability to successfully divest businesses planned for divestiture and realize the anticipated benefits of such divestitures; the determination to undertake business realignment activities and the expected costs thereof and, if undertaken, the ability to complete such activities and realize the anticipated cost savings from such activities; ability to implement successfully the company’s capital allocation initiatives; increases in raw material costs that cannot be recovered in product pricing; the company's ability to manage costs related to insurance and employee retirement and health care benefits; threats associated with and efforts to combat terrorism and cyber-security risks; uncertainties surrounding the ultimate resolution of outstanding legal proceedings; competitive market conditions and resulting effects on sales and pricing; and global economic factors, including manufacturing activity, air travel trends, currency exchange rates, difficulties entering new markets and general economic conditions such as inflation, deflation, interest rates and credit availability. The company makes these statements as of the date of this disclosure, and undertakes no obligation to update them unless otherwise required by law.