Honeywell profit beats estimates as sales rise 8 percent

Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:28am EST
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By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) - Honeywell International Inc (HON.N: Quote) reported higher-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and revenue on Friday, as sales grew across its major segments.

The diversified U.S. manufacturer of aerospace parts and climate control systems backed its 2014 financial targets, set last month, but forecast first-quarter earnings below Wall Street's estimates.

"While we think it's prudent to remain cautious on the global economy at this time, we're increasingly confident in our 2014 outlook based on the momentum from the fourth quarter," Honeywell Chief Executive Dave Cote said in a statement.

Honeywell shares rose 1 percent to $90.70 in pre-market trading.

Edward Jones analyst Christian Mayes characterized the results as a "pretty good quarter," and said investors would likely now focus on the company's investor day in March, when Honeywell is expected to reveal five-year financial targets.

"That's where the focus where the stock is going to go," said Mayes, who rates the shares a "buy." "People will probably be excited about the numbers that will be revealed, given their history of doing so well and meeting the last targets."

Honeywell's fourth-quarter net income rose to $947 million, or $1.19 per share. That is up considerably from $251 million, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier, when the company recorded a large pension expense.

Excluding one-time items, Honeywell's earnings of $1.24 per share beat the average estimate of analysts by 3 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.   Continued...

A view of the corporate sign outside the Honeywell International Automation and Control Solutions manufacturing plant in Golden Valley, Minnesota, January 28, 2010. REUTERS/ Eric Miller