Johnson Controls reports double digit 2015 first quarter earnings improvement

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MILWAUKEE, Jan. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls, Inc., (NYSE: JCI) a global multi-industrial company, today reported record financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Net sales totaled $10.7 billion, up 1 percent from $10.6 billion in the 2014 first quarter. Excluding the effect of currency translation, sales increased 5 percent. Net income from continuing operations attributable to Johnson Controls was $507 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, compared with $451 million, or $0.66 per share last year.

Excluding transaction and integration-related costs in the current quarter:

  • Income from business segments was $768 million, up 18 percent versus the 2014 first quarter.
  • Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $0.79, an increase of 20 percent from the 2014 quarter. Segment income margin was 7.2 percent, a year-over-year increase of 110 basis points.

"Profitability improved significantly in the quarter, as we benefitted from higher volumes and our continuing focus on execution improvements," said Alex Molinaroli, Johnson Controls chairman and chief executive officer. "The results in the quarter are better than the expectations we provided at our analyst day in December."

Business results (excluding transaction / integration costs)

Building Efficiency sales in the fiscal first quarter of 2015 were $3.5 billion, 5 percent higher than in the 2014 first quarter as higher revenues in North America were partially offset by lower revenues in Latin America and in the Global Work Place Solutions business.

Adjusted for foreign exchange, backlog was down 4 percent compared to the first quarter of last year at $4.6 billion while orders were level with last year, noting that orders in the 2014 quarter included a $150 million booking related to the company's largest-ever performance contract. The company said it expects higher order rates in the remainder of the year, which will benefit backlog in the second half of the fiscal year.

Building Efficiency segment income of $201 million was up 38 percent compared with $146 million in the 2014 first quarter with significant improvements in North America, Europe and at Global Workplace Solutions partially offset by slightly lower results in Asia. Overall Building Efficiency segment margins in the 2015 quarter increased 140 basis points compared with last year. The company noted that Building Efficiency results benefitted from incremental revenues and income associated with the company's acquisition of Air Distribution Technologies (ADT) in the third quarter of 2014.

Automotive Experience revenues in the fiscal first quarter of 2015 were $5.3 billion, down 3 percent compared to the 2014 quarter, reflecting the impact of the strengthening U.S. dollar versus the Euro. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, revenues increased 2 percent. Automotive industry production in the quarter increased 5 percent in North America and 6 percent in China, but declined 2 percent in Europe. Revenues in China, which are primarily related to Seating and generated through non-consolidated joint ventures, increased 15 percent to $2.1 billion.

Automotive Experience segment income was $249 million, versus the $197 million reported in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 26 percent, with improvements in both the company's Seating and Interiors businesses. Automotive Experience profitability benefitted from higher Chinese joint venture income and the higher volumes.

Power Solutions sales in the first quarter of 2015 increased 4 percent to $1.8 billion. Excluding the impact of lead and foreign exchange, revenues increased 8 percent. Global original equipment and aftermarket battery shipments both increased 4 percent, while shipments of Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) lead-acid batteries increased 31 percent compared with the prior year. Power Solutions segment income was $318 million, up 4 percent, compared with $307 million in the first quarter of 2014. The 2014 quarter benefitted from a $19 million non-recurring gain related to a joint venture consolidation. Excluding the gain last year, Power Solutions segment margins expanded 90 basis points in the current quarter.

Johnson Controls said it expects earnings per diluted share of $0.74 - $0.76 in the second quarter of fiscal 2015. The company reaffirmed its guidance of $3.55 - $3.70 for fiscal 2015. Quarterly and fiscal year guidance excludes transaction and integration costs.

Definitive Agreement to form joint venture with Hitachi

Johnson Controls, Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Appliances, Inc. signed a definitive agreement on January 21, 2015 to form a previously announced global joint venture that will bring customers world-class variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology, as well as room air conditioners and absorption chillers to meet increasing demands for energy efficient air conditioning options. The Johnson Controls-Hitachi joint venture is expected to have 2016 sales of approximately $3.0 billion. The formation of the joint venture is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, pending regulatory approvals.

Through the agreement, Johnson Controls will obtain a 60 percent ownership stake in Hitachi Appliances' global air conditioning business, excluding sales and service operations in Japan. With the new joint venture, Johnson Controls expects to have the most robust technology portfolio in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

"We continue to demonstrate the ability to deliver on the expectations we have set. While still early in its implementation, the Johnson Controls Operating System is delivering measurable improvements," said Molinaroli. "We expect those benefits to grow significantly as we bring new efficiencies to our manufacturing, engineering, purchasing and IT functions. Our definitive agreement with Hitachi marks another significant step toward our transformation to a more product-focused, multi-industry company, to the benefit of our shareholders and customers. We are focused on increasing profitability and shareholder value and expect 2015 to be a year of record results for Johnson Controls."

