CLEVELAND, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH) today reported first-quarter net income for the period ended September 30, 1999 of $73.6 million, or 67 cents per diluted share, on record first-quarter sales of $1.24 billion. In the first quarter of fiscal 1999, the company earned $78.1 million in net income, or 71 cents per diluted share, on sales of $1.22 billion. The current period's results reflect costs associated with completion of the company's previously announced plan to realign operations in its International and Aerospace segments. These costs, which include a mix of asset impairment and severance expenses, were partially offset by gains on the sale of properties.
The modest sales increase is attributed to industrial acquisitions completed in the last fiscal year, coupled with growth in the telecommunications and filtration markets and a robust rebound in semiconductors. Internationally, real volume was flat, and the decline in sales reflects negative currency translation.
Parker's North American Industrial segment posted a 14-percent increase in operating income, accruing benefits from higher volume and a stabilized production environment. The International and Aerospace segments recorded lower operating income in the quarter as a result of consolidation costs incurred as planned. In the International segment, the company noted encouraging growth in the Asia-Pacific region, as acquisitions continued to perform ahead of expectations.
President and CEO Duane Collins said, "We did what we said we would in the quarter: We completed operating adjustments to improve profitability in our international units and we realigned aerospace in anticipation of slower original-equipment demand for large aircraft. The implementation costs for these actions are fully absorbed in this quarter's income statement."
Cash from operations in the quarter was $118 million, compared with $19 million last year. The proactive effort to manage inventories and accounts payable fueled the increase, and the company said it is positioned for acquisition opportunities in its core markets.
The company maintains a positive outlook for fiscal 2000, noting a substantive increase across the board in September's industrial orders, which have yet to be realized in sales. The North American sector, which is the most profitable, leads the upward order trend evidenced in recent months, while it appears that European orders may be beginning to follow suit. In Aerospace, the company is seeing slowing orders for large-airframe equipment as expected. Prospects for other original-equipment markets and for higher-margin maintenance, repair and overhaul work remain favorable.
"The next quarter will be telling," said Collins. "We should finally begin to see margin improvement in our international units, and we expect our adjustments in aerospace to moderate the downturn. By the second half, we'll be well positioned for what is traditionally our strongest sales and earnings period."
"Having finished one quarter, we like where we are, but we've still got ground to cover to meet our growth objectives in the international segment. We have confidence in our people and the good work they're doing to keep us on plan for sales and earnings growth this year," Collins said.
With nearly $5 billion in annual sales, Parker Hannifin Corporation is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies, providing systematic, precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of commercial, industrial and aerospace markets. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.parker.com .
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, events or developments are forward-looking statements. It is possible that the company's future performance may differ materially from current expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements, due to a variety of factors such as changes in: business relationships with and purchases by or from major customers or suppliers; competitive market conditions and resulting effects on sales and pricing; increases in raw-material costs which cannot be recovered in product pricing; and global economic factors, including currency exchange rates and difficulties entering new markets.
PARKER HANNIFIN CORPORATION - SEPTEMBER 30, 1999
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
Unaudited Three Months Ended September 30, (Dollars in thousands 1999 1998 except per share amounts) Net sales $1,242,293 $1,218,724 Cost of sales 976,621 947,307 Gross profit 265,672 271,417 Selling, general and administrative expenses 138,148 134,158 Income from operations 127,524 137,259 Other income (deductions): Interest expense (14,543) (16,075) Interest and other income, net (624) (73) Total (15,167) (16,148) Income before income taxes 112,357 121,111 Income taxes 38,763 42,994 Net income $73,594 $78,117 Earnings per share: Basic earnings per share $.67 $.71 Diluted earnings per share $.67 $.71 Average shares outstanding during period - Basic 109,069,288 109,366,054 Average shares outstanding during period - Diluted 110,094,722 110,128,017 Cash dividends per common share $.17 $.15 BUSINESS SEGMENT INFORMATION BY INDUSTRY Unaudited Three Months Ended September 30, (Dollars in thousands) 1999 1998 Net sales Industrial: North America $667,669 $621,595 International 298,463 315,230 Aerospace 276,161 281,899 Total $1,242,293 $1,218,724 Segment operating income Industrial: North America $93,683 $82,155 International 11,212 26,822 Aerospace 35,048 43,839 Total segment operating income 139,943 152,816 Corporate general and administrative expenses 14,113 12,295 Income from operations before interest expense and other 125,830 140,521 Interest expense 14,543 16,075 Other (1,070) 3,335 Income before income taxes $112,357 $121,111 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET Unaudited September 30, (Dollars in thousands) 1999 1998 Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $64,421 $44,201 Accounts receivable, net 739,682 714,364 Inventories 920,843 1,010,062 Prepaid expenses 21,141 20,583 Deferred income taxes 65,907 86,577 Total current assets 1,811,994 1,875,787 Plant and equipment, net 1,207,012 1,177,344 Other assets 751,356 706,939 Total assets $3,770,362 $3,760,070 Liabilities and shareholders' equity Current liabilities: Notes payable $59,462 $355,218 Accounts payable 288,521 285,642 Accrued liabilities 308,951 305,206 Accrued domestic and foreign taxes 84,159 64,753 Total current liabilities 741,093 1,010,819 Long-term debt 717,599 639,049 Pensions and other postretirement benefits 280,101 277,122 Deferred income taxes 32,813 37,797 Other liabilities 68,582 54,189 Shareholders' equity 1,930,174 1,741,094 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $3,770,362 $3,760,070 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS Unaudited Three Months Ended September 30, (Dollars in thousands) 1999 1998 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $73,594 $78,117 Depreciation and amortization 53,203 49,579 Net change in receivables, inventories, and trade payables (19,438) (90,743) Net change in other assets and liabilities 16,542 (16,107) Other, net (6,115) (1,642) Net cash provided by operating activities 117,786 19,204 Cash flows from investing activities: Acquisitions (less cash acquired of $2,609 in 1998) (3,007) (89,466) Capital expenditures (50,124) (56,668) Other, net (11,980) 5,230 Net cash used in investing activities (65,111) (140,904) Cash flows from financing activities: Net proceeds from (payments for) common share activity 1,871 (29,581) Net (payments for) proceeds from debt (3,526) 179,968 Dividends (18,521) (16,429) Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (20,176) 133,958 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (1,355) 1,455 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 31,144 13,713 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 33,277 30,488 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $64,421 $44,201 SOURCE Parker Hannifin Corporation