UTC Fire & Security has healthy parent


Business wires are abuzz today about the first quarter earnings reported by United Technologies Corp., parent company of UTC Fire & Security, up 19 percent over the quarter a year ago. Word is that the earnings beat estimates.

An April 20 release from Hartford, Conn.-based  UTC, a diversified company that provides high-tech products and services to the building and aerospace industries, said the company "reported first quarter 2011 earnings per share of $1.11 and net income attributable to common shareowners of $1.0 billion, up 19 percent and 17 percent, respectively, over the year ago quarter. Sales for the quarter increased 11 percent to $13.3 billion with 9 percent organic growth. Favorable foreign currency translation and net acquisitions each contributed 1 percent to the sales growth.”

The release continued: “Results for the current quarter include $0.02 per share in restructuring costs. Earnings per share in the year ago quarter included $0.05 in restructuring costs. Before these items, earnings per share increased 15 percent year over year. Foreign currency translation and currency hedges at Pratt & Whitney Canada accounted for $0.01 of the earnings per share increase.”

“This was another solid quarter for UTC with broad-based acceleration in organic growth, as well as strong earnings momentum and cash generation,” Louis Chênevert, UTC chairman & chief executive officer, said in the release. “Nearly 20 percent growth in earnings per share reflects excellent conversion, especially as we continued to increase our investments in game changing products and technologies.”

The release also notes that UTC is now raising its 2011 profit forecast.

“Based on the strong start to the year, particularly in Carrier’s short cycle businesses, we are raising the full year earnings per share expectation to $5.25 to $5.40, from $5.20 to $5.35 previously. We now anticipate 2011 EPS growth to be 11 to 14 percent on sales growth of 5 percent,” Chênevert added in his statement. “The global economic recovery continues to gain traction as evidenced by the momentum of our end markets and we now expect 2011 sales of $57 billion, at the high end of our prior range of $56 billion to $57 billion.”