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Edited Transcript of HON earnings conference call or presentation 18-Apr-19 12:30pm GMT

Q1 2019 Honeywell International Inc Earnings Call

MORRISTOWN Apr 22, 2019 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of Honeywell International Inc earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 12:30:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Darius E. Adamczyk

Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President

* Gregory P. Lewis

Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO

* Mark Macaluso

Honeywell International Inc. - VP of IR

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Conference Call Participants

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* Andrew Alec Kaplowitz

Citigroup Inc, Research Division - MD and U.S. Industrial Sector Head

* Andrew Burris Obin

BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - MD

* Charles Stephen Tusa

JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - MD

* Deane Michael Dray

RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Research Division - Analyst

* Jeffrey Todd Sprague

Vertical Research Partners, LLC - Founder and Managing Partner

* John Fred Walsh

Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division - Director

* Joshua Charles Pokrzywinski

Morgan Stanley, Research Division - Equity Analyst

* Julian C.H. Mitchell

Barclays Bank PLC, Research Division - Research Analyst

* Nicole Sheree DeBlase

Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division - Director & Lead Analyst

* Nigel Edward Coe

Wolfe Research, LLC - MD & Senior Research Analyst

* Scott Reed Davis

Melius Research LLC - Founding Partner, Chairman, CEO & Research Analyst of Multi-Industry Research

* Sheila Karin Kahyaoglu

Jefferies LLC, Research Division - Equity Analyst

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Honeywell's First Quarter 2019 Earnings Release Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this call is being recorded.

I would now like to introduce your host for today's conference, Mark Macaluso, Vice President of Investor Relations. Please go ahead, sir.

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Mark Macaluso, Honeywell International Inc. - VP of IR [2]

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Thank you, April. Good morning, and welcome to Honeywell's First Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. With me here today are Chairman and CEO, Darius Adamczyk; and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Greg Lewis.

This call and webcast, including any non-GAAP reconciliations, are available on our website at www.honeywell.com/investor.

Note that elements of this presentation contain forward-looking statements that are based on our best view of the world and of our businesses as we see them today. Those elements can change, and we ask that you interpret them in that light. We identify any principal risks and uncertainties that may affect our performance in our annual report on Form 10-K and other SEC filings.

For this call, references to adjusted earnings per share, adjusted free cash flow and free cash flow conversion and effective tax rate exclude the impacts from separation cost related to the 2 spin-offs of our Homes and Transportation Systems businesses in 2018 as well as pension mark-to-market adjustment and U.S. tax legislation, except where otherwise noted. References to 2019 adjusted free cash flow guidance and associated conversion exclude impact from separation costs related to the 2018 spin-offs.

This morning, we will review our financial results for the first quarter of 2019, share our guidance for the second quarter and provide an update to our full year 2019 outlook. And as always, we'll leave time for your questions at the end.

With that, I'd like to turn the call over to Chairman and CEO, Darius Adamczyk.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [3]

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Thank you, Mark, and good morning, everyone. Let's begin on Slide 2.

Honeywell had a tremendous first quarter, delivering earnings per share of $1.92 or $0.07 above the high end of our guidance range and up 13% excluding the impact of the spins in 2018. The strong earnings performance was driven by organic sales growth of 8% and 120 basis points of segment margin expansion.

Our outstanding top line results were driven by continued strength in our long-cycle commercial aerospace, defense and warehouse and process automations businesses. In addition, we achieved a significant improvement in Honeywell Building Technologies, which delivered 9% organic sales growth in this quarter. The first full quarter following our 2018 spin-offs, after 1% in the fourth quarter of 2018, for all of Honeywell, our long-cycle backlog increased more than 10% year-over-year and continues to position us well for the remainder of 2019.

The investments we made in our sales organization, new product development and M&A in the warehouse automation business, coupled with our winning positions under right platforms in Aerospace continued to drive outstanding top line results. Segment margin exceeded 20% in the first quarter driven by smart portfolio enhancements made in 2018, continued investments in sales excellence, increased sales volumes and the benefits of previously funded repositioning projects.

I'm also encouraged by the improvement of gross margin, which increased 300 basis points in the first quarter. Our concerted efforts to improve working capital generated adjusted free cash flow of 55 -- growth of 55% excluding separation costs and the impact of the spins in 2018.

Conversion in the first quarter was 82%, the highest start to the year since 2010. It represented a 14-point year-over-year improvement. I'm extremely pleased with the progress we've made in this area while continuing to invest in our business.

As a result of our first quarter results and continued confidence in our ability to deliver, today we're raising our full year organic sales guidance to a new range of 3% to 6% and earnings per share guidance to a new range of $7.90 to $8.15. We continue to expect to generate nearly $6 billion in free cash flow with conversion in the range of 95% to 100%.

As I said in January, Honeywell is a simpler, more focused company that continues to overdeliver on its commitments. We are encouraged by our results, particularly with organic sales growth and free cash flow, which were 2 of my top priorities when I took over as CEO. Notwithstanding the strong start to the year, we continue to take steps to ensure we can deliver on our commitments in a potentially uncertain macro environment should things slow down in the second half of 2019.

We took significant actions in 2018 to transform the business, the results of which you see in our performance today. A combination of strong sales growth, favorable end-market exposure and significant balance sheet positions us well for the remainder of 2019.

I'll stop there and turn the call over to Greg who will discuss our first quarter results and updated 2019 guidance in more detail.

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [4]

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Thank you, Darius, and good morning, everyone. I'd like to begin on Slide 3. As Darius mentioned, we delivered another strong quarter across all of our businesses. 8% organic sales growth was the highest we've seen since 2011 and an acceleration from 6% in the fourth quarter of 2018. All of the markets we serve remain strong.

A few highlights to mention. Commercial Aviation OE grew 10% organically driven by demand for new business jet platforms. Defense & Space grew 13%, continuing the trend of strong double-digit sales growth. Building Technologies grew 9% organically with strength in commercial fire and security as well as in Building Solutions, particularly in India and China. And our warehouse automation and sensing and IoT businesses delivered another quarter of double-digit organic sales growth, just as they did throughout 2018, leading to 10% organic sales growth in Safety and Productivity Solutions.

The impact of the spin-offs of our Homes and Transportation Systems businesses, both lower margins than the portfolio, contributed 80 basis points of segment margin expansion this quarter. The remaining 40 basis points was the result of our strong operational performance, continued investments in commercial excellence initiatives and increased sales volumes.

