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ITT REPORTS 2023 FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS PER SHARE (EPS) OF $1.20, ADJUSTED EPS OF $1.17
Thursday, 4 May 2023
- 10% revenue growth driven by higher volume and pricing actions
- 7% orders growth driven by Industrial Process (IP) short-cycle and pump projects, and Connect & Control Technologies (CCT) aerospace demand
- 270 basis points segment operating margin expansion (150 basis points adjusted) to 17.3%
- (17.5% adjusted)
- 36% EPS growth (21% adjusted) driven by pricing actions, volume leverage and productivity
- Acquisition of Micro-Mode Products, leading provider of specialty harsh application connectors
STAMFORD, Conn., May 4, 2023 – ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended April 1, 2023. The company reported a year-over-year revenue increase of 10%, primarily driven by IP short-cycle demand and pump project activity, aerospace demand in CCT and pricing actions across all segments. The acquisition of Habonim contributed 2% to total revenue growth, which was offset by a 2% unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation.
First quarter segment operating income of $138 million increased 31% (20% adjusted) and segment operating margin of 17.3% increased 270 basis points versus prior year. The increases were due primarily to pricing actions which offset cost inflation, productivity, higher sales volume and the Habonim acquisition. The year-over-year segment operating income increase was also impacted by higher prior year charges related to the Russia-Ukraine war. On an adjusted basis, segment operating margin expanded 150 basis points to 17.5%.
EPS for the first quarter of $1.20 increased 36% primarily due to higher segment operating income and benefits from share repurchases, partially offset by foreign currency headwinds and higher corporate and interest expense. Adjusted EPS of $1.17 increased 21% compared to prior year. The difference between reported and adjusted EPS is due to the reversal of a tax valuation allowance partially offset by further charges related to the suspension of operations in Russia and expenses related to a foreign tax settlement.
Operating cash flow for the first quarter increased $61 million versus prior year to $58 million primarily driven by higher operating income and improved inventory management. Free cash flow for the quarter of $29 million increased $62 million versus prior year.
Table 1. First Quarter Performance
| Organic Growth
|Segment Operating Income
| Segment Operating Margin
|Adjusted Segment Operating Income
| Adjusted Segment Operating Margin
|Earnings Per Share
| Adjusted Earnings Per Share
|Operating Cash Flow
| Free Cash Flow
Note: all results unaudited; dollars in millions except for per share amounts
NM = not meaningful
"ITT delivered solid first quarter results to start 2023. We continue to gain market share in Friction, with 41 electric vehicle awards across global OEM platforms, and we secured a ten-year aftermarket agreement with Continental that positions ITT for long-term growth. Our pumps and flow business secured significant project awards linked to decarbonization and sustainability, and we are seeing strong demand in the aerospace and defense markets in CCT. Our performance and continued share gains drove strong orders and sales growth this quarter, and with the recent acquisition of specialty connectors manufacturer Micro-Mode Products, we're positioned to capitalize on several growing end markets," said ITT's Chief Executive Officer and President Luca Savi.
"On the operational front, we continue to make good progress. IP expanded margins over 800 basis points to approximately 21 percent as investments in lean manufacturing mature. Across ITT, we are strengthening pricing actions to combat inflation while remaining vigilant on productivity. Our actions drove a more than 20 percent increase in adjusted EPS in Q1," said Savi. "As a result of our strong Q1 performance, we are raising the mid-point of our adjusted EPS guidance range by five cents. Despite some indications of a slowdown in certain industrial markets, we continue to drive demand and orders outgrowth across ITT. This is a testament to the resilience and hard work of our business and our people."
Table 2. First Quarter Segment Results
|Connect & Control Technologies
|Total segment results
Note: all results unaudited; excludes intercompany eliminations of $1.0; comparisons to Q1 2022
Motion Technologies revenue decreased due to significant unfavorable foreign currency translation of $14 million and the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war, partially offset by pricing actions and higher volumes in Friction OE and growth in rail. Operating income decreased to $53 million primarily due to higher labor and overhead costs, and unfavorable foreign currency impacts of $3 million, partially offset by pricing and productivity actions.
