Fortive Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

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Thursday, April 27, 2017 1:17 pm PDT

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EVERETT, Wash.

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NYSE:
FTV
"We are committed to creating sustainable long-term value for both our customers and shareholders. Advantaged by our culture of continuous improvement, focus on disciplined capital deployment, and multiple secular growth drivers, we are confident in our position and expect to continue to outperform."

EVERETT, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fortive Corporation (“Fortive”) (NYSE:FTV) today announced results for the first quarter 2017. Prior to July 2, 2016, Fortive operated as part of Danaher Corporation (“Danaher”) and the historical financial measures presented in this announcement for periods prior to July 2, 2016 were derived from Danaher’s accounting records and are presented on a carved-out basis.

For the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, net earnings were $199.7 million. For the same period, non-GAAP adjusted net earnings were $209.4 million. Diluted net earnings per share for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 were $0.57. For the same period, non-GAAP adjusted diluted net earnings per share were $0.60.

For the first quarter of 2017, GAAP revenues increased 4.1% year-over-year to $1.5 billion, with core revenue growth of 4.9%.

James A. Lico, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We had a strong start to 2017 by delivering double-digit earnings growth above the high end of our guidance and mid-single digit revenue growth amidst stabilized markets. All six of our strategic platforms grew core sales reflecting key market share gains and industry leading technology and service. Through the successful deployment of the Fortive Business System, we were able to once again deliver above-market revenue growth, margin expansion and top-quartile earnings performance.”

For the second quarter of 2017, Fortive anticipates diluted net earnings per share to be in the range of $0.62 to $0.66 and the non-GAAP adjusted diluted net earnings per share to be in the range of $0.65 to $0.69. Fortive expects 2017 diluted net earnings per share to be in the range of $2.57 to $2.67 and non-GAAP adjusted diluted net earnings per share to be in the range of $2.68 to $2.78.

Mr. Lico added, “We are committed to creating sustainable long-term value for both our customers and shareholders. Advantaged by our culture of continuous improvement, focus on disciplined capital deployment, and multiple secular growth drivers, we are confident in our position and expect to continue to outperform.”

Fortive will discuss results and outlook during its quarterly investor conference call today starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. The call and an accompanying slide presentation will be webcast on the “Investors” section of the website, www.fortive.com, under “Events & Presentations.” A replay of the webcast will be available at the same location shortly after the conclusion of the presentation and will remain available until the next quarterly earnings call.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing 888-428-9470 within the U.S. or by dialing 719-325-2462 outside the U.S. a few minutes before 5:30 p.m. ET and notifying the operator that you are dialing in for Fortive’s earnings conference call (access code 6014266). A replay of the conference call will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call until Thursday, May 4, 2017. Once available, click here to access the conference call replay or visit the “Investors” section of the website under “Events & Presentations”.

ABOUT FORTIVE

Fortive is a diversified industrial growth company comprised of Professional Instrumentation and Industrial Technologies businesses that are recognized leaders in attractive markets. With 2016 revenues of $6.2 billion, Fortive’s well-known brands hold leading positions in field instrumentation, transportation, sensing, product realization, automation and specialty, and franchise distribution. Fortive is headquartered in Everett, Washington and employs a team of more than 24,000 research and development, manufacturing, sales, distribution, service and administrative employees in more than 40 countries around the world. With a culture rooted in continuous improvement, the core of our company’s operating model is the Fortive Business System. For more information please visit: www.fortive.com.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this earnings release also references “adjusted net earnings,” “adjusted diluted net earnings per share,” and “core revenue,” which are non-GAAP financial measures. The reasons why we believe these measures, when used in conjunction with the GAAP financial measures, provide useful information to investors, how management uses such non-GAAP financial measures, a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures and other information relating to these measures are included in the supplemental reconciliation schedule attached. The non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the GAAP financial measures, but should instead be read in conjunction with the GAAP financial measures. The non-GAAP financial measures used by Fortive in this release may be different from similarly-titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements in this release that are not strictly historical, statements regarding Fortive’s anticipated earnings, business and acquisition opportunities, anticipated revenue growth, anticipated operating margin expansion, anticipated cash flow, economic conditions, future prospects, and any other statements identified by their use of words like “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “outlook,” “guidance,” or “will” or other words of similar meaning are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those suggested or indicated by such forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. These factors include, among other things: deterioration of or instability in the economy, the markets we serve and the financial markets, contractions or lower growth rates and cyclicality of markets we serve, competition, changes in industry standards and governmental regulations, our ability to successfully identify, consummate, integrate and realize the anticipated value of appropriate acquisitions and successfully complete divestitures and other dispositions, our ability to develop and successfully market new products, software, and services and expand into new markets, the potential for improper conduct by our employees, agents or business partners, contingent liabilities relating to acquisitions and divestitures, our compliance with applicable laws and regulations and changes in applicable laws and regulations, risks relating to international economic, political, legal, compliance and business factors, risks relating to potential impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, currency exchange rates, tax audits and changes in our tax rate and income tax liabilities, the impact of our debt obligations on our operations, litigation and other contingent liabilities including intellectual property and environmental, health and safety matters, our ability to adequately protect our intellectual property rights, risks relating to product, service or software defects, product liability and recalls, risks relating to product manufacturing, our relationships with and the performance of our channel partners, commodity costs and surcharges, our ability to adjust purchases and manufacturing capacity to reflect market conditions, reliance on sole sources of supply, security breaches or other disruptions of our information technology systems, adverse effects of restructuring activities, labor matters, disruptions relating to man-made and natural disasters, impact of our separation from Danaher on our operations or financial results, and impact of our indemnification obligation to Danaher. Additional information regarding the factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements is available in our SEC filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release, and Fortive does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events and developments or otherwise.