We continue to effectively manage the impact of tariffs and material and labor inflation through our ongoing mitigation efforts, and we've made further progress on the elimination of all spin-related stranded costs by the end of 2019. However, we did see some volume declines in our Productivity Products business, which contributed to lower margin in SPS in the quarter. I'll discuss that in more detail shortly.

The majority of our earnings growth, $0.15 this quarter, came from segment profit improvement. We realized a $0.06 benefit from our share repurchase program, which resulted in a weighted average share count of 739 million shares in the quarter. Consistent with our first quarter guidance, our effective tax rate was approximately 22%, which generated a $0.04 benefit year-over-year. You will find a bridge of our first quarter earnings per share in the appendix of this presentation.

And finally, adjusted free cash flow in the first quarter was $1.2 billion, up 55% excluding separation cost and the impact of the spins. As Darius mentioned, we continue to see strong cash generation, particularly in Performance Materials and Technologies and Aerospace in the quarter. We are very pleased with our results across the board.

Now let's turn to Slide 4 and discuss our segment performance.

Beginning with Aerospace. With sales up 10% on an organic basis, we continue to perform extremely well in today's robust demand environment driven by our strong positions on the right platforms. Notably, this marked the third consecutive quarter of double-digit organic growth for Aerospace.

Defense & Space grew 13% organically led by continued global demand for sensors and guidance systems, increased spares volumes on the U.S. DOD defense programs and robust shipment volumes on key OE programs, including the F-35.

Commercial OE sales were up 10% organically with increased ship set volumes across all Gulfstream platforms, increased avionics deliveries on the Dassault F900 and F2000 aircraft and increased engine shipments for the Textron Longitude. We expect this momentum to continue in the coming quarters.

In the commercial aftermarket, sales were up 8% organically driven by strong global airline demand and tailwinds from ADSP's safety mandates. In addition, we saw robust connected aircraft growth driven by demand for JetWave and business jet software offerings.

Aerospace segment margin expanded by 260 basis points driven by commercial excellence and margin accretion from the spin of Transportation Systems. The spin contributed about 80 basis points of Aero's total margin expansion.

Before we move on, I just want to take a moment to address questions we received regarding the unfortunate events surrounding Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft. At this time, based on our customer's current production schedules, we do not anticipate a significant impact to our 2019 results. We will continue to monitor the situation as we move throughout the year.

Now moving to Honeywell Building Technologies. Organic sales growth was 9% driven by strength in commercial fire products and improved demand for our security offerings. We saw robust demand for our Niagara software platform as well as further improvement in supply chain execution, which had been impacted in the back half of 2018 by the spins.

Projects growth in Building Solutions was also strong, particularly for international airport installations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. The projects backlog in Building Solutions was up over 15% at the end of the first quarter.

Stepping back for a minute. This quarter's performance is a result of specific actions taken by the new HBT leadership team, which is moving the business in the right direction. The team is building out its sales force and capacity, investing in innovation, and they're executing the commercial excellence playbook to deploy and train a high-quality sales team. They're also focused on improving delivery and execution and are making steady progress to eliminate the remaining stranded costs related to the Home spin.

HBT segment margins expanded 240 basis points in the first quarter driven by the favorable impact from the spin-off of the Homes business. Overall, we are very pleased with their first quarter and are encouraged for the future.

In Performance Materials and Technologies, sales were up 5% on an organic basis. Process Solutions, sales were up 7% organically driven by broad-based demand in automation, including for our maintenance and migration services and field instrumentation devices. Orders in HPS grew at a double-digit rate for the third straight quarter.

In Advanced Materials, sales were up 4% organically from ongoing demand for Fluorine Products, including for our Solstice line of low global-warming refrigerants and blowing agents.

UOP sales were up 1% organically for the quarter driven by demand in gas processing and hydrogen particularly -- partially offset by a tough year-over-year sales comparable and licensing and timing-related decline in catalyst shipments. We again saw strong orders and backlog growth in UOP, up 6% and 8% organically across engineering, equipment and catalyst, which is a positive sign for future sales growth.

PMT segment margins expanded 140 basis points in the first quarter driven by commercial excellence, higher sales volumes and productivity, including the benefits of previously funded restructuring. This largely offset the impact of material and labor inflation.

Finally, in Safety and Productivity Solutions, sales were up 10% on an organic basis. Intelligrated continued to outperform with another strong quarter of double-digit sales growth driven by the conversion of our major systems backlog, aftermarket services and increased demand for Vocollect voice solutions. We also saw double-digit sales growth in our sensing and IoT business, which was a continuation of the double-digit growth they achieved in 2018. Our China business also generated double-digit sales growth.

Productivity sales -- Productivity Solutions sales growth was partially offset by decreased volumes of scanning and mobility products due to slower project ramp-ups and planned distributor destocking, mostly in North America. We highlighted this potential weakness in the business in early March. We anticipate that the Productivity Products business will improve in the second half of the year but are planning conservatively in the second quarter given the decline we experienced in Q1.

Moving to the Safety business, sales were approximately flat on an organic basis. Growth for Gas Detection products and retail footwear was offset by softer demand for general safety products and personal protective equipment.

SPS segment margins contracted 260 basis points driven by decreased productivity products, short-cycle volumes, the impact of inflation and unfavorable mix, stemming from the significantly higher sales in our warehouse and automation business, which offset benefits from commercial excellence and productivity.

Overall, the trends in our end markets are largely consistent with what we discussed in February. We remain confident in our businesses, and our view is supported by strong long-cycle orders and backlog growth. Our focus on smart growth investments, breakthrough initiatives and new product development, coupled with continued productivity rigor, has positioned us well for the remainder of 2019.

With that, let's move to Slide 5, and we can discuss our second quarter outlook.

Looking ahead to the second quarter, we anticipate that the business environment will be largely similar to Q1 with strength primarily coming from our long-cycle portfolio in commercial aerospace, defense and warehouse automation.

In Aerospace, we continue to see robust demand in both commercial aerospace and defense with growth in narrowbody production rates and increased business jet deliveries as several new models have recently entered into service. We expect the commercial aftermarket to continue to be strong driven by flight hours, airline demand and further tailwinds from the adoption of safety and compliance mandates. The industry dynamics in defense should be -- should continue to be positive, both in the U.S. and abroad.

In Building Technologies, we anticipate continued momentum in commercial fire and security. The second quarter typically encompasses the peak season for demand in these markets. We expect continued conversion of our long-cycle backlog in Building Solutions and growth in services.

