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Crane Co. Reports First Quarter Results and Reaffirms Full-Year Guidance

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

First Quarter 2019 Highlights:

  • GAAP earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $1.36 compared to $1.13 in 2018; excluding Special Items, EPS of $1.45 increased 11% compared to last year.
  • Sales of $832 million increased 4% compared to 2018, with core sales growth of 6%.
  • Reaffirming full-year GAAP EPS guidance of $6.05-$6.25; excluding Special Items, 2019 EPS guidance is $6.25-$6.45.

Crane Co. (CR), a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products, reported first quarter 2019 GAAP earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $1.36, compared to $1.13 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding Special Items, first quarter 2019 EPS increased 11% to $1.45, compared to $1.31 in the first quarter of 2018. (Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables for a detailed reconciliation of reported results to adjusted measures.)

First quarter 2019 sales were $832 million, an increase of 4% compared to the first quarter of 2018. The sales increase was comprised of $46 million, or 6%, from core growth and a $7 million, or 1%, benefit from net acquisitions, partially offset by $20 million, or 3%, of unfavorable foreign exchange.

First quarter 2019 operating profit was $114 million, an increase of 21% compared to $94 million in the first quarter of 2018. Operating profit margin of 13.7% compared to 11.8% last year. Excluding Special Items, first quarter 2019 operating profit was $120 million, an increase of 12% compared to $107 million in the first quarter of 2018. Excluding Special Items, operating profit margin of 14.4% compared to 13.4% last year. (Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables for a detailed reconciliation of reported results to adjusted measures.)

Max Mitchell, Crane Co. President and Chief Executive Officer commented: "We had a strong start to the year, with operating results slightly better than expected. All of our businesses are performing well, and we continue to execute on our growth initiatives, as well as productivity and repositioning activities."

First Quarter 2019 Segment Results

All comparisons detailed in this section refer to operating results for the first quarter 2019 versus the first quarter 2018.

 

Fluid Handling

               
First Quarter Change
(dollars in millions) 2019   2018    
Sales $ 274 $ 267 $ 7 3 %
 
Operating Profit $ 34 $ 28 $ 6 21 %
Operating Profit, before Special Items* $ 36 $ 29 $ 8 26 %
 
Profit Margin 12.5 % 10.5 %
Profit Margin, before Special Items* 13.3 % 10.8 %
 
*Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables
 

Sales increased $7 million, or 3%, driven by $17 million, or 6%, of core growth, partially offset by $10 million, or 4%, of unfavorable foreign exchange. Operating margin increased to 12.5%, compared to 10.5% last year, primarily reflecting productivity, operating leverage on higher volumes, and repositioning benefits. Excluding Special Items, operating margin increased to 13.3%, a 250 basis point increase compared to 10.8% last year. Fluid Handling order backlog was $285 million at March 31, 2019, $280 million at December 31, 2018, and $281 million at March 31, 2018.

 

Payment & Merchandising Technologies

   
First Quarter Change
(dollars in millions) 2019   2018  
Sales $ 304 $ 292 $ 11 4 %
 
Operating Profit $ 43 $ 37 $ 7 18 %
Operating Profit, before Special Items* $ 47 $ 48 $ (1 ) (3 %)
 
Profit Margin 14.2 % 12.5 %
Profit Margin, before Special Items* 15.4 % 16.5 %
 
*Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables
 

Sales increased $11 million, or 4%, driven by $14 million, or 5%, of core growth and a $7 million, or 2%, benefit from net acquisitions, partially offset by $10 million, or 3%, of unfavorable foreign exchange. Operating margin improved to 14.2%, from 12.5% last year, primarily reflecting lower acquisition related expenses, benefits from repositioning, and operating leverage on higher volumes, partially offset by unfavorable mix and the timing of certain costs. Excluding Special Items, operating margins of 15.4% declined from 16.5% last year, primarily reflecting unfavorable mix and the timing of certain costs, partially offset by operating leverage on higher volumes.

 

Aerospace & Electronics

   
First Quarter Change
(dollars in millions) 2019   2018    
Sales $ 195 $ 170 $ 24 14 %
 
Operating Profit $ 45 $ 34 $ 11 31 %
Operating Profit, before Special Items* $ 45 $ 34 $ 11 32 %
 
Profit Margin 23.0 % 20.1 %
Profit Margin, before Special Items* 23.3 % 20.2 %
 
*Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables
 

Sales increased $24 million, or 14%, driven by higher core sales. Operating margin improved to 23.0%, from 20.1% last year, primarily reflecting operating leverage on higher volumes and productivity. Excluding Special Items, operating margin improved to 23.3%, from 20.2% last year. Aerospace & Electronics order backlog was $487 million at March 31, 2019, $447 million at December 31, 2018, and $381 million at March 31, 2018.

