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ITT REPORTS 2023 THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS PER SHARE (EPS) OF $1.34, ADJUSTED EPS OF $1.37
Thursday, 2 Nov 2023
- 9% revenue growth (5% organic) driven by pump projects and aftermarket, aerospace and defense components, and Friction OE outperformance
- 19.1% segment operating margin (19.4% adjusted), 150 basis points expansion (120 basis points adjusted); segment operating income increased 19% (17% adjusted)
- Year-to-date operating cash flow of $368 million, free cash flow of $299 million
- Raising 2023 full year guidance across all metrics
STAMFORD, Conn., November 2, 2023 - ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023. The company reported a year-over-year revenue increase of 9%, primarily driven by 13% growth in both Industrial Process and Connect & Control Technologies. Foreign currency translation drove a 3% favorable impact and the acquisition of Micro-Mode contributed 1% to total revenue growth.
Third quarter segment operating income of $157 million increased 19% versus prior year (17% adjusted) due to productivity, pricing actions and higher sales volume. This was partially offset by higher compensation costs, overhead inflation and strategic growth investments.
EPS for the third quarter of $1.34 increased 9% versus prior year primarily due to segment operating income growth and benefits from share repurchases. Adjusted EPS of $1.37 increased 14% compared to prior year. Adjustments to EPS are primarily related to restructuring costs to optimize the company’s cost base and write-downs due to the suspension of business in Russia.
Operating cash flow for the third quarter of $170 million increased $109 million versus prior year primarily driven by higher operating income and improved working capital management. Free cash flow for the quarter of $148 million increased $113 million versus prior year. On a year-to-date basis, ITT generated operating cash flow of $368 million, up $252 million versus 2022, and free cash flow of $299 million, up $258 million versus 2022.
Table 1. Third Quarter Performance
|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
"In Q3, we continued to generate strong growth and execute on all fronts. Our teams drove share gains in automotive and rail, large project growth and aftermarket demand in pumps and valves, and growth in aerospace and defense. Once again, we delivered strong year-over-year and sequential segment margin expansion, and are accelerating towards our 20% long-term target. We also generated more than $350 million of cash flow this year, acquired Svanehøj to grow our flow portfolio, and will continue to put our cash to work with further M&A opportunities and the new $1 billion share repurchase program we announced in October. As a result of this performance, today we are raising our 2023 outlook for the third straight quarter. We continue to execute at a new level of earnings, profitability and cash, whilst reinvesting in our businesses and growing through acquisitions to deliver long-term value," said ITT’s Chief Executive Officer and President Luca Savi.
Table 2. Third Quarter Segment Results
|Connect & Control Technologies
|Total segment results
Note: all results unaudited; excludes intercompany eliminations of $1.2; comparisons to Q3 2022
revenue increased $17 million primarily due to higher sales volume in Friction OE and favorable foreign currency translation impacts. Operating income increased $5 million primarily due to productivity actions and higher sales volume, partially offset by higher labor and overhead costs, unfavorable sales mix and prior year foreign currency hedge benefits.
revenue increased $31 million primarily due to growth in aftermarket parts and service and project shipments. Operating income increased $17 million primarily due to pricing actions, higher volume and productivity savings, partially offset by higher labor costs.
Connect & Control Technologies
revenue increased $21 million primarily driven by pricing actions, volume growth in aerospace and defense components, and the acquisition of Micro-Mode. Operating income increased $3 million primarily due to pricing and productivity actions, partially offset by higher labor and overhead costs.
We now expect revenue growth of approximately 9%, up 7% to 8% on an organic basis; segment operating margin of 17.9% to 18.5% and adjusted segment operating margin of 18.3% to 18.9%, up 110 bps to 170 bps; EPS of $5.05 to $5.11 and adjusted EPS of $5.15 to $5.21, up 16% to 17% for the full year; and free cash flow of over $400 million, representing approximately 12% free cash flow margin for the full year 2023.*
*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 accordingly 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, November 2 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 from two hours after the webcast until Thursday, November 16, 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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Among the factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties inherent in our business including, without limitation:
- 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 Israel-Hamas conflict, the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, inflation, changes in monetary policies, slowing growth and the threat of a possible global economic recession, trade disputes between the U.S. and its trading partners, political and social unrest, instability in the global banking system and the availability and fluctuations in prices of energy and commodities, including steel, oil, copper and tin;
- impacts on our business stemming from continued supply chain disruptions and raw material shortages, which have resulted in increased costs and reduced availability of key commodities and other necessary services;
- our inability to hire or retain key personnel;
- fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and the impact of such fluctuations on our revenues, customer demand for our products and on our hedging arrangements;
- failure to manage the distribution of products and services effectively;
- 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, as well as similar breaches or failures affecting our business partners or service providers;
- 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, including as a result of the tentatively-settled United Automobile Workers (UAW) strike at the production facilities of some of our customers; 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;
- increased scrutiny from investors, lenders and other market participants regarding our environmental, social and governance and sustainability responsibilities, which could expose us to additional costs and adversely impact our reputation, business, financial performance and growth;
- 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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