Thu, Aug. 20, 12:21 PM
- The WSJ reports United Technologies (UTX -1.6%) is in talks to buy HVAC/air quality/security system maker Nortek (NASDAQ:NTK).
- Nortek spiked higher on the report before getting halted.
- Update (12:23PM ET): Nortek has resumed trading, and is now up 17.6%.
- Update 2 (12:35PM ET): The full story is up. No potential deal price is given.
Tue, Jul. 21, 12:25 PM
- United Technologies (UTX -7.7%) suffers its biggest decline in dollar terms since September 2001, after warning that profit at its UTC Aerospace Systems and Otis elevator unit would be lower than expected in 2015.
- RBC says UTX's cut to 2015 guidance was significantly larger than it had expected, even though the company had cautioned at the Paris Air Show on both aerospace and Otis; the slump in the aerospace aftermarket is especially grim, the firm says, as the business had offset weak aftermarket growth in the Pratt & Whitney jet engine business.
- Sterne Agee CRT, which had said yesterday it was time to buy UTX after its sale of Sikorsky Aircraft, says softer end markets are hurting UTX's core legacy franchises but it would “look to add on weakness reflecting the likelihood of more aggressive buybacks and M&A."
Tue, Jul. 21, 7:52 AM
- Net profit of $1.54B, or $1.73 per share vs. $1.68B, or $1.84 a share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding one-time items and restructuring charges, adjusted earnings per share were $1.81.
- Sales by segment: Otis -8%; UTC Climate, Controls & Security +1%; Pratt & Whitney +2%; UTC Aerospace flat; Sikorsky -29%.
- Yesterday, UTC reached an agreement to sell Sikorsky to Lockheed Martin for $9B. Sikorsky will be reported in discontinued operations beginning in Q3.
- "With six months of trends behind us, it is now clear the commercial aftermarket at UTC Aerospace Systems will be significantly below our expectations for the year," said CEO Gregory Hayes. We now expect 2015 operating profit at UTC Aerospace Systems to be down $25M-$75M and at Otis to be down $25M-$75M at constant currency.
- Full year guidance: EPS from continuing operations of $6.15-$6.30 (including Sikorsky) vs. $6.35 to $6.55. Sales expectations from continuing operations have been revised to $57B-$58B from $58B-$59B.
- UTX -4.1% premarket
- Q2 results
Mon, Jul. 20, 12:49 PM
- Lockheed Martin (LMT +1.9%) hit a "trifecta" today following the announcement of its $9B purchase of Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies (UTX -0.7%), according to the analyst team at UBS.
- The deal cements LMT's dominance in weapons making and opens key foreign markets for the company, which has annual revenues of $45B; analysts do not expect antitrust objections since LMT does not build helicopters.
- LMT also announced a strategic review of a large portion of its government IT and services portfolio for a potential sale or spinoff.
- Also, LMT's Q2 results came in well ahead of consensus, with 3% revenue growth well ahead of the UBS forecast for a 6% decline and 12% margins coming in 30 bps better than expected.
- UTX shares also are worth buying, according to Sterne Agee CRT analyst Peter Arment, who says the Sikorsky sale is a "positive first step" in the transformation of its business portfolio and allows the company to return a large amount of cash to shareholders without reducing balance sheet flexibility; while Sikorsky generated ~10% of UTX sales, it only accounted for 6.5% of its profits.
Fri, Jul. 10, 3:04 PM
- Lockheed Martin (LMT +1.7%) is in advanced talks to buy the Sikorsky helicopter unit from United Technologies (UTX +1.3%), and an agreement could be reached in the coming days, Dow Jones reports.
- Earlier reports had said Textron (TXT +0.1%) also was a finalist in the bidding for the maker of Black Hawk helicopters.
- At a speculated price of $8B or more, a purchase of Sikorsky would be LMT’s largest since it bought Martin Marietta for ~$10B 20 years ago.
Tue, Apr. 21, 7:43 AM
- Net profit of $1.43B, or $1.58 per share vs. $1.21B, or $1.32 a share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share were $1.51.
- Otis elevator orders fell 7.1%, sales at Pratt & Whitney grew less than 1% to $3.33B, and sales at Sikorsky (which the company has been in talks about selling) fell 6.9% to $1.27B.
- Equipment orders at its UTC Climate, Controls & Security business were about flat at $3.85B.
- United Tech (NYSE:UTX) also affirmed its 2015 sales target of $65B-$66B and EPS guidance of $6.85-$7.05.
- UTX +1.1% premarket
- Q1 results
Thu, Mar. 12, 11:33 AM
- Sikorsky Aircraft would be a sought-after property if United Technologies (UTX +2%) follows through with a sale, probably as a tax-free spinoff that could be valued on a stand-alone basis of $7B-$8.5B, or $8-$10/share, Sterne Agee's Peter Arment calculates.
- Citi's Jason Gursky says a deal should be met favorably, Sikorsky is not well aligned with UTX’s vision of being exposed to end markets that will likely benefit from the world’s growing middle class.
- Gursky is looking to Northrop Grumman's (NYSE:NOC) 2011 spinoff of Huntington Ingalls as an example, which led to the levering up of the spinco and the repurchase of the parent company stock.