In PMT, orders and backlog growth in UOP and in the automation businesses and Process Solutions should drive another quarter of strong sales growth in Q2.

In HPS, we expect continued short-cycle demand in maintenance and migration services and field instrumentation devices. And UOP growth will be driven by licensing, engineering and gas processing demand while, in Advanced Materials, we expect to see continued adoption of Solstice products in refrigerants and foam applications.

Finally, in Safety and Productivity Solutions, we expect the strong e-commerce and warehouse distribution macro trend to continue as well as growth in maintenance, services and voice solutions. We're expecting additional destocking in our distributor channel will drive a decline in mobility, scanning and print in the quarter. On the Safety side, growth should improve sequentially in both Gas Detection and personal protective equipment, and we anticipate continued demand in the retail footwear business.

For total Honeywell, the net below-the-line impact, which is the difference between segment profit and income before tax will be approximately a positive $30 million to $40 million next quarter driven by increased interest income and benefits from the spins' indemnification payments related to asbestos and environmental expenses, partially offset by lower pension income due to the 2018 pension derisking actions we took, all as previously guided.

Our guidance assumes a weighted average share count of 734 million shares and effective tax rate of about 22% and earnings dilution from the 2018 spin of approximately $0.19 in the quarter.

Now let's turn to Slide 6, and we can discuss our revised full year guidance.

We have revised our full year sales and earnings per share guidance to reflect our strong outperformance in the first quarter. We continue to be encouraged by our business performance and outlook. However, we are remaining cautious with regards to the short-cycle portion of our portfolio given the macro uncertainties that remain in the second half of the year.

We are raising our full year organic sales guidance by 1 point on both the low and the high end to a new range of 3% to 6%. Our segment margin expansion and free cash flow guidance are unchanged. We remain on track to deliver 95% to 100% free cash flow conversion while investing in the business through higher-return CapEx and research and development. The revised earnings per share guidance represents earnings growth of 7% to 10% excluding the impact of the spins in 2018.

We continue to expect no significant impact in 2019 related to tariffs. We have mitigation actions in place, including to address the impact of potential tariffs on all remaining items imported from China. We are also closely monitoring the potential effects of Brexit in our operations and are communicating regularly with our customers, partners and suppliers around these plans. We are planning for various potential Brexit outcomes including a no-deal Brexit scenario to ensure that as the terms of the U.K.'s departure from the EU are finalized, we are best positioned to continue meeting our customers' needs.

Our guidance continues to reflect a weighted average share count of approximately 731 million shares and an effective tax rate of approximately 22%. Our net below-the-line expenses are now expected to be in the range of $60 million to $70 million of net expense in 2019, slightly down from our original estimate of $80 million in net expense. The minor change is due to slightly higher full year estimates for both pension and interest income.

With that, I'd like to turn the call back over to Darius, who will wrap up on Slide 7.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [5]

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Thanks, Greg. The first quarter was an outstanding start to 2019 for Honeywell. We continue to execute on our commitments to shareholders and accelerate organic growth from last quarter. We have winning positions in attractive end markets with multiple levers to deliver continued margin expansion. Our operational performance is driving adjusted free cash flow growth and conversion. All of this, combined with innovative new product offerings and a strong backlog, positions us well for the second quarter.

We're continuing the business transformation initiatives I outlined during our outlook call, including in Honeywell digital, a unified software business in Honeywell Connected Enterprise and the increased focus on improving our supply chain execution. You will hear more about this and other exciting things happening in Honeywell at our 2019 Annual Investor Conference, which will take place on May 14.

With that, Mark, let's move to Q&A.

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Mark Macaluso, Honeywell International Inc. - VP of IR [6]

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Thanks, Darius. Both Darius and Greg are now available to answer any questions. April, if you could, please open the line for Q&A.

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) Our first question is coming from Steve Tusa with JPMorgan.

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Charles Stephen Tusa, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - MD [2]

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So just kind of doing the -- a lot of companies betting on kind of a back-half acceleration. You guys are just mechanically kind of the opposite and just doing the normal seasonality analysis around the businesses. Is there anything specifically that worries you in the second half because I'm getting to obviously something that's a lot higher, based on just basic normal seasonal analysis on both organic as well as the EPS numbers. And obviously, this wasn't a perfect quarter given PMT and UOP, which, seemingly, with the backlog should bounce back nicely and maybe have a bit of a slowing in other business, I don't know. Just curious if there's anything that kind of stands out that you're concerned about in the second half of the year.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [3]

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Yes. I guess I'll start. I mean I don't know that there's anything that really concerns me in the second half of the year. I think what's an unknown in the second half of the year is short-cycle business. I mean that's sort of the big unknown. And I think the signals are mixed. I mean I think overall, we're pleased with our outcome in Q1, but the short-cycle business is that -- is very much that, short cycle and all. But things looked good in Q1. They can look very, very different in the second half. You know what? On PMT, I don't know, Steve. I'm pretty happy with the PMT outcome for Q1. Whether you look at bookings, revenues, margin expansion, I'm not sure I'm really disappointed with those results at all. I'm actually very, very pleased. And when you think about things like HPS projects up strong double digits, backlog up, our book to bill up 1.2 in the long-cycle business, I don't know that I can -- that there's much to be disappointed about there.

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Charles Stephen Tusa, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - MD [4]

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Yes. I guess my only point was on UOP. It was kind of flattish this quarter. And it should accelerate. There are reasons for it to accelerate. So I'm saying that's not a reason for it to be -- for revenues to be weaker in the second half of the year. Okay. That makes some sense. Just lastly on -- to nitpick here on SPS. What is going on with the productivity business? I mean the tone at ProMat sounded reasonably positive. Is there anything going on with the launch of Mobility Edge that's kind of moving around a little bit? Just curious. A little more color on the SPS business because that was a little bit weaker than we were expecting.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [5]

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Yes. I think that's fair. Yes, I think a couple of things. The first one being we had some destocking in our -- with our distributors. We anticipated some of that. Frankly, it was a little bit greater than we had anticipated. And we think that that's actually going to continue in Q2. When you look at the product subsegments, it's actually the mobility did okay. It was -- we looked at the sell-through figures for productivity products, the mobility did quite well. It was probably more of an issue on the destocking on the scanning, and that's where we saw a little bit of the pain points. But I will tell you that in the second half of the year, we are anticipating growth in that business. We anticipate filling some larger orders, and the destocking situation should normalize. So, yes, this -- Q1 wasn't exactly what we had hoped for, but I'm also bullish on the long term of the business.