 

Engineered Materials

                         
First Quarter Change
(dollars in millions) 2019   2018  
Sales $ 60 $ 70 $ (10 ) (14 %)
 
Operating Profit $ 9 $ 12 $ (3 ) (24 %)
 
Profit Margin 15.8 % 17.8 %
 

Sales decreased $10 million, or 14%, driven primarily by lower sales to Recreational Vehicle customers. Operating margin declined to 15.8%, from 17.8%, primarily reflecting lower volumes.

Reaffirming Full Year 2019 Guidance

We are reaffirming our full year 2019 GAAP EPS guidance in a range of $6.05-$6.25. Excluding Special Items, full year 2019 EPS guidance is $6.25-$6.45. Sales for 2019 are expected to be approximately $3.3 billion, reflecting a slight decline in core sales and an unfavorable foreign exchange impact of approximately 2%. Full year 2019 free cash flow (cash provided by operating activities less capital spending) is expected to be in a range of $335 million to $365 million. (Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables.)

Additional Information

Additional information with respect to the Company’s asbestos liability and related accounting provisions and cash requirements is set forth in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with a copy of this press release.

Conference Call

Crane Co. has scheduled a conference call to discuss the first quarter financial results on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. (Eastern). All interested parties may listen to a live webcast of the call at http://www.craneco.com. An archived webcast will also be available to replay this conference call directly from the Company’s website under Investors, Events & Presentations. Slides that accompany the conference call will be available on the Company’s website.

Crane Co. is a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products. Founded in 1855, Crane Co. provides products and solutions to customers in the chemicals, oil & gas, power, automated payment solutions, banknote design and production and aerospace & defense markets, along with a wide range of general industrial and consumer related end markets. The Company has four business segments: Fluid Handling, Payment & Merchandising Technologies, Aerospace & Electronics and Engineered Materials. Crane Co. has approximately 12,000 employees in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Crane Co. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (CR). For more information, visit www.craneco.com.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on the management’s current beliefs, expectations, plans, assumptions and objectives regarding Crane Co.’s future financial performance and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Any discussions contained in this press release, except to the extent that they contain historical facts, are forward-looking and accordingly involve estimates, assumptions, judgments and uncertainties. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those addressed in these forward-looking statements. Such factors are detailed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such reports are available on the Securities Exchange Commission’s website (www.sec.gov). Crane Co. does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.

(Financial Tables Follow)

 
CRANE CO.
Income Statement Data
(in millions, except per share data)
 
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
2019   2018
Net sales:
Fluid Handling $ 273.7 $ 266.6
Payment & Merchandising Technologies 303.8 292.4
Aerospace & Electronics 194.6 170.4
Engineered Materials 59.6   69.7  
Total net sales $ 831.7  

$

799.1  
 
Operating profit:
Fluid Handling $ 34.1

$

28.1
Payment & Merchandising Technologies 43.2 36.5
Aerospace & Electronics 44.8 34.2
Engineered Materials 9.4 12.4
Corporate (17.8 ) (16.9 )
Total operating profit 113.7 94.3
 
Interest income 0.6 0.8
Interest expense (11.9 ) (14.6 )
Miscellaneous, Net 2.0   3.9  
Income before income taxes 104.4 84.4
Provision for income taxes 21.9   15.7  
Net income before allocation to noncontrolling interests 82.5 68.7
Less: Noncontrolling interest in subsidiaries' earnings 0.1    
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 82.4   $ 68.7  
 
Share Data:
Earnings per diluted share $ 1.36 $ 1.13
 
Average diluted shares outstanding 60.7 61.0
Average basic shares outstanding 59.8 59.7
 

Supplemental Data:

Cost of Sales $ 528.0 $ 521.2
Selling, General & Administrative 190.0 177.6
Acquisition & Integration Related Charges * 1.1 5.2
Repositioning Related charges * 5.3 0.8
Depreciation and Amortization * 27.7 27.9
Stock-Based Compensation Expense * 5.5 5.6
 
* Amount included within cost of sales and selling, general & administrative costs.
 