- Management has put no timeline on the potential alternative outcomes, but Arment expects a conclusion by mid-summer 2015.
Thu, Mar. 12, 8:10 AM
- United Technologies' (NYSE:UTX) chief executive acknowledged that the decision to possibly spin off its Sikorsky Aircraft unit was difficult, but said it would ultimately create value by giving shareholders the choice of owning a helicopter business or owning an aerospace and commercial buildings firm.
- "The issue with Sikorsky here is not that Sikorsky is a bad business. Sikorsky is a great helicopter business," CEO Gregory Hayes told CNBC in a "Squawk Box" interview. "As we think about the portfolio, though, it's really a question of, 'How do you position yourself for above GDP growth, for higher margin into the future?"
- Hayes also noted that Sikorsky's growth will be governed by defense spending and areas of "huge uncertainty."
- Previously: WSJ: United Technologies may spin off Sikorsky Aircraft (Mar. 11 2015)
- UTX +2% premarket
Wed, Mar. 11, 8:26 AM
- United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) is getting it together, writes Peter Arment, Josh Sullivan and Asher Carey in Barron's, saying new CEO Greg Hayes will set a new path that involves portfolio shaping, M&A and more buybacks.
- Sterne Agee rates the stock at Buy with a $140 price target, ahead of its 2015 investor meeting tomorrow.
- UTX +0.2% premarket
Wed, Jan. 28, 3:49 PM
- The U.S. Air Force says it has selected Boeing's (BA +5.7%) commercial 747-8 airliner to replace its current fleet of Air Force One presidential aircraft.
- Boeing has not secured a contract, but the Pentagon says it likely would win deals for the aircraft and modifications that include sophisticated communications equipment and antimissile devices.
- The Sikorsky unit of United Technologies (UTX -1.7%) and Lockheed Martin (LMT -0.5%) win a $1.24B contract to build the first six of a planned fleet of 23 helicopters for the Marine Corps to transport the president, vice president, cabinet members and other dignitaries.
Mon, Jan. 26, 6:38 PM
- The story of Q4 at United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) "really is one word, and that’s ‘currency,’” CEO Greg Hayes says in the earnings conference call, as the company - which derives 62% of sales from outside the U.S. - is hurt by the strengthening dollar once those sales are translated back into the U.S. currency.
- UTX had projected a 6% decline in the value of the euro vs. the dollar when it briefed investors Dec. 10, but the euro has fallen another 12% since then, Hayes said, whacking $0.24 off anticipated FY 2015 EPS.
- To offset some of the currency impact, Hayes says UTX will costs and raise its planned share buyback for the year from $2B to $3B.
- UTX executives said nothing had changed in the company's fundamental outlook, backing its forecast for 3%-5% in organic sales growth for the year.
- UTX -2.1% AH.
Mon, Jan. 26, 4:51 PM
- United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) -2.3% AH after Q4 earnings met expectations but it cut its FY 2015 outlook due to negative impacts from the stronger dollar.
- UTX says it sees 2015 EPS of $6.85-$7.05 per share, down from its prior range of $7.00-$7.20 and below analyst consensus of $7.19, and FY 2015 revenues of $65B-$66B vs. $66.9B consensus.
- In Q4, UTX says new equipment orders at its Otis elevator business rose 12% Y/Y, excluding foreign exchange fluctuations, but sales at aerospace subsidiary Pratt & Whitney fell 6%.
- Equipment orders at UTC Climate, Controls & Security gained 11%; commercial aftermarket sales rose 5% for UTC Aerospace Systems.
Thu, Jan. 15, 10:52 AM
- Other firms are likely to feel a pinch after Bombardier ((OTCPK:BDRAF -18%),(OTCQX:BDRBF -20.8%)) announced it's pausing its Learjet 85 program.
- Rockwell Collins (COL +0.7%) supplies the Learjet 85's avionics, Pratt & Whitney (UTX +0.7%) Canada provides the jet's engines, while LMI Aerospace (LMIA -0.2%) takes part in the plane's engineering.
Dec. 8, 2014, 2:26 PM
- United Technologies (UTX +1.7%) unit Pratt & Whitney Canada says it will invest more than C$1B ($874M) over four and a half years to develop new high-performance plane engines.
- UTX says the C$1B in R&D spending includes C$300M from Canada's federal government, which is repayable.
- The investment will support close to 1,500 jobs in Quebec and Ontario over the next five years, according to the government.
- Bernstein upgrades shares to Outperform from Market Perform ahead of the news.
Oct. 21, 2014, 7:39 AM
- United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) reports a Q3 net profit increase of $1.85B, up 31% Y/Y from $1.4B.
- Sales increased 5% Y/Y to $16.2B, all driven by organic growth.
- "With double-digit earnings and 4% organic sales growth through the first three quarters, UTC remains on track to deliver on our expectations for the year," says CEO Louis Chenevert. "Our solid backlog and organic growth trends continue to give us confidence in our earnings per share range of $6.75 to $6.85, on sales of about $65B."
- Q3 earnings
- UTX +1.5% premarket
Aug. 27, 2014, 9:26 AM
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United Technologies Corporation provides high technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries. Its business segments are Otis, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems and Sikorsky.
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