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Record sales and earnings expected for Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls, a global diversified company in the building and automotive industries, expects to post record sales and earnings in fiscal 2012

| | Nov 30, 2011 | 2:44 pm
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Johnson Controls, a global diversified company in the building and automotive industries, expects to post record sales and earnings in fiscal 2012

Johnson Controls has announced through a press release that it expects to post record sales and earnings in fiscal 2012. The highlights include consolidated net sales of around $44.2 billion, up nine per cent and diluted earnings per share of $2.85-3.00, up approximately 20%. Sales and margin improvements have been recorded in automotive experience, power solutions and building efficiency.

From a market perspective, Johnson Controls said it expects higher 2012 automotive production in North America and China, with relatively flat European production versus 2011. The global Building Efficiency market is forecast to improve slightly next year as strong growth in the emerging markets, especially China and the Middle East, offsets softness in mature geographic markets.

The company said it is positioned to grow faster than its underlying markets with improved profitability over the long term.

Stephen A Roell

Stephen A Roell

“Johnson Controls entered fiscal 2012 with record backlogs in our automotive and buildings businesses,” Stephen A Roell, Chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls, said. “Our aftermarket battery business continues to grow and gain market share globally. In addition, we are benefitting from new growth platforms resulting from the investments we have made.”

“While we recognise the challenges of the near-term global economy, we believe our unique strengths will enable Johnson Controls to deliver higher sales and double-digit earnings improvements in 2012,” he said.

Building Efficiency revenues are expected to increase by 9-11% in 2012 due to strong backlogs, a moderate improvement in service and the continued growth of it energy efficiency and Global Workplace Solutions businesses.

Segment margins are expected to increase to 5.6-5.8 per cent, led by the benefits of global volume growth and improvements in the service business. The higher margins will be partially offset by investments in growth opportunities including a sales force expansion, information technology initiatives and costs associated with the introduction of new products. The company recently announced the introduction of Panoptix, a suite of cloud-hosted building efficiency applications that make it easy to collect and manage data from disparate building systems and other data sources.

The company forecasts approximately six per cent revenue growth in 2012 by its Automotive Experience business, reflecting higher global production volumes and approximately $1.4 billion in new programme launches, partially offset by the negative impact of a weaker Euro. Excluding currency, revenues would increase nine per cent. In China, inclusive of non-consolidated joint ventures, Johnson Controls has 44% market share in seating and expects total revenues to increase by 21% to approximately $4.8 billion.

Segment margins are expected to improve to 5.3-5.5 per cent in 2012 as a result of the higher volumes and the full-year benefit of acquisitions completed in 2011. In Europe, margins are expected to improve significantly as the company continues to reduce operational and launch related inefficiencies.

Power Solutions 2012 revenues are expected to increase 11-13% due to higher volumes across all regions resulting from market share gains and the full year impact of the Changxing plant in China. The forecast segment margin of 13.5-13.9 per cent reflects the benefits of vertical integration for the recycling of lead and the start of a product mix shift toward AGM battery technology. The higher segment margin from these factors will be partially offset by expenses associated with the consolidation of its hybrid battery business.

The company forecasts an increase in 2012 capital investments to approximately $1.7 billion to support its organic growth opportunities.

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