 
CRANE CO.
Condensed Balance Sheets
(in millions)
   

March 31,

2019

December 31,

2018

ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 256.8 $ 343.4
Accounts receivable, net 573.8 515.8
Current insurance receivable - asbestos 16.0 16.0
Inventories, net 440.6 411.5
Other current assets 84.1   76.2
Total current assets 1,371.3 1,362.9
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 595.8 599.1
Long-term insurance receivable - asbestos 71.9 75.0
Other assets 691.7 602.0
Goodwill 1,411.6   1,403.7
 
Total assets $ 4,142.3   $ 4,042.7
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt $ 63.1 $ 6.9
Accounts payable 263.2 329.2
Current asbestos liability 66.0 66.0
Accrued liabilities 310.3 337.1
Income taxes 1.1   1.0
Total current liabilities 703.7 740.2
 
Long-term debt 940.2 942.3
Long-term deferred tax liability 53.7 53.2
Long-term asbestos liability 438.5 451.3
Other liabilities 413.2 328.6
 
Total equity 1,593.0   1,527.1
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 4,142.3   $ 4,042.7
 
 
CRANE CO.
Condensed Statements of Cash Flows
(in millions)
 

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2019   2018
Operating activities:
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 82.4 $ 68.7
Noncontrolling interest in subsidiaries' earnings 0.1    
Net income before allocations to noncontrolling interests 82.5 68.7
Loss on deconsolidation of joint venture 1.2
Depreciation and amortization 27.7 27.9
Stock-based compensation expense 5.5 5.6
Defined benefit plans and postretirement credit (2.0 ) (3.9 )
Deferred income taxes 5.4 12.7
Cash used for operating working capital (203.4 ) (29.5 )
Defined benefit plans and postretirement contributions (4.3 ) (4.5 )
Environmental payments, net of reimbursements (1.6 ) (2.3 )
Other (1.7 ) 2.4  
Subtotal (90.7 ) 77.1
Asbestos related payments, net of insurance recoveries (9.7 ) (2.9 )
Total (used for) provided by operating activities (100.4 ) 74.2  
 
Investing activities:
Capital expenditures (19.8 ) (27.5 )
Proceeds from disposition of capital assets 0.3
Impact of deconsolidation of joint venture (0.2 )
Payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired   (672.3 )
Total used for investing activities (20.0 ) (699.5 )
 
Financing activities:
Dividends paid (23.4 ) (20.9 )
Stock options exercised, net of shares reacquired (0.4 ) 4.5
Debt issuance costs (5.4 )
Repayment of long-term debt (1.4 ) (250.0 )
Repayment of short-term debt (100.0 )
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 3.0 550.0
Proceeds from issuance of short-term debt 100.0
Proceeds from issuance of commercial paper, net 55.5   272.7  
Total used for financing activities 33.3   550.9  
 
Effect of exchange rate on cash and cash equivalents 0.5   10.5  
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (86.6 ) (63.9 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 343.4   706.2  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 256.8   $ 642.3  
 
 
CRANE CO.
Order Backlog
(in millions)
 
  March 31,
2019
  December 31,
2018
  September 30,
2018
 

June 30,
2018

 

March 31,
2018

Fluid Handling $ 284.8 $ 279.6 $ 297.7 $ 291.6 $ 281.2
Payment & Merchandising Technologies 322.2 331.5 359.0 350.5 301.0
Aerospace & Electronics 487.1 446.6 445.1 441.3 381.2
Engineered Materials 12.3   14.9   10.3   13.2   13.4
Total Backlog $ 1,106.4   $ 1,072.6   $ 1,112.1   $ 1,096.6   $ 976.8
 
 

CRANE CO.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(in millions, except per share data)

 

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

Percent
Change
March 31,
2019

2019   2018

Three
Months

INCOME ITEMS

Net sales $ 831.7 $ 799.1 4.1 %
 
Operating profit

 

113.7

94.3 20.6 %
Percentage of sales

 

13.7

% 11.8 %

Special items impacting operating profit:

Inventory step-up and backlog amortization

 

6.6
Acquisition & Integration Related Charges

 

1.1

5.2
Repositioning Related charges

 

5.3

  0.8  
Operating profit before special items $ 120.1   $ 106.9   12.3 %
Percentage of sales

 

14.4

% 13.4 %
 
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 82.4 $ 68.7
Per share $ 1.36 $ 1.13 20.4 %
 

Special items impacting net income attributable to common shareholders:

Inventory step-up and Backlog amortization - Net Of Tax

 

5.1
Per Share $ 0.08
Acquisition & Integration Related Charges - Net of Tax

 

0.9

4.0
Per Share $ 0.01 $ 0.06
Repositioning Related charges - Net of Tax

 

