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UTC Reports First Quarter 2016 Results

- Adjusted EPS of $1.47, up 2 percent versus the prior year- Sales were $13.4 billion, with 2 percent organic sales growth- GAAP EPS of $1.42 (including $0.05 in restructuring charges), versus $1.51 in the prior year- Reaffirms 2016 Adjusted EPS expectations of $6.30 to $6.60 on sales of $56 billion to $58 billion

FARMINGTON, Conn., April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Technologies Corp. UTX, -0.38% today reported first quarter 2016 results. All results in this release reflect continuing operations unless otherwise noted.

First quarter Adjusted EPS of $1.47 was up 2 percent versus the prior year. GAAP EPS for the first quarter was $1.42 per share, which included $0.05 of restructuring charges. Sales of $13.4 billion were flat year-over-year as 2 points of organic growth in the quarter was offset by 2 points of unfavorable foreign exchange.

"We are off to a solid start in 2016," said UTC President and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes. "UTC delivered strong operational performance in the first quarter with organic sales growth of 2 percent. We are also making progress on our strategic priorities, particularly our ability to invest in innovation as we continue to focus on structural cost reduction."

Cash flow from operations for the quarter was $795 million and capital expenditures were $286 million. Free cash flow of 43 percent to net income was pressured by inventory build in support of the aerospace production ramp and included a payment of $237 million, the first of four annual payments related to the Canadian government settlement that was booked in the fourth quarter of 2015. For 2016, UTC continues to anticipate free cash flow in the range of 90 to 100 percent of net income attributable to common shareowners.

Otis new equipment orders in the quarter increased 1 percent over the prior year at constant currency, and grew 6 percent excluding China. Equipment orders at UTC Climate, Controls & Security decreased by 8 percent, primarily driven by a difficult compare in the refrigeration business. At Pratt & Whitney, commercial aftermarket sales were up 19 percent, and up 1 percent at UTC Aerospace Systems.

"Notwithstanding a slow-growth global macro environment, we remain confident in our full-year 2016 EPS outlook of $6.30 to $6.60 per share," Hayes added. "As we look to the future, our focused portfolio of industry leading franchises is well-positioned to deliver on our commitments and create significant long-term shareowner value."

UTC reiterated its 2016 outlook and continues to anticipate:

  • Adjusted EPS of $6.30 to $6.60 on sales of $56 billion to $58 billion;
  • Organic sales growth of 1% to 3%;
  • Free cash flow in the range of 90 to 100 percent of net income attributable to common shareowners;
  • Share repurchases of $3 billion in 2016, beyond the repurchases that will be completed in 2016 under the previously announced $6 billion accelerated share repurchase program; and
  • A $1 billion to $2 billion placeholder for acquisitions.

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. Additional information, including a webcast, is available on the Internet at To learn more about UTC, visit the website or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EPS, adjusted segment margins and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures that are used in UTC's financial press releases and webcasts. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the corresponding amounts prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) is included in the tables to this press release.

Adjusted EPS and adjusted segment margin reflect continuing operations, excluding restructuring costs and other significant items of a non-recurring and/or non-operational nature (often referred to as "other significant items"). Management believes Adjusted EPS and adjusted segment margin are both useful in providing period to period comparisons of the results of the Company's operational performance. The tables attached to this press release provide additional information as to the items and amounts that have been excluded from Adjusted EPS and adjusted segment margin.

Free cash flow represents cash flow from operations less capital expenditures. Management believes free cash flow provides a relevant measure of liquidity and a useful basis for assessing UTC's ability to fund its activities, including the financing of acquisitions, debt service, repurchases of the Company's Common Stock and distribution of earnings to shareowners.

When we provide our expectations for Adjusted EPS and/or free cash flow on a forward-looking basis, the closest corresponding GAAP measures (expected EPS from continuing operations and expected cash flow from operations) and a reconciliation of the differences between the non-GAAP expectation and the corresponding GAAP measure generally are not available (except as otherwise indicated) without unreasonable effort due to potentially high variability, complexity and low visibility as to the items that would be excluded from the GAAP measure in the relevant future period. The variability of the excluded items may have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future GAAP results.

Adjusted EPS, adjusted segment margins and free cash flow should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP. Other companies may calculate adjusted EPS, adjusted segment margins and free cash flow differently than the Company does, limiting the usefulness of those measures for comparisons with such other companies.

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