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Johnson Controls, Inc. has made statements in this document that are forward-looking and, therefore, are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements in this document other than statements of historical fact are statements that are, or could be, deemed "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In this document, statements regarding future financial position, sales, costs, earnings, cash flows, other measures of results of operations, capital expenditures or debt levels and plans, objectives, outlook, targets, guidance or goals are forward-looking statements. Words such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "should," "forecast," "project" or "plan" or terms of similar meaning are also generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. Johnson Controls cautions that these statements are subject to numerous important risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, some of which are beyond Johnson Controls' control,  that could cause Johnson Controls' actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include required regulatory approvals that are material conditions for proposed transactions to close, strength of the U.S. or other economies, automotive vehicle production levels, mix and schedules, energy and commodity prices, availability of raw materials and component products, currency exchange rates, and cancellation of or changes to commercial contracts, as well as other factors discussed in Item 1A of Part I of Johnson Controls' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2014. Shareholders, potential investors and others should consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements and should not place undue reliance on such statements. The forward-looking statements included in this document are only made as of the date of this document, and Johnson Controls assumes no obligation, and disclaims any obligation, to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this document.

ABOUT JOHNSON CONTROLS
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.

CONTACT:

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JOHNSON CONTROLS, INC.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in millions, except per share data; unaudited)




Three Months Ended December 31,


2014


2013





Net sales

$     10,666


$     10,574

Cost of sales

8,986


8,998

    Gross profit

1,680


1,576





Selling, general and administrative expenses

(1,034)


(1,038)

Net financing charges

(71)


(55)

Equity income

102


112





Income from continuing operations before income taxes

677


595





Income tax provision

131


111





Net income from continuing operations

546


484





Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

-


18





Net income

546


502





Less: Income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests

39


33





Net income attributable to JCI

$         507


$         469





Income from continuing operations

$         507


$         451

Income from discontinued operations

-


18





Net income attributable to JCI

$         507


$         469





Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

$        0.76


$        0.66

Diluted earnings per share from discontinued operations

-


0.03

Diluted earnings per share

$        0.76


$        0.69






Diluted weighted average shares

668.0


682.2

Shares outstanding at period end

657.3


664.0

 

 

JOHNSON CONTROLS, INC.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(in millions; unaudited)









December 31,


September 30,


December 31,


2014


2014


2013

ASSETS






Cash and cash equivalents

$     168


$     409


$      245

Accounts receivable - net

5,360


5,871


6,743

Inventories

2,439


2,477


2,452

Assets held for sale

2,112


2,157


777

Other current assets

2,302


2,193


2,509

        Current assets

12,381


13,107


12,726







Property, plant and equipment - net

6,114


6,314


6,665

Goodwill

7,010


7,127


6,717

Other intangible assets - net

1,600


1,639


1,070

Investments in partially-owned affiliates

1,117


1,018


1,043

Noncurrent assets held for sale

684


630


-

Other noncurrent assets

2,801


2,969


2,611

        Total assets

$ 31,707


$ 32,804


$ 30,832







LIABILITIES AND EQUITY






Short-term debt and current portion of long-term debt

$    1,214


$       323


$   1,804

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

5,448


6,394


6,609

Liabilities held for sale

1,706


1,801


321

Other current liabilities

3,019


3,176


3,069

        Current liabilities

11,387


11,694


11,803







Long-term debt

6,322


6,357


4,866

Other noncurrent liabilities

2,703


2,997


2,202

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

209


194


169

Shareholders' equity attributable to JCI

10,823


11,311


11,531

Noncontrolling interests

263


251


261

        Total liabilities and equity

$ 31,707


$ 32,804


$ 30,832

 

 

JOHNSON CONTROLS, INC.









CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in millions; unaudited)





















Three Months Ended December 31,





2014



2013

Operating Activities





Net income attributable to JCI

$ 507



$ 469

Income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests

39



33









Net income

546



502









Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash used by operating activities:






Depreciation and amortization

224



244


Pension and postretirement benefit expense (income)

(14)



9


Pension and postretirement contributions

(24)



(25)


Equity in earnings of partially-owned affiliates, net of dividends received

(92)



(74)


Deferred income taxes

96



14


Fair value adjustment of equity investment

-



(19)


Other

16



10


Changes in assets and liabilities, excluding acquisitions and divestitures:







Receivables

410



531



Inventories

(20)



(95)



Restructuring reserves

(77)



(62)



Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(684)



(929)



Change in other assets and liabilities

(523)



