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Emerson Reports 3Q 2022, Full-Year 2022 Outlook

ST. LOUIS — Emerson today reported results for its third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2022 and updated its full year outlook for fiscal 2022.

June trailing three-month underlying orders were up 10 percent. Third quarter net sales were up 7 percent and underlying sales were up 7 percent. By geography, the Americas were up 14 percent, Europe was flat and Asia, Middle East & Africa was down 1 percent. China was down 6 percent, primarily due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

Third quarter pretax margin of 23.9 percent was up 720 basis points. Adjusted EBITA margin was 22.8 percent, up 270 basis points.

Earnings per share were $1.54 for the quarter, up 48 percent. Adjusted earnings per share were $1.38, up 16 percent, which includes an $0.08 net AspenTech impact.

Operating cash flow was $740 million for the quarter, down 33 percent, and free cash flow was $630 million, down 36 percent. Cash flow results reflected higher working capital due to increased sales and continued supply chain constraints.

“Emerson delivered another strong quarter as we continue to see double-digit growth in underlying orders and strong demand for our technology, software and solutions,” said Emerson President and Chief Executive Officer Lal Karsanbhai. “Portfolio actions, including AspenTech which increased our adjusted earnings per share for the quarter by 8 cents, are delivering immediate value to customers and shareholders. The strength in demand and continued growth in backlog provides confidence to execute our plan despite COVID-19 lockdowns in China and continued global supply chain constraints, specifically with electronic components, which impacted our sales conversion this quarter.”

“We have made significant progress on our portfolio journey this year,” Karsanbhai continued. “These actions, including yesterday’s announced agreement to sell InSinkErator, represent Emerson’s continued commitment to creating a higher growth, more diversified and cohesive portfolio.”

Portfolio Progress

Earlier this week, Emerson announced it has reached an agreement to sell the InSinkErator® business to Whirlpool Corporation for $3.0 billion. More details on the transaction can be found here.

On May 16, Emerson closed its transaction with AspenTech creating a global software leader positioned to advance customers’ sustainability and operational excellence goals, and a platform to deploy M&A capital. AspenTech’s July agreement to acquire end-to-end mining software provider, Micromine, is an example of this increased flexibility.

In the third quarter, Emerson also closed the divestiture of Therm-O-Disc and acquired Fluxa, a life sciences process knowledge management leader.

Business Platform Results

Automation Solutions  June trailing three-month underlying orders were up 13 percent and backlog increased $100 million compared to the prior quarter to $6.2 billion despite $132 million of debooking in Russia.

Net sales were flat in the quarter, with underlying sales up 4 percent. The Americas were up 12 percent, Europe was down 2 percent and Asia, Middle East & Africa was down 3 percent. China was down 2 percent.

Segment EBIT margin increased 40 basis points to 18.5 percent and adjusted segment EBITA margin increased 70 basis points to 21.0 percent.

Commercial & Residential Solutions  June trailing three-month underlying orders were up 5 percent and backlog decreased $100 million compared to the prior quarter to $1.3 billion and was flat excluding the impact of the Therm-O-Disc divestiture.

Net sales increased 8 percent in the quarter, with underlying sales up 13 percent. The Americas were up 16 percent, Europe was up 6 percent and Asia, Middle East & Africa was up 5 percent. China was down 18 percent.

Segment EBIT margin increased 10 basis points to 21.4 percent and adjusted segment EBITA margin decreased 50 basis points to 22.0 percent.

Aspentech  net sales were $239 million for the quarter. Segment EBIT margin was 23.7 percent and adjusted segment EBITA margin was 53.8 percent.

2022 Updated Outlook 

Emerson updated its 2022 full year outlook to reflect the impacts of the AspenTech and Therm-O-Disc transactions, and write-offs associated with its announced Russia exit while considering continued macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty, supply chain constraints, exchange rate fluctuations and challenges related to COVID-19. Net sales guidance is reduced to 7 to 8 percent and underlying sales guidance is narrowed to 9 to 10 percent. Earnings per share guidance is increased to $5.25 to $5.35 and adjusted earnings per share guidance is increased to $5.05 to $5.15. Operating cash flow is now expected to be $3.0 billion due to higher working capital from increased sales and continued supply chain constraints. Capital spending was reduced to approximately $525 million and free cash flow is now expected to be $2.5 billion. Share repurchase is expected to be approximately $500 million.

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