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Charles Stephen Tusa, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - MD [6]

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Okay. Sorry. One more quick one. Have your priorities on capital allocation changed at all? Are you guys, given where multiples are today, are you thinking maybe a little more buyback than acquisitions? Are you still on the hunt with this pipeline?

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [7]

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Yes. No. I think it's just -- unfortunately, the environment hasn't change. I mean we would like to steer more of our deployment towards M&A, but I'm also trying to stay disciplined, and the multiples continue to be high. So something is going to have to give. But having said that, we have been deploying more towards buybacks, and we deployed a lot last year. Average share purchase price was right around $150, and that includes -- that's prior to the spin-off of Garrett and Resideo. So if you look at where we are today, I think that's proven to be a pretty good investment. And we continue with another $750 million in Q1, which also looks to be -- and I think when in doubt, bet on yourself. Because there's -- we feel great about the company. We feel great about our prospects. We're going to continue to perform as indicated by our backlog positions, our bookings and so on. We're very confident Honeywell is going to continue to perform. And thus, a little bit more skewed towards buyback. But don't read into that, that we're not interested in M&A. We are. We're just trying to be disciplined and pay good valuations that are reasonable, which is extraordinarily challenging in this environment and you see in the multiples we paid.

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Charles Stephen Tusa, JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division - MD [8]

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Yes. When you're beating and raising and growing 6% to 8%, you can be patient. So I get it.

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Operator [9]

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And our next question comes from Jeffrey Sprague with Vertical Research Partners.

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Jeffrey Todd Sprague, Vertical Research Partners, LLC - Founder and Managing Partner [10]

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Just 2 things from me. First, just back on kind of channel inventories, maybe more broadly. Is there anything that stands out in your businesses, especially in the shorter-cycle businesses where there was some type of prebuy or something that's created elevated inventory that you're planning for some kind of give back on beyond what we've seen in Productivity Solutions? Maybe just the general state of play there and your visibility to the extent that there is any on the short cycle.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [11]

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No. There was a little bit in terms of an ERP prebuy because we had done some ERP conversions. And these, sometimes, they don't go as smoothly as planned. So we generally had a little bit of a buy-in, but I don't think that was accelerated. I think it was a little bit of a mismatch between sellout expectations and buy-in expectations, and that was particularly pronounced in productivity, especially in our scanning business. And those things just take a little bit of time to normalize. And we're very confident that the portfolio has got a new set of products coming out here again, particularly in the warehouse and distribution segment, which we think is very interesting. So I'm not particularly worried about it. And like I say, we are projecting growth for the second half. But there isn't sort of something systematic here that's concerning. And a lot of our HBT portfolio is also short cycle. And you saw the kind of figures we posted there, and I was extremely pleased with the kind of organic growth that we saw on HBT, which is also primarily a short-cycle business as well other than the HP -- yes, as projects [confirm].

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Jeffrey Todd Sprague, Vertical Research Partners, LLC - Founder and Managing Partner [12]

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And then secondly, unrelated, just on the project-related work in general, in Process and where it may spill into gas processing in UOP, just kind of what is the nature of the activity you're seeing? Does any particular subvertical jump out? Meaning, refining or LNG or the like. And just any color there on kind of your forward pipeline would be interesting.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [13]

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Yes. I mean I think the LNG segment is -- continue to be active. And we're waiting with some final investment decisions to be upcoming. But whether it's UOP business, which participates there as well as HPS, that's continued to be a very active segment. Our gas processing business -- and although this kind of -- this price of oil may stay unconventional segment appealing, there's also a greater level of discipline by a lot of the unconventional players in terms of cash generation, which there used to be a bit more build out the infrastructure drill and so on. Now they want to be self-sustaining in terms of their cash flow. So the environment is good, but it's also a little bit more disciplined. But anytime you see this kind of depreciation in the price of oil, we feel pretty good about the entire PMT segment. Refining with the clean fuel segment, that also continues to be an opportunity, particularly in segments like Latin America. Then of course, clean fuels, for shipping as well. So sort of broad-based strength. And whenever you get to this kind of an oil price, we feel very confident in the outlook for PMT.

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Operator [14]

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And our next question comes from Scott Davis with Melius Research.

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Scott Reed Davis, Melius Research LLC - Founding Partner, Chairman, CEO & Research Analyst of Multi-Industry Research [15]

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There's not much to pick on in this quarter, for sure. Are you guys surprised that -- just kind of the pace of how strong things were? I mean China was supposed to be a little slower. Europe was supposed to be a little bit slower. It doesn't seem that happened at all to you guys though. Can you give some color maybe, Darius, around the world what you saw?

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [16]

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Yes, Scott. This is Greg. I mean I think we were pretty pleased with what we saw across the globe. As you mentioned, the U.S., obviously, a large part of our growth was up double digits. Europe continued to be good for us. I'd say mid-single digits as well. Middle East, very strong, up strong double digits in virtually every business. China for us was down slightly, but that was really not structural in nature. We've had some very large wins in UOP that we're burning off some backlog on. So the remainder of the businesses were up double digits in both HBT and SPS, for example, in China. PMT down a bit. We expect that to turn positive. And I think we guided low single digits in China for the year in the last call, and I still think that's probably about right for us. India was a very strong story for us again across all businesses, up double digits. So I think on balance, we had a very good performance. Obviously, the 8% total top line better than we had anticipated with all of those cylinders firing in the same direction at once.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [17]

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Yes. Just to add to that maybe is, I just would highlight the HBT performance. I mean I think we're starting to see the seeds of better performance in HBT. And when you take the 9% number, I think that makes us feel good. We've got some more NPD coming, particularly even more so in the second half of the year than the first. So I'm very optimistic in terms of what we're seeing in that business. And overall, the environment is good. I mean I think the market didn't quite get this right in December. I mean I think that December was doom and gloom, and the recession is here. And as you can see by our results in Q1 and as Greg pointed out, you see kind of strength across the globe. We didn't have a market that really stood out to us and said, "Okay, that's a train wreck." I mean everything was either up or up a lot. So overall, we're pleased with what we're seeing so far.

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [18]

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Yes. The only thing I would mention, too, is back to the second half and our views there is, some of the macro risks, let's say, they're not gone, they just got pushed to the right. Brexit is an example. The U.S.-China trade situation. So things that we thought might have perhaps come to a conclusion in Q1 just haven't. They're now pushed to the right. And I think that's also kind of helped from a market [sense] perspective.

