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Crane Co. Reports Second Quarter Results and Raises 2018 EPS Guidance

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Second Quarter 2018 Highlights:

  • GAAP earnings per diluted share (EPS) of $1.32 compared to $1.14 in
    the second quarter of last year; excluding Special Items, EPS of $1.41
    increased 20% compared to the second quarter of 2017.
  • Raising 2018 GAAP EPS guidance to a range of $4.90-$5.10 vs. prior
    range of $4.75-$4.95; excluding Special Items, raising 2018 EPS
    guidance to a range of $5.60-$5.80 vs. prior range of $5.45-$5.65.
  • Revising 2018 free cash flow guidance (cash provided by operating
    activities less capital spending) to $250-$280 million vs. prior range
    of $240-$270 million.

Crane Co. (NYSE:CR), a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered
industrial products, reported second quarter 2018 earnings per diluted
share (EPS) of $1.32, compared to $1.14 per diluted share in the second
quarter of 2017. Excluding Special Items, second quarter 2018 EPS
increased 20% to $1.41. (Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial
Measures tables.)

Second quarter sales were a record $851 million, an increase of 21%
compared to $703 million in the second quarter of 2017. The sales
increase was comprised of a $124 million, or 18%, benefit from
acquisitions, core sales growth of $12 million, or 2%, and a $12
million, or 2%, benefit from favorable foreign exchange.

Operating profit in the second quarter was $113 million, an increase of
7% compared to $106 million in the second quarter of 2017. Excluding
Special Items, operating profit in the second quarter was $126 million,
an increase of 13% compared to $112 million in the second quarter of
2017. (Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables.)

The effective tax rate in the second quarter was 23.1%, down from 30.5%
in the second quarter of 2017. Excluding Special Items, the effective
tax rate in the second quarter was 23.9%, down from 30.4% in the second
quarter of 2017. The lower tax rate in the second quarter of 2018 was a
result of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We continue to expect a full
year 2018 tax rate of approximately 22%.

Max Mitchell, Crane Co. President and Chief Executive Officer commented:
"We delivered another quarter of strong operating results. Most major
end markets are performing as or better than expected, with solid demand
across Aerospace & Electronics, Crane Payment Innovations, Crane
Currency and Fluid Handling. We are also making continued progress
across our various initiatives including previously announced
repositioning activities and the integration of Crane Currency. To date,
we are tracking ahead of the midpoint of our previously issued guidance,
with incremental strength at Aerospace & Electronics and continued
shipments to a large Crane Currency customer more than offsetting softer
RV demand. Based on these factors, we are raising our 2018 EPS guidance,
excluding Special Items, to $5.60-$5.80, from our prior range of
$5.45-$5.65." (Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures
tables.)

Cash Flow and Other Financial Metrics

Cash provided by operating activities in the first six months of 2018
was $131 million, compared to $70 million in the first six months of
2017. Free cash flow (cash provided by operating activities less capital
spending) was $87 million in the first six months of 2018, compared to
$50 million in the first six months of 2017. (Please see the attached
Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables.)

The Company's cash position was $318 million at June 30, 2018, compared
to $706 million at December 31, 2017. Total debt was $1,109 million at
June 30, 2018, compared to $743 million at December 31, 2017. The
increase in total debt reflects the financing associated with the
January 10, 2018 acquisition of Crane Currency.

Segment Results

All comparisons detailed in this section refer to operating results for
the second quarter 2018 versus the second quarter 2017.

Fluid Handling

   

     Second Quarter     

 

     Change     

(dollars in millions)

  2018  

 

  2017  

   
Sales $ 277 $ 264 $ 13 5 %
 
Operating Profit $ 30 $ 29

1 %
Operating Profit, before Special Items* $ 34 $ 34

1 %
 
Profit Margin 10.7 % 11.0 %
Profit Margin, before Special Items* 12.3 % 12.8 %
 
*Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables
 

Sales increased $13 million, driven by $8 million, or 3%, of favorable
foreign exchange, $4 million, or 2%, core growth, and a slight benefit
from acquisitions. Operating margin decreased to 10.7%, compared to
11.0% last year, primarily reflecting adverse mix related to the timing
of nuclear outages. Excluding Special Items, operating margin was 12.3%,
compared to 12.8% last year. Fluid Handling order backlog was $292
million at June 30, 2018, $262 million at December 31, 2017, and $259
million at June 30, 2017.

Payment & Merchandising Technologies

   

     Second Quarter     

 

     Change     

(dollars in millions) 2018   2017    
Sales $ 324 $ 198 $ 126 64 %
 
Operating Profit $ 46 $ 42 $ 4 10 %
Operating Profit, before Special Items* $ 53 $ 43 $ 10 24 %
 
Profit Margin 14.2 % 21.1 %
Profit Margin, before Special Items* 16.5 % 21.8 %
 
*Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables
 

Sales increased $126 million, or 64%, driven primarily by sales from
acquisitions, with $3 million of favorable foreign exchange and
approximately flat core sales on challenging comparisons to the prior
year. Operating margin declined to 14.2%, from 21.1% last year,
primarily reflecting the impact of the Crane Currency acquisition, and
restructuring and integration related charges. Excluding Special Items,
operating margins of 16.5% declined from 21.8% last year.