Industrial Process revenue increased, driven by short-cycle demand and growth in pump projects, and the addition of Habonim. This was partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency translation of $2 million. Operating income increased to $55 million driven by pricing and productivity actions and higher volume, including from Habonim, partially offset by higher raw material costs.
Connect & Control Technologies revenue increased, driven by growth in the aerospace and defense markets. This was partially offset by an unfavorable foreign currency translation of $2 million. Operating income increased to $29 million driven by pricing and productivity actions, and higher volume, partially offset by higher raw material, labor and overhead costs.
The company is updating its 2023 guidance. We now expect EPS of $4.49 to $4.79, and adjusted EPS of $4.65 to $4.95, up 5% to 11% for the full year, an increase of ten cents on the low end of the previous guidance range. All other guidance metrics for 2023 are unchanged. This includes revenue growth of 7% to 9%, and 6% to 8% on an organic basis; segment operating margin of 17.0% to 17.8%, and adjusted segment operating margin of 17.3% to 18.1%, up 10 to 90 basis points; and free cash flow of $350 million to $400 million, representing free cash flow margin of 11% to 12%.
It is not possible, without unreasonable efforts, to estimate the impacts of foreign currency fluctuations, acquisitions and certain other special items that may occur in 2023 as these items are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. As a result, we are unable to quantify certain amounts that would be included in a reconciliation of organic revenue growth and adjusted segment operating margin to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures without unreasonable efforts and we have not provided reconciliations for these forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures.
Investor Conference Call Details
ITT's management will host a conference call for investors on Thursday, May 4 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The briefing can be accessed live via a webcast, which is available on the company's website:
https://investors.itt.com. A replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days following the presentation. A replay will also be available telephonically from two hours after the webcast until Thursday, May 18, 2023 at midnight Eastern Time. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial performance metrics to their most comparable U.S. GAAP financial performance metrics are defined and presented below and should not be considered a substitute for, nor superior to, the financial data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
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- volatility in raw material prices and our suppliers' ability to meet quality and delivery requirements;
- uncertain global economic and capital markets conditions, which have been influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war, inflation, uncertainty regarding the U.S. federal government's debt limit, changes in monetary policies, the threat of a possible global economic recession, trade disputes between the U.S. and its trading partners, political and social unrest, and the availability and fluctuations in prices of energy and commodities, including steel, oil, copper and tin;
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- fluctuations in interest rates and the impact of such fluctuations on customer behavior and on our cost of debt;
- failure to compete successfully and innovate in our markets;
- failure to protect our intellectual property rights or violations of the intellectual property rights of others;
- the extent to which there are quality problems with respect to manufacturing processes or finished goods;
- the risk of cybersecurity breaches or failure of any information systems used by the Company, including any flaws in the implementation of any enterprise resource planning systems;
- loss of or decrease in sales from our most significant customers;
- risks due to our operations and sales outside the U.S. and in emerging markets, including the imposition of tariffs and trade sanctions;
- fluctuations in demand or customers' levels of capital investment and maintenance expenditures, especially in the energy, chemical and mining markets;
- the impacts on our business from Russia's war with Ukraine, and the global response to it;
- the risk of material business interruptions, particularly at our manufacturing facilities;
- risk of liabilities from past divestitures and spin-offs;
- failure of portfolio management strategies, including cost-saving initiatives, to meet expectations;
- risks related to government contracting, including changes in levels of government spending and regulatory and contractual requirements applicable to sales to the U.S. government;
- fluctuations in our effective tax rate, including as a result of the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 and other possible tax reform legislation in the U.S. and other jurisdictions;
- changes in environmental laws or regulations, discovery of previously unknown or more extensive contamination, or the failure of a potentially responsible party to perform;
- failure to comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (or other applicable anti-corruption legislation), export controls and trade sanctions;
- risk of product liability claims and litigation; and
- changes in laws relating to the use and transfer of personal and other information.
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