AMETEK Announces Fourth Quarter 2015 Results

Friday, February 5, 2016

AMETEK ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER 2015 RESULTS

BERWYN, PA, FEBRUARY 5, 2016
– AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE: AME) today announced its financial results for the three month and full year periods ended December 31, 2015.

AMETEK reported fourth quarter 2015 sales of $988.0 million, down 4% from last year’s fourth quarter. Excluding realignment costs of $20.7 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, fourth quarter 2015 operating income was down 1% to $229.5 million, operating margins were up 50 basis points to 23.2%, and diluted earnings per share of $0.63 were unchanged from the fourth quarter 2014 adjusted levels. Fourth quarter 2014 adjusted results excluded $5.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, of Zygo integration costs.

“I am very pleased with AMETEK’s results in the fourth quarter and for the full year. We achieved record levels of operating performance and diluted earnings per share this year despite an increasingly challenging global economic environment. Our solid results reflect the continued excellent work of all AMETEK colleagues in executing our Four Growth Strategies,” noted Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

On a GAAP basis, fourth quarter 2015 operating income was $208.8 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.57, and fourth quarter 2014 operating income was $227.1 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.62. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to adjusted results is included in the financial tables accompanying the release.

Electronic Instruments Group (EIG)
For the fourth quarter of 2015, EIG sales were $628.4 million, down 2% versus $644.4 million in last year’s comparable quarter. Excluding fourth quarter 2015 realignment costs and fourth quarter 2014 Zygo integration costs, operating income increased 2% to a record $170.9 million, and operating margins were up 110 basis points to 27.2%.

“EIG performed well in this slow growth environment. Lower sales in the quarter were driven by currency headwinds and weakness across our oil and gas businesses. Our Aerospace business continues to perform well. Operating performance was very strong with operating margins up 110 basis points benefitting from our focus on Operational Excellence initiatives,” added Mr. Hermance.

On a GAAP basis, EIG operating income was $161.7 million in the 2015 fourth quarter and $162.9 million in the 2014 fourth quarter.

Electromechanical Group (EMG)
In the fourth quarter, EMG sales were $359.6 million, down 5% from last year’s fourth quarter. Excluding realignment costs, operating income was down 8% to $70.9 million and operating margins were 19.7% for the quarter.

“EMG managed well through a very difficult market environment in the fourth quarter. Sales were impacted by foreign currency headwinds and weakness across our Engineered Materials, Interconnects and Packaging businesses largely as a result of continued commodity price deflation,” notes Mr. Hermance.

On a GAAP basis, EMG operating income was $60.2 million in the 2015 fourth quarter.

2016 Outlook
“We do not anticipate a meaningful change in global economic conditions in 2016 with sluggish conditions across oil and gas, emerging markets and the broad industrial markets expected to continue. Despite this, we have proven that our strong portfolio of differentiated businesses, excellent operational capabilities, on-going investments in new product development and geographic expansion, and a continued focus on strategic acquisitions should enable us to perform well in 2016,” noted Mr. Hermance.

“We anticipate 2016 revenue to be up low single digits on a percentage basis from 2015. Earnings for 2016 are expected to be in the range of $2.55 to $2.65 per diluted share, flat to up 4% over 2015 adjusted results,” added Mr. Hermance.

“First quarter 2016 sales are expected to be down low single digits from last year’s first quarter. We estimate our earnings to be approximately $0.56 to $0.58 per diluted share,” concluded Mr. Hermance.

Conference Call
The Company will webcast its Fourth Quarter 2015 investor conference call on Friday, February 5, 2016 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.

Corporate Profile
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.

Forward-looking Information
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.