GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS—July 29, 2014—Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW) today reported second quarter 2014 diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations of $1.21, 32 percent higher than the prior‐year period. The strong growth in EPS was largely due to ongoing contributions from enterprise initiatives as well as the completion of a previously announced share repurchase program.
Key highlights for the 2014 second quarter financial results versus the year‐ago period include:
*Total revenues grew 4 percent to $3.7 billion and operating income increased 21 percent to $763 million. Organic revenues increased 1.4 percent, with international growth of 2 percent compared to 6 percent in the 2014 first quarter. In the second quarter, European and Asia Pacific organic revenues grew 1 percent and 7 percent, respectively. North America organic revenues increased 1 percent in the second quarter. Also in the quarter, as expected, ongoing product line and customer base simplification initiatives associated with the execution of ITW’s enterprise strategy reduced the Company’s overall organic revenue growth rate by approximately 1 percent.
“ITW had a very good second quarter as our operating margins hit record levels, our EPS increased more than 30 percent and our after tax return on invested capital was near 20 percent,” said Scott Santi, president and chief executive officer. “The ITW team continued to execute well on our enterprise initiatives and produced strong financial results that give us increased confidence in our ability to achieve our 2014 and five‐year enterprise performance goals. As a result, we are narrowing and raising the EPS guidance range for 2014 and now expect EPS to increase 26 percent at the midpoint. In the second quarter, we also successfully completed the sale of the Industrial Packaging segment and the associated share repurchase program. We believe that our business portfolio is well positioned for long‐term growth with best‐in‐class margins and return on invested capital.”