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ITT Reports 2023 Earnings Per Share (EPS) of $1.12, Adjusted EPS of $1.34 in Fourth Quarter 2023; Reports EPS of $4.97, Adjusted EPS of $5.21 for the Full Year

February 8, 2024-- ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023. For the fourth quarter, the company reported a year-over-year rev...

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Full Year 2023 Highlights:

  • 10% revenue growth (8% organic) driven by higher volume, pricing actions, favorable foreign currency impacts and acquisitions
  • 16.1% operating margin, up 40 basis points; 16.9% adjusted operating margin, up 100 basis points
  • Operating cash flow of $538 million, up $260 million; free cash flow of $430 million, up $257 million
  • Initiates 2024 EPS guidance up 13% at the midpoint (adjusted EPS up 9% at the midpoint)

STAMFORD, Conn.: February 8, 2024-- ITT Inc. (NYSE: ITT) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2023. For the fourth quarter, the company reported a year-over-year revenue increase of 7%, up 4% on an organic basis, primarily driven by higher Friction original equipment (OE) volumes in Motion Technologies (MT) and pricing actions in Connect & Control Technologies (CCT) and Industrial Process (IP). Fourth quarter results included a 2% favorable foreign currency impact, while the Micro-Mode acquisition contributed 1% to total revenue growth.

Fourth quarter operating income of $119 million decreased 21% compared to prior year, and operating margin of 14.3% decreased 520 basis points versus prior year primarily due to a one-time loss of $15 million on the sale of the Matrix Composites (Matrix) business in CCT, a prior year non-recurring gain of $16 million on the sale of IP facilities, higher restructuring and corporate charges and cost inflation. On an adjusted basis, operating income of $141 million increased 4% primarily due to higher volumes, pricing actions and productivity. The increase was partially offset by higher corporate expenses, including strategic growth investments, incentive compensation and M&A costs.

Earnings per share for the fourth quarter of $1.12 decreased 19% versus prior year primarily due to the impact of non-recurring items, lower operating income and higher tax rate, partially offset by lower interest expense. On an adjusted basis, earnings per share of $1.34 increased 4% compared to prior year due to higher operating income including favorable foreign currency impact.

Operating cash flow for the fourth quarter of $170 million increased 5% versus prior year driven by higher operating income and strong accounts receivable collections. Free cash flow for the fourth quarter of $131 million was flat versus prior year. For the full year 2023, ITT generated operating cash flow of $538 million, an increase of $260 million versus 2022, and free cash flow of $430 million, an increase of $257 million versus 2022. Both increases were due to higher net income and improved inventory velocity and receivables collections.

Change in Presentation of Operating Income and Operating Margin

ITT is transitioning to a new measure for operating income and operating margin in its press release and related earnings presentation. This is not due to any error, correction or misstatement by ITT. Beginning with the fourth quarter of 2023, the company will no longer disclose total segment operating income or margin, or total adjusted segment operating income or margin and instead will focus on operating income and margin and adjusted operating income and margin on a consolidated basis. This will reflect our previous segment operating income measures minus corporate expense (previously presented below the segment operating income line in ITT’s earnings materials). The difference between adjusted segment operating margin and adjusted operating margin for the fourth quarter and full year 2023 is 180 and 170 basis points, respectively.

Table 1. Fourth Quarter Performance

Q4 2023 Q4 2022 Change
Revenue $

829.1

$

774.6

7.0

%

Organic Growth

4.5

%

Operating Income(1) $

118.8

$

150.9

(21.3)

%

Operating Margin(1)

14.3

%

19.5

%

(520)

bps
Adjusted Operating Income(1) $

140.9

$

136.0

3.6

%

Adjusted Operating Margin(1)

17.0

%

17.6

%

(60)

bps
Earnings Per Share $

1.12

$

1.39

(19.4)

%

Adjusted Earnings Per Share $

1.34

$

1.29

3.9

%

Operating Cash Flow $

170.4

$

162.5

4.9

%

Free Cash Flow $

131.3

$

132.3

(0.8)

%

 
Note: all results unaudited; dollars in millions except per share amounts

(1) Reflects transition from segment operating income and adjusted segment operating income (and accompanying margin) to operating income and adjusted operating income (and accompanying margin), as described above.

