• Company Forecasts 1-3% Organic Sales Growth in 2010
• 2010 EPS Growth of 1-8% Excluding Non-Cash Pension Expense
• 2010 Continued Strong Operating Cash Flow; FCF Conversion Greater Than 100%
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., December 16, 2009 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it expects 2010 sales of $31.3 to 32.2 billion and earnings per share of $2.20 to 2.40 ($3.00 to 3.20 excluding non-cash pension expense). Free cash flow (cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) is expected to be $2.4 to 2.7 billion (cash flow from operations of $3.1 to 3.4 billion). The company also reaffirmed 2009 full-year guidance of approximately $31 billion of sales, $2.85 earnings per share, and $3.0 billion of free cash flow.
“As we finish 2009, we are seeing signs of improvement in the global economy and stabilization in a number of our end markets,” said Honeywell Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dave Cote. “This is translating to improved order trends in most of our businesses and provides some encouragement for 2010. As usual, we’re planning conservatively, assuming modest organic growth, with an emphasis on strong cost controls and disciplined investments. We will continue to see the benefits of our seed planting in a robust new product pipeline, strong growth in emerging regions, and progress in the deployment of Honeywell’s major initiatives. This strategy has enabled the company to deliver on its commitments in 2009 and gives us momentum going into 2010. Honeywell is very well positioned to capture growth from mega-trends, including energy efficiency, safety, and security. Our world-class technologies and leading positions should enable us to outperform when economic conditions fully recover.”
Honeywell will discuss its 2010 outlook during its investor conference call and Webcast starting at 9:00 a.m. EST today. To participate on the conference call, please dial (719) 325-2106 a few minutes before the 9:00 a.m. EST start. Please mention to the operator that you are dialing in for Honeywell's investor conference call. The live Webcast of the call will be available through the "Investor Relations" section of the company's Website www.honeywell.com/investor. Investors can access a replay of the conference call from 12:00 p.m. EST, December 16, until midnight, December 23, by dialing (719) 457-0820. The access code is 2801493.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
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Robert C. Ferris