Wednesday, April 29, 2015
BERWYN, Pa., April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE: AME) today announced its financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2015.
AMETEK's first quarter 2015 sales of $984.1 million were up 1% over the same period of 2014. Excluding realignment costs of $15.9 million, or approximately $0.04 per diluted share, operating income increased 7% to a record $236.8 million, operating margins were up 140 basis points to 24.1%, and diluted earnings per share increased 11% to $0.63 per diluted share from the first quarter 2014.
"AMETEK achieved solid results to begin the year with outstanding operating performance across the Company and double digit earnings growth. Since the strong U.S. dollar and sluggish global economy will impact our 2015 sales growth, we have proactively taken actions to properly position AMETEK to deliver earnings in-line with our initial guidance," noted Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
On a GAAP basis, operating income in the first quarter was $221.0 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.59. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to adjusted results is included in the financial tables accompanying the release.
Electronic Instruments Group (EIG)
In the first quarter of 2015, EIG sales increased 4% to $593.8 million. Excluding realignment costs, operating income increased 7% to $160.5 million and operating margins were up 70 basis points to 27.0%.
"EIG had a very good first quarter. Solid core growth in our Aerospace, Power and Industrial businesses combined with the contributions from recent acquisitions drove the overall sales growth. Operating performance was very strong, with margins up 70 basis points in the quarter," notes Mr. Hermance.
On a GAAP basis, EIG operating income was $151.2 million in the quarter.
Electromechanical Group (EMG)
For the first quarter of 2015, EMG sales decreased 3% to $390.3 million. Excluding realignment costs, operating income increased 6% to $88.5 million and operating margins increased 190 basis points to 22.7%.
"EMG also had a very solid quarter with excellent operating performance. Organic sales were up on strength in our Precision Motion Control and Engineered Materials, Interconnects and Packaging businesses. Operating margins were up sharply driven by our continued Operational Excellence initiatives," adds Mr. Hermance.
On a GAAP basis, EMG operating income was $82.0 million in the quarter.
"We are confident in our ability to continue to deliver strong earnings growth due to our excellent portfolio of businesses, proven operational capabilities, organic growth investments, and a successful focus on strategic acquisitions," notes Mr. Hermance.
"We now anticipate 2015 sales to be down slightly compared to 2014 due to the impact of foreign currency. Organic sales are expected to increase low-single digits on a percentage basis over 2014, which is at the low-end of our initial guidance range. We continue to expect earnings for 2015, excluding first quarter realignment costs, to be in the range of $2.58 to $2.63 per diluted share, up 7% to 9% over 2014 adjusted earnings per share," adds Mr. Hermance.
"Second quarter 2015 sales are expected to be roughly flat with last year's second quarter. We estimate our earnings in the second quarter to be approximately $0.63 to $0.64 per diluted share, an increase of 3% to 5% over last year's second quarter of $0.61 per diluted share," concludes Mr. Hermance.
AMETEK will webcast its First Quarter 2015 investor conference call on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, beginning at 8:30 AM ET. The live audio webcast will be available at the Investors section of www.ametek.com and at www.streetevents.com. The call will also be archived at the Investors section of www.ametek.com.
AMETEK is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electro-mechanical devices with annual sales of $4.0 billion. AMETEK's Corporate Growth Plan is based on Four Key Strategies: Operational Excellence, Strategic Acquisitions, Global & Market Expansion and New Products. AMETEK's objective is double-digit percentage growth in earnings per share over the business cycle and a superior return on total capital. The common stock of AMETEK is a component of the S&P 500 Index.
Statements in this news release relating to future events, such as AMETEK's expected business and financial performance are "forward-looking statements." Forward-looking statements are subject to various factors and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ significantly from expectations. These factors and uncertainties include our ability to consummate and successfully integrate future acquisitions; risks associated with international sales and operations; our ability to successfully develop new products, open new facilities or transfer product lines; the price and availability of raw materials; compliance with government regulations, including environmental regulations; changes in the competitive environment or the effects of competition in our markets; the ability to maintain adequate liquidity and financing sources; and general economic conditions affecting the industries we serve. A detailed discussion of these and other factors that may affect our future results is contained in AMETEK's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent reports on Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. AMETEK disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.