 

FORTIVE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

($ and shares in millions, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

 
  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017   April 1, 2016
Sales $ 1,535.2 $ 1,474.7
Cost of sales (791.2 ) (779.5 )
Gross profit 744.0 695.2
Operating costs:
Selling, general and administrative expenses (352.9 ) (338.5 )
Research and development expenses (96.2 ) (93.7 )
Operating profit 294.9 263.0
Nonoperating expense:
Interest expense (22.6 )  
Earnings before income taxes 272.3 263.0
Income taxes (72.6 ) (81.0 )
Net earnings $ 199.7   $ 182.0  
Net earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.58 $ 0.53
Diluted $ 0.57 $ 0.53
Average common stock and common equivalent shares outstanding:
Basic 347.0 345.2
Diluted 351.5 345.2
 

This information is for reference only. A complete copy of Fortive’s Form 10-Q financial statements is available on the Company’s website (www.fortive.com).


FORTIVE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Adjusted Net Earnings and Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings per Share

We disclose the non-GAAP measures of historical adjusted net earnings and historical and forecasted adjusted diluted net earnings per share, which make the following adjustments to GAAP net earnings and GAAP diluted net earnings per share, respectively:

  • Excluding on a pretax basis amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets; and
  • Excluding the tax effect of the adjustment noted above as well as for the Additional Interest Expense (described below); provided, however, that the tax effect of such adjustments was calculated: (a) with respect to the historical adjusted net earnings and adjusted diluted net earnings per share for the three-month period ended March 31, 2017 and the forecasted adjusted diluted net earnings per share, by applying our overall estimated effective tax rate to the pretax amount of each adjustment (unless the nature of the item and/or the tax jurisdiction in which the item has been recorded requires application of a specific tax rate or tax treatment, in which case the tax effect of such item is estimated by applying such specific tax rate or tax treatment); and (b) with respect to the adjusted net earnings for the three-month period ended April 1, 2016, by applying our statutory tax rate. We are applying the statutory tax rate for the period ended April 1, 2016 because such tax rate was applied in our prior adjusted net earnings disclosed and applied in a manner consistent with Article 11 of Regulation S-X. We are applying the estimated effective tax rate to each adjustment for the period ended March 31, 2017 and for the forecasted periods to facilitate comparisons in future periods. The tax effect of the adjustments to net earnings for the three-month period ended March 31, 2017 would have been $5.0 million instead of $3.6 million had we applied the statutory tax rate instead of our overall estimated effective tax rate.

While we have a history of acquisition activity, we do not acquire businesses on a predictable cycle, and the amount of an acquisition’s purchase price allocated to intangible assets and related amortization term are unique to each acquisition and can vary significantly from acquisition to acquisition. We believe however that it is important for investors to understand that such intangible assets contribute to revenue generation and that intangible assets related to past acquisitions will recur in future periods until such intangible assets have been fully amortized. Furthermore, the forecasted adjusted diluted net earnings per share does not reflect certain adjustments that are inherently difficult to predict or estimate due to their unknown timing, effect and/or significance.

In addition, because we were part of Danaher Corporation (“Danaher”) for the three month period ended April 1, 2016, we are also making the following adjustments to the corresponding historical GAAP net earnings as if our separation from Danaher (“the Separation”) had been effectuated at the beginning of the relevant period:

  • Adding interest expenses on a pretax basis (based on the assumed borrowing cost of approximately 2.8% per annum) as if the outstanding indebtedness incurred in connection with the Separation had been incurred at the beginning of such period (“Additional Interest Expense”).

Management believes that the Additional Interest Expense, when considered together with the corresponding carved-out GAAP financial measures, provide useful information to investors by helping to identify certain types or levels of additional expenses incurred as a stand-alone, publicly traded company after the Separation that may not have been allocated or reflected in the historical carved-out GAAP financial measures for periods in which we were part of Danaher. We believe that such adjustments, when presented with the corresponding carved-out GAAP measures, may assist in assessing the business trends and making comparisons of long-term performance before and after the Separation.

Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to investors by reflecting additional ways of viewing aspects of Fortive’s operations that, when reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure, help our investors to understand the long-term profitability trends of our business, and facilitate comparisons of our profitability to prior and future periods and to our peers. The items described above have been excluded from, or added to, these measures because items of this nature and/or size occur with inconsistent frequency or occur for reasons that may be unrelated to our commercial performance during the period and/or because we believe the corresponding adjustments are useful in assessing our potential ongoing operating costs or gains in a given period.

We deem acquisition-related transaction costs incurred in a given period to be significant (generally relating to our larger acquisitions) if we determine that such costs exceed the range of our typical acquisition-related transaction costs in a given period.

These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for or superior to, the comparable GAAP measures, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Core Revenue

We use the term “core revenue” when referring to a corresponding GAAP revenue measure, excluding (1) the impact from acquired businesses, (2) the impact from the Separation and (3) the impact of currency translation. References to sales attributable to acquisitions or acquired businesses refer to GAAP sales from acquired businesses recorded prior to the first anniversary of the acquisition less the amount of sales attributable to certain divested businesses or product lines not considered discontinued operations prior to the first anniversary of the divestiture. The impact from the Separation refer to the impact from sales to or from Danaher made under agreements entered into, or terminated, in connection with the Separation prior to the first anniversary of the Separation. The portion of sales attributable to the impact of currency translation is calculated as the difference between (a) the period-to-period change in sales (excluding sales impact from acquired businesses or the Separation) and (b) the period-to-period change in sales (excluding sales impact from acquired businesses or the Separation) after applying the current period foreign exchange rates to the prior year period. This non-GAAP measure should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for or superior to, the comparable GAAP measure, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Management believes that this non-GAAP measure provides useful information to investors by helping identify underlying growth trends in our business and facilitating comparisons of our revenue performance with prior and future periods and to our peers. We exclude the effect of acquisitions and divestiture related items because the nature, size and number of such transactions can vary dramatically from period to period and between us and our peers. In addition, we exclude the impact of agreements that were terminated, or entered into, in connection with the Separation because we believe that excluding such impact may be useful to investors in assessing our operational performance independent of the impact on sales to or from Danaher resulting primarily from the Separation. We exclude the effect of currency translation from sales measures because currency translation is not under management’s control and is subject to volatility. We believe that such exclusions, when presented with the corresponding GAAP measures, may assist in assessing the business trends and making comparisons of long-term performance.

 

Adjusted Net Earnings

 
  Three Months Ended
($ in millions) March 31, 2017   April 1, 2016
Net Earnings (GAAP) $ 199.7 $ 182.0
Pretax amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets in the three months ended March 31, 2017 ($13 million pretax, $9 million after tax), and in the three months ended April 1, 2016 ($22 million pretax, $14 million after tax) 13.3 22.4
Pretax additional interest expense in the three months ended April 1, 2016 ($22 million pretax, $14 million after tax) related to the borrowings incurred in connection with the Separation (22.5 )
Tax effect of all adjustments reflected above (3.6 )  
Adjusted Net Earnings (Non-GAAP) $ 209.4   $ 181.9  
 
 

Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share

 
  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
Diluted Net Earnings Per Share (GAAP) $ 0.57
Pretax amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets ($13 million pretax, $9 million after tax) 0.04
Tax effect of the adjustment reflected above (0.01 )
Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share (Non-GAAP) $ 0.60  
 
 

Core Revenue Growth

 
 

% Change
Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017 vs.
Comparable
2016 Period

Total Revenue Growth (GAAP) 4.1%
Core (Non-GAAP) 4.9%
Acquisitions * (Non-GAAP) 0.2%
Impact of currency translation (Non-GAAP) (1.0)%
 
* Includes the impact from both acquisitions and the Separation
 
 

Forecasted Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share

 
  Three Months Ending
June 30, 2017
  Year Ending
December 31, 2017
Low End   High End Low End   High End
Forecasted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share $ 0.62 $ 0.66 $ 2.57 $ 2.67
Pretax amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets in the three months ending June 30, 2017 ($13 million pretax, $10 million after-tax) and for the year ending December 31, 2017 ($53 million pretax, $39 million after-tax) 0.04 0.04 0.15 0.15
Tax effect of the adjustment reflected above (0.01 ) (0.01 ) (0.04 ) (0.04 )
Forecasted Adjusted Diluted Net Earnings Per Share $ 0.65   $ 0.69   $ 2.68   $ 2.78  
 

Contact:

Fortive Corporation
Lisa Curran, 425-446-5000
Vice President, Investor Relations
6920 Seaway Boulevard
Everett, WA 98203