Management Commentary

“In 2023, ITT continued to drive growth and differentiation through performance and innovation. We drove high single-digit orders growth whilst also winning the largest single contract ever in our flow business. We outperformed the global automotive market by roughly six hundred basis points in Friction OE to reach more than 29% market share globally. And we invested over $100 million towards future growth, including for capacity expansion and new technologies. With our pricing actions and relentless productivity focus, we grew operating margins 100 basis points, with 330 basis points of improvement in Industrial Process. On capital deployment, we expanded our flow and connectors portfolio through two strategic acquisitions, divested two non-core product lines, and repurchased nearly $70 million of ITT shares. We positioned ITT for another strong performance in 2024,” said Luca Savi, ITT’s Chief Executive Officer and President.

Table 2. Fourth Quarter Segment Results

Revenue Operating Income Operating Margin
Q4 2023 Reported
Increase /
(Decrease)
Organic
Growth
Q4 2023 Reported
Increase /
(Decrease)
Adjusted
Increase /
(Decrease)
Q4 2023 Reported
Increase /
(Decrease)
Adjusted
Increase /
(Decrease)
Motion Technologies $

364.7

10.4

%

7.4

%

$

60.3

26.2

%

28.5

%

16.5%

200

bps

240

bps
Industrial Process

289.7

3.2

%

2.1

%

57.2

(28.5)

%

(5.9)

%

19.7%

(880)

bps

(210)

bps
Connect & Control Technologies

175.6

6.7

%

2.5

%

16.5

(47.8)

%

5.7

%

9.4%

(980)

bps

(20)

bps
 
Note: all results unaudited; excludes intercompany eliminations of $0.9 million; comparisons to Q4 2022; dollars in millions.

Motion Technologies revenue increased 10%, driven by higher sales volume in Friction OE, including 30% growth in China, higher rail shipments and favorable foreign currency translation. Operating income of $60 million increased 26% due to productivity savings, higher sales volume, and lower material inflation, partially offset by higher labor and overhead costs, unfavorable product mix and higher strategic investments.

Industrial Process revenue increased 3%, primarily driven by growth in aftermarket parts and service, pricing actions and favorable foreign currency impacts. Operating income of $57 million decreased 29% driven by a non-recurring gain of $16 million in the prior year on facilities sales and higher restructuring and labor costs, partially offset by pricing actions and productivity savings.

Connect & Control Technologies revenue increased 7%, primarily driven by growth in aerospace and industrial components, pricing actions, the Micro-Mode acquisition and favorable foreign currency impacts. Operating income of $17 million decreased 48% driven by a one-time loss of $15 million on the sale of Matrix and higher raw material, labor and overhead costs. The decrease was partially offset by pricing actions and productivity savings. On an adjusted basis, operating income of $33 million increased 6% due to pricing actions.

Table 3. 2023 Full Year Results

FY 2023 FY 2022 Change
Revenue $

3,283.0

$

2,987.7

9.9

%

Organic Growth

8.1

%

Operating Income(1) $

528.2

$

468.0

12.9

%

Operating Margin(1)

16.1

%

15.7

%

40

bps
Adjusted Operating Income(1) $

554.6

$

473.8

17.1

%

Adjusted Operating Margin(1)

16.9

%

15.9

%

100

bps
Earnings Per Share $

4.97

$

4.40

13.0

%

Adjusted Earnings Per Share $

5.21

$

4.44

17.3

%

Operating Cash Flow $

538.0

$

277.7

93.7

%

Free Cash Flow $

430.4

$

173.8

147.6

%

 
Note: all results unaudited; dollars in millions except per share amounts
(1) Reflects transition from segment operating income and adjusted segment operating income (and accompanying margin) to operating income and adjusted operating income (and accompanying margin), as described above.

Quarterly Dividend Increase

The company announced today an increase in its quarterly dividend of 10% to $0.319 per share on the company’s outstanding common stock. ITT’s Board of Directors approved the cash dividend for the first quarter of 2024, which will be payable on April 1, 2024 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 8, 2024. The 10% increase in the quarterly dividend announced today follows increases of 20% and 10% in 2022 and 2023, respectively. Including the 10% increase in 2024, the company’s dividend has grown at a 16% compounded annual growth rate since 2019.

2024 Guidance

We expect revenue growth of 9% to 12%, up 3% to 6% on an organic basis; operating margin of 16.7% to 17.3%, and adjusted operating margin of 16.9% to 17.5%, flat to up 60 bps; EPS of $5.37 to $5.82, and adjusted EPS of $5.45 to $5.90, representing growth of 9% at the midpoint; and free cash flow of $435 million to $475 million, representing free cash flow margin of 12% to 13% for full year 2024.

