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"We're just now beginning to feel the pressure in our Aerospace business, particularly in the commercial aftermarket, which has the greatest impact on our margins," said Parker President and CEO Don Washkewicz. "We had been able to sustain margins through the first half, shipping out of backlog. And while we are seeing some benefit from increased military activity, it's not enough to offset the commercial fall-off."
Washkewicz also noted that a slow recovery in the company's industrial markets is being led by sales to large original-equipment manufacturers, while the technology sector has yet to show signs of improvement. "These two factors leave us a lower margin mix, which will improve as we see a pickup in distributor sales and across our broader customer base. Our order trends in North America support a return to growth, but we see no signs of this yet in our international segment."
Since late 2000, when the company first cited signs of an industrial recession, its operating managers have cut back production, inventories and spending. Washkewicz, who became CEO in July, also set forth the "Win Strategy" to strengthen the company's earning power. "In this year's annual planning effort, which is now under way, we're reviewing every operating unit and measuring improvement against a 'Win Scorecard' that will be our accountability standard," said Washkewicz. "In the process, we're going to ensure we have the right assets contributing to our long-term growth."
In addition to providing earnings estimates, Parker advises shareholders to note order trends, for which the company makes a disclosure several business days after the conclusion of each month. This information is available on the company's investor information web site, at www.phstock.com .
With annual sales exceeding $6 billion, 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 commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs more than 45,000 people in 45 countries around the world. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.parker.com , or its investor information site at www.phstock.com .
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