NEW YORK, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- ITT Industries, Inc. (NYSE: IIN)
Chairman and Chief Executive Travis Engen outlined the company's growth plans
and financial targets for professional investors here today. Engen said ITT
Industries expects to achieve consistent earnings per share (EPS) growth in
the range of 14 to 16 percent over the next 4 years, driven by sales growth of
between 8 and 10 percent per year including acquisitions, and segment
operating margins that will improve to the range of 12 percent. Engen and
other top executives discussed these plans for growth in all areas of the
"We believe these goals are achievable and we are determined to reach
them," Engen said. "We aim to be recognized as a premier, global multi-
industry company that delivers consistent earnings growth. Our businesses are
gearing up for a higher level of performance, and our cash flow supports our
Engen highlighted the significant portfolio shift the company has
successfully undertaken in the last year, continuing to execute the plan to
shed less profitable businesses and focus all attention and resources to grow
those businesses with the greatest potential to enhance shareholder value.
"We are a different company today than we were at this time last year,"
Engen said. "With our new business mix, stronger balance sheet and new
management processes, we can grow faster both organically and through
ITT Industries' President and Chief Operating Officer Louis J. Giuliano
spoke of his plans to accelerate growth and improve profitability through
faster new product development, expanding into new markets, acquiring
companies that strengthen existing businesses, with continuous process
improvement as an overarching imperative in the company.
"By sharpening our market focus, getting our processes right and
controlling our costs, revenue and earnings growth will follow," Giuliano
said. "We have seen this within several of our businesses across ITT
Industries. We have many opportunities to improve our product offering for
the customer and our financial performance for the shareholder."
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Heidi Kunz told
analysts that ITT Industries intends to further enhance its generation of free
cash flow through improved asset efficiency, particularly working capital
utilization. Kunz indicated that ITT Industries' goal is to improve the ratio
of free cash flow to net income from the 70-75 percent achieved over the last
three years to 100 percent over the next 3-4 years.
"We are applying our rigorous Value Based Management to uncover new growth
opportunities and maximize the returns on invested capital," Kunz said. "We
intend to direct our free cash flow to pursue these opportunities and
Kunz' remarks were followed by briefings by the heads of each of ITT
Industries' business segments that outlined their plans to grow revenue and
improve financial performance.
ITT Industries, Inc. (http://www.ittind.com) is a global industrial manufacturing
company with leading positions in the markets that it serves, generating 1998
sales of $4.5 billion. ITT Industries is the world's largest producer of
pumps and also produces systems and services to move and control water and
other fluids. The company is also a major supplier of sophisticated military
defense systems, and provides advanced technical and operational services to a
broad range of government agencies. ITT Industries is a leading provider of
connectors, switches and cabling used in telecommunications, computing,
aerospace and industrial applications, as well as network services. Further,
ITT Industries provides industrial components for a number of other markets,
including transportation, construction and aerospace. Based in White Plains,
NY, ITT Industries employs approximately 33,000 people around the world.
In addition to the New York Stock Exchange, ITT Industries' common stock
is traded on the Midwest, Pacific, London, Frankfurt and Paris exchanges.
Certain statements contained herein that are not historical facts,
constitute "Forward-Looking Statements" within the meaning of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements
involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may
cause the actual results or performance of the Company and its businesses to
be materially different from that expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements. Such factors include, among others, the following: general
economic and business conditions; political, social and economic conditions
and local regulations in the countries in which the Company conducts its
businesses; government regulations and compliance therewith; demographic
changes; sales and revenues mix; pricing levels; changes in sales and revenues
to, or the identity of, significant customers; changes in technology; industry
capacity and production rates; ability of outside third parties to comply with
their commitments; competition; capacity constraints; availability of raw
materials and adequate labor; availability of appropriate professional
expertise; availability of liquidity sufficient to meet the Company's needs;
the ability to adapt to changes resulting from acquisitions and divestitures
and to effect cost reduction programs; and various other factors.
Our Connectors & Switches business could be affected by the economic
conditions in foreign markets, both those in which we currently participate,
and those that we are trying to enter; the level of defense funding by
domestic and foreign governments; and the cyclical nature of the industry.
Our Defense Products & Services business could be affected by factors
including the level of defense funding by domestic and foreign governments;
our ability to receive contract awards; and our ability to develop and market
products and services for customers outside of traditional markets.
Our Pumps & Complementary Products business could be affected by factors
including global economic conditions; governmental funding levels;
international demand for fluid management products; the ability to
successfully expand into new geographic markets; weather conditions; and
continued demand for replacement parts.
Our Specialty Products business could be affected by the cyclical nature
of the transportation industries; strikes at major auto producers; and
international demand for fluid management products.
Forward-looking statements by their very nature are uncertain. There can
be no guarantee that any forward-looking statement will be fulfilled.
The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to
reflect actual results or changes in or additions to the factors affecting
such forward-looking statements.
Reference is made to the Company's Form 10-K Annual Report for the year
1998 and other of its documents filed with the Securities and Exchange
Commission for additional information involving known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors.
ITT Industries and its subsidiaries' press releases are available at no
charge via fax and the Internet. To receive releases by fax, call
800-758-5804, extension 110006. For ITT Industries' news on the Internet,
visit http://www.ittind.com or http://www.prnewswire.com
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CONTACT: Tom Glover of ITT Industries, 914-641-2160