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Scott Reed Davis, Melius Research LLC - Founding Partner, Chairman, CEO & Research Analyst of Multi-Industry Research [19]

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Good color. Just switching gears a little bit. The connected enterprise initiative, how much of a headwind is that on margins right now? Or has that turned into more of a neutral?

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [20]

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No. That's actually accretive to what we do. And by the way, that grew in the teens again. So that's...

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Scott Reed Davis, Melius Research LLC - Founding Partner, Chairman, CEO & Research Analyst of Multi-Industry Research [21]

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I'm sorry. I meant the ERP -- your ERP rollout, not the -- not your growth initiative.

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [22]

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Oh, sorry. ERP rollouts, we're in very good shape. Yes. I mean we continued to move down the path. We talked about the fact that we've -- we're at 148. I think we finished at -- in 2016, we finished at 71. And we're probably going to take out another 20 or so this year on our path to getting down to 10 core platforms by 2021. And we continue to make good progress there. Lots of -- as you can imagine, lots of integrated planning going on to make sure that there is business readiness. We've got obviously all the IT readiness there but we've got to always manage the change that goes along with the combination of ERP moves and business requirements. But we feel very good where we are. It's not been disruptive. And I think we've got a good solid plan to make sure that we don't put too much in any one quarter or in any one business to add business risks.

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Scott Reed Davis, Melius Research LLC - Founding Partner, Chairman, CEO & Research Analyst of Multi-Industry Research [23]

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Okay. But it still is a mathematical headwind though? Is that correct, Greg?

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [24]

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When you say mathematical headwind, what do you mean?

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Scott Reed Davis, Melius Research LLC - Founding Partner, Chairman, CEO & Research Analyst of Multi-Industry Research [25]

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Just on the payback. I mean are you at the point yet where the payback is greater than what your dollar output is?

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [26]

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Oh, yes. I mean from a savings and a cost-out perspective, we're now at a place where our run rate cost savings is certainly ramped up. We're -- 93% of our revenues are on our core 10 platforms. So we have hit the majority of the scale that I would say that we're going to get from a cost productivity perspective. And most of the things that were kind of remaining on the road map are cleaning up more of the smaller items.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [27]

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I think if you were to look at this, Scott, on a year-over-year basis, the impact is, I would say, very, very slightly accretive but negligibly so.

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [28]

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Yes. I mean the run rate of deployment costs that we've got in the P&L is roughly flat year-on-year. And each year, we're obviously adding some run rate benefits to the P&L overall.

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And our next question comes from Sheila Kahyaoglu from Jefferies.

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Sheila Karin Kahyaoglu, Jefferies LLC, Research Division - Equity Analyst [30]

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In terms of margin expansion guidance for the full year, Aero and HBT are tracking well ahead of that. PMT is at the high end of the range. How do we think about continued run rate from here on margin expansion? And maybe as my follow-up, on SPS, I understand margin mix pressure and maybe a little bit of inflation. How does that play out throughout the rest of 2019?

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [31]

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Yes. So Sheila, our guidance for the year remains at 30 to 60 basis points, I believe, at this point. We've talked about that being our framework. And what we continue to do is add initiatives and elements to be able to continue having that runway in front of us. And so with things like our connected enterprise growth, which is margin-accretive from a software business perspective with our digital transformation efforts, Scott just mentioned things like the productivity around ERP deployments as well as just our HOS Gold playbook that's driving commercial excellence into each of the businesses and then again our continual repositioning pipeline. We see our -- we see that 30 to 50 basis points framework that we've laid out as very much sustainable over the coming years. So on a portfolio basis, we feel very good about where we are in that regard. Now as we mentioned, with this year, we're always talking about the elimination of stranded costs. We continue to see some of that impact in the first part of this year, and that will dissipate. We've talked about having those stranded costs eliminated by the time we get to the end of 2019, and that will be fully behind us. So broadly speaking, very -- we feel very good about the margin expansion potential. It is a portfolio. And different quarters and years, some businesses will have more or less opportunity depending on where they are in particular. And then as it relates to SPS and the mix component, with very high growth in the Intelligrated business as when we bought it, it started out below the line average for margins, and we continue to improve that as we've integrated that business, but it is still below the line average for the rest of the segment. And so as we get through the destocking in productivity products and we normalize, let's say, to perhaps growth rates that aren't multiples of double digits per quarter in Intelligrated, we expect to see that SPS margin rate continue to improve throughout the year.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [32]

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Yes. I think maybe just to add a couple of things. The framework has changed a little bit. What you're seeing is you're seeing a much stronger organic growth rate. And a margin rate increase still that's very much within what we committed long term to our investors, which is the 30 to 50. We're like smack right in the middle of that but at a rate -- at a growth rate that's substantially higher. But if you're concerned about sort of our continuing to focus on margins, there is no need to be concerned there because we have plenty of levers, even just from purely a productivity perspective, whether we think about ERP discussions we had before, the simplification in our ISC performance and, overall, making that much more simple. Direct material productivity, we think we have more room for improvement there as well. We're going to continue to find restructuring, just like what we did this quarter, and we anticipate doing more of that in the second half of the year as well as Q2. And then we still have some stranded costs to go to take out, both in HBT as well as corporate. So we have a lot of room in terms of productivity. We were hurt a little bit in Q1 because our Intelligrated business is growing. When I say strong double digits, I mean really, think really strong double digits, and that's not helping the mix. But overall, we're not going to step back from something just because it's lower margin when you can run it with negative cash flow as well as that kind of an expansion, which will ultimately turn to a higher-margin business once we establish that installed base.

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We'll take our next question from Deane Dray with RBC Capital Markets.

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Deane Michael Dray, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Research Division - Analyst [34]

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I know Greg touched on this in the prepared remarks on the 737 MAX, and I also know you guys don't disclose any of the dollar on the ship sets. But just could you share with us what's on the platform? And maybe what your assumptions are? And how this plays out where it does not impact your 2019 guidance?

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [35]

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Yes. Well, I think our assumption is exactly what Boeing laid out, which is the reduction in the production rates. We've encompassed that. We have numerous systems on the plane. We do expect that the delivery of these planes and that production rate to resume in the second half of this year. But as Greg pointed out, the impact for us is negligible, certainly for Q2. And I think given that most -- just about everybody expects a resolution, we do too. We think that's a terrific aircraft that's going to be back up and flying in the second half of the year. So I think there's really nothing more to add than that.