4.2

0.6
Per Share $ 0.07 $ 0.01
Incremental financing costs associated with acquisition - Net of Tax

 

1.4

Per Share $ 0.02
Deconsolidation of joint venture - Net of Tax

 

0.8

Per Share $ 0.01
Impact of Tax Law Change

 

0.3
Per Share     $ 0.00  
Net Income Attributable To Common Shareholders Before Special Items $ 88.3 $ 80.1 10.2 %
Per Diluted Share $ 1.45 $ 1.31 10.6 %
 
 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

2019   2018
 
Provision for income taxes - GAAP Basis $ 21.9 $ 15.7
Tax effect of inventory step-up and backlog amortization 1.5
Tax effect of acquisition & integration related charges 0.2 1.2
Tax effect of repositioning related charges 1.1 0.2
Tax effect of incremental financing costs associated with acquisition 0.4
Tax effect of deconsolidation of joint venture 0.4
Impact of tax law change   (0.3 )
Provision for income taxes - non-GAAP basis $ 23.6   $ 18.7  
 
 

SEGMENT INFORMATION:

 
For the three months ended March 31, 2019

Fluid
Handling

 

Payment &
Merchandising
Technologies

 

Aerospace
&
Electronics

 

Engineered
Materials

  Corporate  

Total
Company

Net sales $ 273.7 $ 303.8 $ 194.6 $ 59.6 $ $ 831.7
 
Operating Profit - GAAP 34.1 43.2 44.8 9.4 (17.8 ) 113.7
Acquisition & Integration Related Charges 1.1 1.1
Repositioning Related charges 2.2   2.6   0.6       5.3  
Operating Profit before Special Items 36.3 46.9 45.4 9.4 (17.8 ) 120.1
Percentage of Sales 13.3 % 15.4 % 23.3 % 15.8 % 14.4 %
 
 
For the three months ended March 31, 2018

Fluid
Handling

 

Payment &
Merchandising
Technologies

 

Aerospace
&
Electronics

 

Engineered
Materials

  Corporate  

Total
Company

Net Sales $ 266.6 $ 292.4 $ 170.4 $ 69.7 $ $ 799.1
 
Operating Profit - GAAP 28.1 36.5 34.2 12.4 (16.9 ) 94.3
Inventory step-up and backlog amortization 0.2 6.4 6.6
Acquisition & Integration Related Charges 5.2 5.2
Repositioning Related charges 0.4   0.2   0.2       0.8  
Operating Profit before Special Items $ 28.7 $ 48.3 $ 34.4 $ 12.4 $ (16.9 ) $ 106.9
Percentage of Sales 10.8 % 16.5 % 20.2 % 17.8 % 13.4 %
 
 
CRANE CO.
Guidance
(in millions, except per share data)
 
  2019 Full Year Guidance
2019 Earnings Per Share Guidance Low   High
 
Earnings Per Share - GAAP basis $ 6.05 $ 6.25
Repositioning Costs 0.13 0.13
Acquisition Integration Costs 0.07   0.07
Earnings Per Share - Non-GAAP basis $ 6.25   $ 6.45
 
 

CASH FLOW ITEMS

 
 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

2019 Full Year
Guidance

2019   2018 Low   High
 

Cash Provided by Operating Activities

before Asbestos-Related Payments

$ (90.7 ) $ 77.1 $ 475.0 $ 505.0
Asbestos-related payments, net of insurance recoveries (9.7 ) (2.9 ) (50.0 ) (50.0 )
Cash Provided by Operating Activities (100.4 ) 74.2 425.0 455.0
Less: Capital Expenditures (19.8 ) (27.5 ) (90.0 ) (90.0 )
Free Cash Flow $ (120.2 ) $ 46.7   $ 335.0   $ 365.0  
Certain non-GAAP measures have been provided to facilitate comparison with the prior year.
 
The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that non-GAAP financial measures which exclude certain non-recurring items present additional useful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods, providing investors with a clearer view of the underlying trends of the business. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating, planning and compensation decisions and in evaluating the Company's performance.
 
In addition, Free Cash Flow provides supplemental information to assist management and investors in analyzing the Company’s ability to generate liquidity from its operating activities. The measure of Free Cash Flow does not take into consideration certain other non-discretionary cash requirements such as, for example, mandatory principal payments on the Company's long-term debt. Non-GAAP financial measures, which may be inconsistent with similarly captioned measures presented by other companies, should be viewed in addition to, and not as a substitute for, the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.
 

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