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HARTFORD, Conn. – United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) today reported fourth quarter 2009 earnings per share of $1.15 and net income attributable to common shareowners of $1.1 billion, down 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively, over the year ago quarter. Results for the current quarter include an $0.08 per share charge for restructuring costs net of one time items. In 2008, there was a net benefit of $0.06 per share from one time gains in excess of restructuring costs. Before these items, earnings per share grew 5 percent, or $0.06. Foreign currency translation contributed $0.04 of the earnings per share growth.
Consolidated revenues for the quarter of $14.1 billion were 5 percent below prior year, including 6 points of organic decline and 1 point of net divestitures, offset by 3 points of favorable foreign currency translation. Segment operating margin at 13.7 percent was 110 basis points higher than prior year. Adjusted for restructuring costs and one time items, segment operating margin was 150 basis points higher than prior year. Cash flow from operations was $1.5 billion, including $637 million of global pension contributions. Capital expenditures were $325 million in the quarter.
Full year earnings per share of $4.12 and net income attributable to common shareowners of $3.8 billion declined 16 and 18 percent, respectively, from 2008 results. Revenues of $52.9 billion were 11 percent below prior year including organic decline (7 points), adverse foreign currency translation (3 points), and net divestitures (1 point). Cash flow from operations was $5.4 billion and capital expenditures were $826 million.
“UTC closed the year with solid performance in the face of continuing difficult end markets,” said Louis Chênevert, UTC Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “Relentless focus on costs across the business contributed to strong margin expansion in the quarter. Strong working capital performance led full year cash flow from operations less capital expenditures to be 118 percent of net income attributable to common shareowners, including $1.3 billion of global pension contributions.”
Restructuring and other charges for the quarter were $135 million, bringing the full year to $830 million. For the year, restructuring and other charges were $0.46 of earnings per share, net of one-time gains.
“Year over year order rates have remained stable, although at low levels, and we saw increases in some Asian economies, notably China,” Chênevert continued. “While order rates will keep pressure on our top line, particularly in the first half of 2010, we anticipate that benefits from structural cost actions will allow us to deliver earnings growth of 7 percent to 13 percent with 2010 earnings per share of $4.40 to $4.65.
“We expect our usual standard of cash flow from operations less capital expenditures equal to or exceeding net income attributable to common shareowners in 2010. Our acquisition placeholder is $3 billion including the GE Security transaction, and share repurchase is expected to be $1.5 billion,” Chênevert added.
Share repurchase in the quarter was $320 million and totaled $1.1 billion for the year. Acquisition spending was $703 million for the year with $146 million in the fourth quarter.
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United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. Additional information, including a webcast, is available on the Internet at http://www.utc.com.
This release includes "forward looking statements" concerning expected revenue, earnings, cash flow, share repurchases, restructuring; anticipated benefits of UTC’s diversification, cost reduction efforts and business model; and other matters that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These statements often contain words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “estimate”, “believe”, “will”, “should”, “see”, “guidance” and similar terms. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in forward looking statements include extended weakness in global economic conditions; extended contraction in credit conditions; the impact of volatility and deterioration in financial markets on overall levels of economic activity; declines in end market demand in construction and in both the commercial and defense segments of the aerospace industry; fluctuation in commodity prices, interest rates, foreign currency exchange rates, and the impact of weather conditions; and company specific items including the impact of further deterioration and extended weakness in global economic conditions on demand for our products and services, the financial strength of customers and suppliers and on levels of air travel; financial difficulties, including bankruptcy, of commercial airlines; the availability and impact of acquisitions; the rate and ability to effectively integrate these acquired businesses; the ability to achieve cost reductions at planned levels; challenges in the design, development, production and support of advanced technologies and new products and services; delays and disruption in delivery of materials and services from suppliers; labor disputes; and the outcome of legal proceedings. The level of share repurchases may vary depending on the level of other investing activities. For information identifying other important economic, political, regulatory, legal, technological, competitive and other uncertainties, see UTC's SEC filings as submitted from time to time, including but not limited to, the information included in UTC's 10-K and 10-Q Reports under the headings "Business", "Risk Factors", "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Cautionary Note Concerning Factors that May Affect Future Results", as well as the information included in UTC's Current Reports on Form 8-K.