It is not possible, without unreasonable efforts, to estimate the impacts of foreign currency fluctuations, acquisitions and certain other special items that may occur in 2024 as these items are inherently uncertain and difficult to predict. As a result, we are unable to quantify certain amounts that would be included in a reconciliation of organic revenue growth and adjusted operating margin to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures without unreasonable efforts and we have not provided reconciliations for these forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures.

Investor Conference Call Details

ITT’s management will host a conference call for investors on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The briefing can be accessed live via webcast which is available on the company’s website: https://investors.itt.com. A replay of the webcast will be available two hours after the call until Thursday, February 22, 2024 at midnight Eastern Time. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial performance metrics to their most comparable U.S. GAAP financial performance metrics are defined and presented below and should not be considered a substitute for, nor superior to, the financial data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In addition, the conference call (including the financial results presentation material) may include, and officers and representatives of ITT may from time to time make and discuss, projections, goals, assumptions, and statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements”. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but rather represent only a belief regarding future events based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections about our business, future financial results, the industry in which we operate, and other legal, regulatory, and economic developments. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, future strategic plans and other statements that describe the company’s business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals, and any discussion of future events and future operating or financial performance.

We use words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “future,” “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “potential,” “continue,” “guidance” and other similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are uncertain and, by their nature, many are inherently unpredictable and outside of ITT’s control, and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in, or reasonably inferred from, such forward-looking statements.

Where in any forward-looking statement we express an expectation or belief as to future results or events, such expectation or belief is based on current plans and expectations of our management, expressed in good faith and believed to have a reasonable basis. However, we cannot provide any assurance that the expectation or belief will occur or that anticipated results will be achieved or accomplished.

Among the factors that could cause our results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements are risks and uncertainties inherent in our business including, without limitation:

  • uncertain global economic and capital markets conditions, which have been influenced by heightened geopolitical tensions, inflation, changes in monetary policies, the threat of a possible global economic recession, trade disputes between the U.S. and its trading partners, political and social unrest, and the availability and fluctuations in prices of energy and commodities, including steel, oil, copper and tin;
  • fluctuations in interest rates and the impact of such fluctuations on customer behavior and on our cost of debt;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and the impact of such fluctuations on our revenues, customer demand for our products and on our hedging arrangements;
  • volatility in raw material prices and our suppliers’ ability to meet quality and delivery requirements;
  • risk of liabilities from recent mergers, acquisitions, or venture investments, and past divestitures and spin-offs;
  • our inability to hire or retain key personnel;
  • failure to compete successfully and innovate in our markets;
  • failure to manage the distribution of products and services effectively;
  • failure to protect our intellectual property rights or violations of the intellectual property rights of others;
  • the extent to which there are quality problems with respect to manufacturing processes or finished goods;
  • the risk of cybersecurity breaches or failure of any information systems used by the Company, including any flaws in the implementation of any enterprise resource planning systems;
  • loss of or decrease in sales from our most significant customers;
  • risks due to our operations and sales outside the U.S. and in emerging markets, including the imposition of tariffs and trade sanctions;
  • fluctuations in demand or customers’ levels of capital investment, maintenance expenditures, production, and market cyclicality;
  • the risk of material business interruptions, particularly at our manufacturing facilities;
  • risks related to government contracting, including changes in levels of government spending and regulatory and contractual requirements applicable to sales to the U.S. government;
  • fluctuations in our effective tax rate, including as a result of changing tax laws and other possible tax reform legislation in the U.S. and other jurisdictions;
  • changes in environmental laws or regulations, discovery of previously unknown or more extensive contamination, or the failure of a potentially responsible party to perform;
  • failure to comply with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (or other applicable anti-corruption legislation), export controls and trade sanctions; and
  • risk of product liability claims and litigation.

The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation (and expressly disclaim any obligation) to update any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral or as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(IN MILLIONS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)
 
Three Months Ended Full Year
December 31,
2023
December 31,
2022
December 31,
2023
December 31,
2022
Revenue $

829.1

$

774.6

$

3,283.0

$

2,987.7

Cost of revenue

543.1

526.3

2,175.7

2,065.4

Gross profit

286.0

248.3

1,107.3

922.3

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