(387)




Cash used by operating activities

(142)



(281)









Investing Activities





Capital expenditures

(280)



(345)

Sale of property, plant and equipment

14



21

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

(13)



(128)

Business divestitures

-



13

Other

7



8




Cash used by investing activities

(272)



(431)









Financing Activities





Increase in short and long-term debt - net

889



1,163

Stock repurchases

(600)



(1,199)

Payment of cash dividends

(146)



(130)

Proceeds from the exercise of stock options

105



84

Other

(19)



4




Cash provided (used) by financing activities

229



(78)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(57)



(19)

Cash held for sale

1



(1)

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

$(241)



$ (810)

 

 


FOOTNOTES

1. Business Unit Summary


In the second quarter of fiscal 2014, the Company began reporting its Automotive Experience Electronics business as a discontinued operation, which required retrospective application to previously reported financial information. As a result, the segment income amounts shown below are for continuing operations and exclude the Electronics business segment income of $36 million for the fiscal 2014 first quarter.



Three Months Ended



(in millions)

December 31,




2014


2013


%


(unaudited)



Net Sales






Building Efficiency

$                 3,539


$      3,381


5%

Automotive Experience

5,283


5,421


-3%

Power Solutions

1,844


1,772


4%

               Net sales

$               10,666


$    10,574









Segment Income(1) 






Building Efficiency

$                    187


$         146


28%

Automotive Experience

243


197


23%

Power Solutions

318


307


4%

               Segment income

$                    748

(2)

$         650









Net financing charges

(71)


(55)



Income before income taxes

$                    677


$         595









Net Sales






Products and systems

$                 8,723


$      8,605


1%

Services

1,943


1,969


-1%


$               10,666


$    10,574









Cost of Sales






Products and systems

$                 7,406


$      7,377


0%

Services

1,580


1,621


-3%


$                 8,986


$      8,998









(1) Management evaluates the performance of the business units based primarily on segment income, which represents income from continuing operations before income taxes and noncontrolling interests, excluding net financing charges, significant restructuring and impairment costs, and the net mark-to-market adjustments related to pension and postretirement plans.















Building Efficiency- Provides facility systems and services including comfort, energy and security management for the non-residential buildings market and provides heating, ventilating, and air conditioning products and services for the residential and non-residential building markets.















Automotive Experience- Designs and manufactures interior systems and products for passenger cars and light trucks, including vans, pick-up trucks and sport/crossover utility vehicles.















Power Solutions-  Services both automotive original equipment manufacturers and the battery aftermarket by providing advanced battery technology, coupled with systems engineering, marketing and service expertise.















(2)  The first quarter of fiscal 2015 reported segment income numbers include transaction/integration costs.  The pre-tax impacts are reported as follows:


 


Building Efficiency


 Automotive Experience 


 Power Solutions 


 Consolidated JCI 

Segment income, as reported

$                    187


$         243


$     318


$             748









  Transaction/integration costs

14


6


-


20









Segment income, excluding transaction/integration costs

$                    201


$         249


$     318


$             768









Transaction/integration costs decreased earnings per share by $0.03 in the first quarter of fiscal 2015.  There were no non-recurring/unusual items in the first quarter of fiscal 2014.














2. Income Taxes


The effective tax rate for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2014 is approximately 19 percent.


3. Share Repurchase Program


In November 2013, the Company's Board of Directors authorized a $3 billion increase in the share repurchase program bringing the total authorized amount under the repurchase program to $3.65 billion.  The share repurchase program does not have an expiration date and may be amended or terminated by the Board of Directors at any time without prior notice.  During the first quarter of fiscal 2015, the Company repurchased approximately $600 million under these authorizations. 


 4.  Held for Sale














On September 30, 2014, the Company announced its intention to divest its Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) business.  The GWS business met the reporting requirements for held for sale classification in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of financial position as of December 31, 2014 and September 30, 2014.


As disclosed in the third quarter of fiscal 2014, the majority of the Automotive Interiors business met the reporting requirements for held for sale classification and is reported as such in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of financial position as of December 31, 2014 and September 30, 2014.


5. Earnings Per Share


The following table reconciles the numerators and denominators used to calculate basic and diluted earnings per share (in millions):



Three Months Ended


December 31,


2014


2013


(unaudited)

Income Available to Common Shareholders








Income from continuing operations

$                    507


$         451

Income from discontinued operations

-


18

Basic and diluted income available to common shareholders

$                    507


$         469





Weighted Average Shares Outstanding




Basic weighted average shares outstanding

661.4


674.1

Effect of dilutive securities:




     Stock options and unvested restricted stock

6.6


8.1

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

668.0


682.2

 

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