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Deane Michael Dray, RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Research Division - Analyst [36]

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Great. That's helpful. And then one of the soft spots in the fourth quarter was the whole China air and water dynamic for HBT. It didn't sound like that carried into this quarter. But if you could update us there, has that normalized? And what are you assuming for 2019?

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [37]

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No, actually, air and water, to be honest, didn't have a great quarter in Q1. But overall, HBT did. So what's even more impressive about their performance, despite a challenged performance in air and water, HBT still grew 9%. So I'm actually not discouraged by that. I'm very encouraged by that. But overall, I would say the air and water segment is inconsequential in terms of overall Honeywell performance. And -- but it was a headwind to HBT in Q1, and they still grew 9%. So I view that as a very positive outcome.

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And our next question comes from Julian Mitchell with Barclays.

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Julian C.H. Mitchell, Barclays Bank PLC, Research Division - Research Analyst [39]

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Maybe first question around the margin profile at HBT. I think you had called out what the ex spins margin performance was year-on-year in Aerospace. Maybe just give that number in HBT as well in Q1, and apologies if I had missed that. And then also, when you're looking forwards for HBT, given the fairly high Building Solutions weighting in the sales mix, how do you think about incremental margins for HBT overall and managing that solutions mix moving around?

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [40]

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Yes. Thanks, Julian. So yes, in terms of HBT, margins actually were down, ex the spins in the quarter, about 100 basis points. And as we talked about the -- stranded costs are still an impact to them. When you think about our stranded costs overall, it was about 60-40 between corp and the businesses. So HBT is still digging out of a little bit of the stranded cost hole, particularly in some of the factory aspects that they have there. So that, we again expect to remediate over the course of the remaining quarters. And then in terms of the mix of products versus projects, certainly just like we have in our other businesses, it's no different than in PMT. And even as we were talking about with SPS, we do -- the projects business is a meaningful part of HBT and carries a lower profile than the product side as well. So we're always going to be managing through the mix of that overall. But we see -- where we landed for the quarter, I think we were around 20 points in margin for HBT overall, and we do see that progressing throughout the year.

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Julian C.H. Mitchell, Barclays Bank PLC, Research Division - Research Analyst [41]

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And then just settling back on the overall top line. I was intrigued on the guidance. You took up the high end of the organic sales growth guide. So I just wondered -- I understand why the low end was...

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [42]

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We took up lows too. We took up a 1 point on the high end and 1 point on the low end.

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Julian C.H. Mitchell, Barclays Bank PLC, Research Division - Research Analyst [43]

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Yes. So I understand that the low end would go up because you have a very good Q1 print now in the bag. But taking up the high end, that would imply no slowdown year-on-year for 2019 as a whole. I just wondered if there were any specific end markets or businesses that drove that increase at the high end.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [44]

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Yes. I would say it's our long-cycle businesses. So whether we talk about PMT, we talk about the segments of Aerospace. HBT, we had a very strong booking quarter. And our book to bill was 1.2, which was also very helpful. So what we're -- what gave us the confidence for the rest of the year in raising the guidance was the long-cycle bookings. Short cycle, I still will say is unpredictable. I mean I think our visibility there is relatively unknown, especially for the second half. And I think there is a little bit of caution that we still have it in terms of our second half outlook on short cycle. We'll see how that evolves. I think you'll see some of the other commentary by some of our competitors and so on. And we're not seeing it in terms of the challenges, but that doesn't mean that they can't and won't exist. But based on what we're seeing in the business, we remain relatively bullish. And that's what gave us that confidence in raising the bottom and the top.

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Our next question comes from Nicole DeBlase with Deutsche Bank.

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Nicole Sheree DeBlase, Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division - Director & Lead Analyst [46]

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So I guess maybe starting with UOP. If we can kind of go through with the outlook over the rest of the year, backlog up 8%. I know you guys have some tough callous comps that you're facing. That's what drove the 1Q, I guess, slight weakness versus backlog growth. If you could talk about when we should expect UOP organic growth to accelerate.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [47]

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Well, we expect it in the second half of the year. I mean I think what's important to point out is we had some very challenging year-over-year comps, especially with our China bookings and revenue conversion. That is what drove that. But UOP had a very good orders growth. I mean mid-single-digit kind of orders growth. So there is nothing to me in UOP that's screaming a problem. Yes, I mean the year-over-year revenue growth was a little bit flattish but, again, driven more a little bit by tough comps and timing. But the number that I always look at for those long-cycle businesses is orders, and that's mid-single digit with a strong pipeline. And I'm -- this is not an area of worry for me.

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Nicole Sheree DeBlase, Deutsche Bank AG, Research Division - Director & Lead Analyst [48]

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Got it, Darius. And maybe a second question around SPS organic growth outlook. So I know the Intelligrated comps are becoming pretty difficult. And I think they get difficult throughout the year, if I'm correct, correct me if I'm wrong. How do we kind of balance that against improved -- potential improvement in Productivity Solutions as we get through this destocking? Should we think of the high single-digit growth as potentially sustainable within SPS so long as the short-cycle trends behave?

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [49]

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Yes, I think you captured it exactly correctly. I think Intelligrated is going to have tougher and tougher comps as we get deeper into the year in Q2, Q3 and Q4. I mean I only dream that they have another quarter like Q1, but that's probably not completely realistic. So their growth on a year-over-year basis is going to be slower, but it's going to be there. But that would -- should get offset by some of the other segments of the SPS portfolio, particularly in the second half, namely productivity products and industrial safety. So we think that, that will balance out, and we're going to continue to see a rate of growth in SPS, which is, I think, mid- to upper single digits for the year. So that's our expectation right now based on what we're seeing.

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Operator [50]

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Our next question is coming from Andy Kaplowitz with Citi.

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Andrew Alec Kaplowitz, Citigroup Inc, Research Division - MD and U.S. Industrial Sector Head [51]

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There is 8% Commercial Aviation organic aftermarket growth. It's the fastest growth we've seen from Honeywell this cycle when we know aftermarket growth has been a particular focus of the Aero team. But where has that improvement versus global flight hours come from? You did mention safety mandates are helping. But is it the uptick in performance-based contracting and increasing growth from connected aero that is also helping in this field? Would you agree that the trends toward continuing improved aftermarket growth for Honeywell look sustainable moving forward?

