Honeywell (HON) Reports Inline Q4 EPS, Revenue; Reaffirms Outlook
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) reported Q4 EPS of $1.58, in-line with the analyst estimate of $1.58. Revenue for the quarter came in at $9.98 billion versus the consensus estimate of $9.98 billion.Honeywell reaffirmed FY2016 guidance.
"Honeywell delivered a strong fourth quarter, capping off another year of robust margin expansion, earnings growth, and cash flow," said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote. "We grew earnings 10% in a tough environment, representing our sixth consecutive year of double-digit earnings growth. Segment margins grew by 220 basis points driven by strong execution across the portfolio and our key process initiatives, including HOS Gold. Free Cash Flow for the full year increased 11% to $4.4 billion, which exceeded the high-end of our guidance range and included over 125% conversion in the fourth quarter. We committed to more than $6 billion in acquisitions in 2015 to bolster our Great Positions in Good Industries, reinvested $1.1 billion in our businesses through high-return capital expenditure projects, and returned more than $3.5 billion to our shareowners, including a 15% increase in our dividend. We also funded more than $160 million in new restructuring projects, including $60 million in the fourth quarter, which will put us in an even stronger position for the future."
"We are planning conservatively in 2016 as we are expecting another year of slow global economic growth," continued Cote. "But, we remain confident in Honeywell's ability to outperform. We will support growth where there are opportunities to drive outperformance, be cautious in our sales planning, plan costs and spending conservatively, and continue to support the seed planting for new products, services, geographies, and process improvements that allow us to perform well now and in the future. We expect continued margin expansion and earnings outperformance in 2016 and over the long term, supported by our balanced portfolio, HOS Gold breakthrough goals, further penetration of High Growth Regions, and funded restructuring projects."
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