Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, reports results for the fiscal 2018 second quarter ended December 31, 2017. Fiscal 2018 second quarter sales increased 26% to $3.37 billion compared with $2.67 billion in the prior year quarter. Net income was $56.3 million compared with $241.4 million in the fiscal 2017 second quarter. Fiscal 2018 second quarter earnings per share were $0.41, compared with $1.78 in the prior year quarter. Adjusted earnings per share were $2.15, compared with adjusted earnings per share of $1.91 in the prior year quarter, which included a divestiture resulting in a pre-tax gain of $45.0 million or $0.21 per share. During the fiscal 2018 second quarter, the company recognized a net one-time adjustment to income tax expense of $224.5 million, or $1.65 per share related to U.S. Tax Reform and recorded a net pre-tax gain on the sale and writedown of assets of $8.4 million, or $0.05 per share. Business realignment expenses and CLARCOR costs to achieve totaled $25.4 million, or $0.14 per share in the current quarter. A reconciliation of earnings per share to adjusted earnings per share is included in the financial tables of this press release. Cash flow from operations for the first half of fiscal 2018 was $460.3 million or 6.8% of sales, compared with $404.2 million or 7.5% of sales in the prior year period, or 11.5% excluding a discretionary pension contribution in fiscal 2017.
"Improved market conditions together with the ongoing benefits of implementing the new Win Strategy continue to deliver widespread improvements across our company," says Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tom Williams. "Sales were a second quarter record and increased 10% organically, while order rates increased 13% year-over-year. Solid margin performance continued. We are firmly positioned to build on the financial progress that we have made in recent years and to deliver record sales and earnings in fiscal 2018."
Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Segment Results
Diversified Industrial Segment: North American second quarter sales increased 40% to $1.6 billion and operating income increased 23% to $225.8 million, compared with $184.0 million in the same period a year ago. International second quarter sales increased 25% to $1.3 billion and operating income increased 29% to $164.8 million, compared with $127.5 million in the same period a year ago.
Aerospace Systems Segment: Second quarter sales were $549.7 million, compared with $543.8 million in the prior year period and operating income increased 20% to $87.1 million, compared with $72.5 million in the same period a year ago.
Parker reported the following orders for the quarter ending December 31, 2017, compared with the same quarter a year ago:
- Orders increased 13% for total Parker
- Orders increased 15% in the Diversified Industrial North America businesses
- Orders increased 13% in the Diversified Industrial International businesses
- Orders increased 8% in the Aerospace Systems Segment on a rolling 12-month average basis
For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, the company has revised guidance for earnings from continuing operations to the range of $7.38 to $7.78 per share, or $9.65 to $10.05 per share on an adjusted basis.
The revised fiscal 2018 earnings guidance reflects a reduction in the U.S. Federal income tax rate, which has lowered the average effective tax rate for Parker in fiscal 2018. On an adjusted basis, forecasted earnings reflect the net one-time adjustment in income tax expense of $224.5 million, or $1.65 per share recorded in the second quarter of fiscal 2018, as well as expected business realignment expenses of approximately $58 million and CLARCOR costs to achieve of approximately $52 million. A reconciliation of forecasted earnings per share to adjusted forecasted earnings per share is included in the financial tables of this press release.
Williams adds, "We see strong market conditions continuing into the second half of our fiscal year. We remain committed to driving operational improvements through our execution of the Win Strategy, progressing toward our stated long-term financial goals and delivering a record year."