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [52]

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Yes. I mean I think you've captured a couple of the big levers where the growth is coming from because we're moving away from just fixed-rate kind of an aftermarket growth. That's certainly a good part of it. But the other part of it is what I call the proactive aftermarket growth, which is much more around connected aircraft, around RMUs, which generate a lot of value for our customers. As you know, we made a substantial investment in the aftermarket -- primarily in the aftermarket sales team I think going back to 2 to 2.5 years ago, where we added now almost 250 sales professionals focused on driving proactive aftermarket sales. And that you're seeing the benefits of that coming through. So it's both an effort in terms of generating proactive and investing in R&D to generate these RMUs, which our sales professionals sell, and then obviously accelerated growth in our Connected Aircraft platform. Those are the 2 big drivers. And I don't see any reason why that isn't sustainable.

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Andrew Alec Kaplowitz, Citigroup Inc, Research Division - MD and U.S. Industrial Sector Head [53]

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And, Darius, maybe just staying on Aero for a second. Can you give us some more color on your commentary regarding commercial excellence driving margin improvements? Where are you in terms of alleviating supplier constraints within Aero? How much more room is there within Aero to take G&A and fixed costs in general out? And should we be thinking that margin for the year could be a fair amount higher than, I think you had guided 24% last quarter for the year?

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [54]

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Sure. Maybe let me try that one on. When you think about our commercial excellence efforts, I would think about that less as a cost-reduction effort because what we're trying to do is enable our sales team to be more effective, ensure that we're deploying and redeploying sales resources into the right spots. And actually, we're investing in things like training to be able to make these sales associates more effective in the markets that they're in with the products and solutions that they're selling. So we think about commercial excellence less as, "I'm trying to take costs out" and more about, "I'm trying to drive seller productivity and growth". So I don't know, Darius, if you'd add to that.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [55]

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No. I think I'd agree with that. But as always, we always balance everything with growth in commercial levers and productivity levers and put some money to work for restructuring pipeline in Aero last year, and we're going to continue to do that. But yes, when we say commercial excellence, we really mean driving productivity and outcomes growth on the front end of the business.

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Andrew Alec Kaplowitz, Citigroup Inc, Research Division - MD and U.S. Industrial Sector Head [56]

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And Greg, it's fair to say that, that 24% guide looks conservative now after a strong start?

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [57]

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I'm sorry. The what?

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Andrew Alec Kaplowitz, Citigroup Inc, Research Division - MD and U.S. Industrial Sector Head [58]

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The 24% guide for the year looks conservative after a strong start to the year in Aero.

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [59]

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Oh, it was and it's -- I think we feel good about the place Aerospace is, in terms of their margin expansion potential. And that's an area that gives us a lot of confidence for our overall guidance range for the company.

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Operator [60]

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Our next question comes from Nigel Coe with Wolfe Research.

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Nigel Edward Coe, Wolfe Research, LLC - MD & Senior Research Analyst [61]

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So you covered a lot of ground here already. HBT, the acceleration is obviously a big break in the trends. And I'm just curious, given the separation of Resideo, was -- that was a carve-out from the business. Do you think that the distraction around that was a factor why sales last year were a little bit weaker and now we're seeing that strength? And then maybe just address China because China's obviously where we've seen a lot of stimulus, where we've seen some improvement in the product now over there. How important is China acceleration in the HBT performance?

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [62]

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Yes. A couple of factors. On the management distraction, there is no doubt that the Resideo was a heavy lift last year for the HBT team. I mean the amount of separation work that had to be done to create Resideo, particularly vis-à-vis Garrett, is incredible. So I think that, that team just did an outstanding job in enabling Resideo to exist, and I think I continue to be very impressed by what they have done. Now I wouldn't say -- was it a distraction? Yes. Did it take their eye off the ball on growth? I don't think so. But I -- they certainly have more time to do that this year when they can be very focused on the markets, on what's happening. And that team has done a great job in continuing to move that business forward. So I'm very pleased. Yes. I mean China is important for our entire business, not just HBT. It has been there a long time. We want to be a local player. We are a local player as I talked about multiple times on this call, which is we very strongly believe in our local strategies where we innovate, where we come up with ideas, where we manufacture market and sell all in the markets that we participate in, and that's certainly true in China. And I think that team has -- the China team in HBT has done a nice job in creating that kind of an offering so -- with more upside for the future. So overall, I'm not going to declare any victories after one quarter in HBT. But I certainly loved what I saw in Q1, and I'm bullish on the future.

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Nigel Edward Coe, Wolfe Research, LLC - MD & Senior Research Analyst [63]

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And a quick follow up on Safety, the flat performance in Safety. It sounds like it's mainly channel inventories, but we have heard 1 or 2 other players talking about some weakness in Safety. So I'm just curious what you're seeing there and how that resolves.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [64]

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I would characterize it a lot more as sort of a channel issue rather than anything else. And as we've pointed out, that's something we need to -- that should alleviate in the first half of the year, then we should be back at the right place by the second half of this year.

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Our next question comes from Andrew Obin with Bank of America.

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Andrew Burris Obin, BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - MD [66]

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I'm just curious if anybody's going to top your organic growth this quarter. Let's see what happens there. Question on software growth. Can you guys -- I mean, you alluded to that. But can you just talk about the growth for embedded and stand-alone software? And what would stand-alone software business be in 2019 versus 2018?

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [67]

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Yes. Well, as usual, we're expecting high teens to 20% growth in our software business. That target has not changed. We grew in the teens in Q1, so I think we're very much on track. [We kind of call] the connected enterprise is really transforming. And we're going to be doing some fun things at Investor Day, I don't want to give too much away, and the day after in terms of a new launch. You -- for those of you that went to Hanover, you probably saw a little bit of a hint of that in terms of Honeywell Forge. But I'm excited by what's going on in -- with that team and what they're trying to do. And the embedded platform is growing nicely as well. I mean think mid- to high single-digits growth there as well in a lot of those platforms. So overall, it's been an area of emphasis for Honeywell. It's going to continue to be, and we're seeing the results in our P&L.

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Andrew Burris Obin, BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - MD [68]

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You want to talk a little bit about Honeywell Forge ahead of that Analyst Day?

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [69]

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No. I can't steal all the thunder. I've got to have something to talk about in May, Andrew. You're going to have to wait a little bit.

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Andrew Burris Obin, BofA Merrill Lynch, Research Division - MD [70]

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Let me ask a follow-up question. On 737 MAX, do you think there will be any working capital impact? Just, do you think Boeing will behave any differently in terms of managing payments to you during this production ramp down? Should we expect any change in seasonality in Aerospace?

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [71]

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No. We're not really expecting that. I mean I think we're trying to be as helpful to Boeing and to NTSB as we can to get this thing resolved. But no, I think from a financial or payment, I don't anticipate that will be the case. And I am confident that Boeing is going to get this issue resolved. And we're their biggest fans, and we're ready to help in any way we can.

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Our next question comes from Josh Pokrzywinski with Morgan Stanley.

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Joshua Charles Pokrzywinski, Morgan Stanley, Research Division - Equity Analyst [73]

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Just a first question on UOP. I think a few folks have taken a stab at it here. But Darius, you mentioned some good momentum on the LNG side. I think one of your competitors has talked about maybe kind of a midyear order surge. So I guess the question is, despite the good order growth you've seen, are we still on the leading edge of some of those investments?

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [74]

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Yes. Well, I don't think we need to wait until midyear. I can tell you without getting precise on the numbers that the growth in our orders and our projects business in HPS specifically was, let's just call it, a strong double-digit growth. So I don't think we need to wait until Q2 or Q3. We've already seen it. And the pipeline remains strong. And yes, I mean whether it's LNG -- and it's more than LNG because it's broad-based, but we're very pleased with the kind of orders we've already booked, much less what's maybe in the pipeline.

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Joshua Charles Pokrzywinski, Morgan Stanley, Research Division - Equity Analyst [75]

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And does that start to hit in the second half? I guess it doesn't really look like there's much in 2Q, just examining guidance.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [76]

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You mean in terms of orders? Or...

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [77]

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You're talking about in terms of the [last] of those orders turning to revenue...

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Joshua Charles Pokrzywinski, Morgan Stanley, Research Division - Equity Analyst [78]

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Yes.

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [79]

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Again, as you know, those things always have a time frame to them. So they'll probably play out over the back half of the year.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [80]

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Yes. I mean when you think about HPS orders, I mean most of those don't get executed for a course of 18 to 24 months and sometimes even longer. So there isn't a very fast conversion from orders to revenue. In some cases, that take -- can take several quarters.

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Joshua Charles Pokrzywinski, Morgan Stanley, Research Division - Equity Analyst [81]

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Got it. And then just shifting over to some of your short-cycle comments. I think they lined up with what you said last quarter, Darius. But thinking about some of the intersegment comments, it seems like SPS, there is good momentum, maybe more of a destock, so things can improve from there. HBT has a good amount of momentum. You mentioned in the second half, product launches that could augment that further. I guess where specifically do you see that lack of short-cycle visibility or particular apprehension because it looks like in a lot of the exposures, there's reasons to be maybe a bit more optimistic, not more cautious.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [82]

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Well, maybe. I mean I don't know that I wouldn't necessarily argue with you. But -- actually, on the short cycle, when you get into beyond 3 months, which is really kind of what we're talking about for the second half, I think we're pretty confident in our Q2. I'm not that confident that I really can give you great visibility on short cycle beyond 3 months. I mean there is nothing that I'm seeing that worries me. I mean you shouldn't read into that, that there is some issue that we're trying to cover or protect ourselves. I think it's just a reflection of there's a lot of unknowns. And as I've stated before on this call, we're seeing some of the commentary by some of our competitors. Some of them had even reported, and we were wondering are we unique or is there something else that's going on in the market here that maybe hasn't hit us yet. But I don't see that. I think we're very bullish on what's happening. But again, it's just a reflection of a level of uncertainty because I know from my past, the short cycle can turn extraordinarily quickly, and one quarter can actually be a long time.

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [83]

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Yes. Again, I just would say on the macros, I think we all would agree that a Brexit, a hard Brexit is going to have some impact. And yes, we had anticipated that, that might happen at the end of March as did the rest of the world, and now that's moved to potentially October. So that's just now pushed that worry down 6 months into the year. And again, I'm just saying -- I mentioned it earlier, about stable rattling between the EU and the U.S. on tariffs and the lack of a done deal with the U.S. and China just keeps the cloud hanging over to see what's going to happen. So to Darius' point, it's not that we see something very specific that we know is coming, but there hasn't been this many macro uncertainties in the environment, certainly that I can recall.

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Our final question comes from John Walsh with Crédit Suisse.

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John Fred Walsh, Crédit Suisse AG, Research Division - Director [85]

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Just one question around price. It looks like in the Q, and this could be some rounding, you're still in that 2% ZIP code. I might have thought that would have ticked up a little bit, maybe it's rounding. But can you just talk about your ability to capture price? And obviously, I know within the context of tariffs and Brexit, there are other mitigating actions in there besides price. But maybe if we could just kind of isolate on price for a little bit.

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Gregory P. Lewis, Honeywell International Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [86]

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Well, again, I would say we feel very good about our pricing program. And we've talked about it before that particularly given the value our offerings generate, we feel like we're in a good position from a price standpoint. As you mentioned, tariff impacts, we've been able to mitigate, and some of that is through passing them through in pricing, which, by the way, keep in mind that's dilutive to our margin expansion. You pass-through $1 of price and have $1 of inflation, that actually dilutes your margin rate. So I wouldn't say that there is anything concerning at all as we sit here about our effectiveness in passing through price at this stage.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [87]

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And I would just add that, to us, pricing is a function of really NPD and bringing valuable things to customers. So we don't really like to talk about price as much as we would like to talk about value. And I think what you should expect is as our NPD cycle shortens, which we're launching a whole new innovation process called Z21, which basically will reduce our innovation cycle time in half. And our -- and the ratio of our revenues coming from new products will increase, that has obviously greater opportunities for value capture. So that's really sort of related to your question. And that innovation cycle is accelerating and it will do so, not just this year, but for many years to come.

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Operator [88]

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And that concludes today's question-and-answer session. At this time, I would like to turn the conference back over to Mr. Darius Adamczyk for any additional closing remarks.

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Darius E. Adamczyk, Honeywell International Inc. - Chairman of the Board, CEO & President [89]

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Honeywell started 2019 with significant momentum, including strong organic sales and superb earnings and cash flow growth. We continue to execute well and still have significant balance sheet capacity to deploy. We're focused on continuing to outperform for our customers, our shareowners and our employees. I look forward to speaking with you in May. Thank you.

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Operator [90]

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Thank you. This does conclude today's teleconference. Please disconnect your lines at this time, and have a wonderful day.