Aerospace & Electronics

   

     Second Quarter     

 

     Change     

(dollars in millions)

  2018  

 

  2017  

   
Sales $ 187 $ 171 $ 16 9 %
 
Operating Profit $ 43 $ 38 $ 6 15 %
Operating Profit, before Special Items* $ 44 $ 38 $ 6 15 %
 
Profit Margin 23.1 % 22.0 %
Profit Margin, before Special Items* 23.3 % 22.2 %
 
*Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures tables
 

Sales increased $16 million, or 9%, primarily driven by higher core
sales. Operating margin increased to 23.1%, from 22.0% last year,
primarily as a result of higher volumes and productivity. Excluding
Special Items, operating margin increased 110 basis points to 23.3%.
Aerospace & Electronics order backlog was $441 million at June 30, 2018,
$374 million at December 31, 2017, and $328 million at June 30, 2017.

Engineered Materials

   

     Second Quarter     

 

     Change     

(dollars in millions)

  2018  

 

  2017  

 
Sales $ 63 $ 69 $ (7 ) (10 %)
 
Operating Profit $ 11 $ 13 $ (2 ) (15 %)
 
Profit Margin

17.9

% 19.1 %
 

Sales decreased $7 million, or 10%, driven primarily by lower sales to
the Recreational Vehicle market. Operating margin declined to 17.9%,
primarily reflecting lower volumes, partially offset by strong
productivity.

Raising 2018 Guidance

We are raising our 2018 full year GAAP EPS guidance to a range of
$4.90-$5.10, compared to the prior range of $4.75-$4.95. We now expect
2018 full year EPS, excluding Special Items, of $5.60-$5.80, compared to
the prior range of $5.45-$5.65. Full year 2018 free cash flow (cash
provided by operating activities less capital spending) is now expected
to be in a range of $250-$280 million, compared to the prior range of
$240-$270 million. (Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures
tables.)

Additional Information

Additional information with respect to the Company's asbestos liability
and related accounting provisions and cash requirements is set forth in
the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with a copy of this press release.

Conference Call

Crane Co. has scheduled a conference call to discuss the second quarter
financial results on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. (Eastern). All
interested parties may listen to a live webcast of the call at http://www.craneco.com.
An archived webcast will also be available to replay this conference
call directly from the Company's website under Investors, Events &
Presentations. Slides that accompany the conference call will be
available on the Company's website.

Crane Co. is a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial
products. Founded in 1855, Crane Co. provides products and solutions to
customers in the chemicals, oil & gas, power, automated payment
solutions, banknote design and production and aerospace & defense, along
with a wide range of general industrial and consumer related end
markets. The Company has four business segments: Fluid Handling, Payment
& Merchandising Technologies, Aerospace & Electronics and Engineered
Materials. Crane Co. has approximately 12,000 employees in the Americas,
Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Crane Co. is traded on the
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CR). For more information, visit www.craneco.com.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements as defined
by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
These
statements are based on the management's current beliefs, expectations,
plans, assumptions and objectives regarding Crane Co.'s future financial
performance and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties.
Any
discussions contained in this press release, except to the extent that
they contain historical facts, are forward-looking and accordingly
involve estimates, assumptions, judgments and uncertainties.
There
are a number of factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to
differ materially from those addressed in these forward-looking
statements.
Such factors are detailed in the Company's Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, the
Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, and
subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Such reports are available on the Securities Exchange Commission's
website (
www.sec.gov).
Crane Co. does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.

(Financial Tables Follow)

 

CRANE CO.

Income Statement Data

(in millions, except per share data)

     
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2018   2017 2018   2017
Net sales:
Fluid Handling $ 276.9 $ 263.8 $ 543.5 $ 503.4
Payment & Merchandising Technologies 324.3 198.2 616.7 393.7
Aerospace & Electronics 187.2 171.1 357.5 334.5
Engineered Materials 62.6   69.4   132.3   144.3  
Total net sales $ 851.0   $ 702.5   $ 1,650.0   $ 1,375.9  
 
Operating profit (loss):
Fluid Handling $ 29.5 $ 29.1 $ 57.6 $ 53.4
Payment & Merchandising Technologies 46.1 41.9 82.6 80.3
Aerospace & Electronics 43.3 37.6 77.5 69.4
Engineered Materials 11.2 13.3 23.7 27.2
Corporate (17.1 ) (16.1 ) (34.1 ) (31.4 )
Total operating profit 113.0 105.8 207.3 199.0
 
Interest income 0.4 0.6 1.2 1.1
Interest expense (12.8 ) (9.0 ) (27.5 ) (18.0 )
Miscellaneous income 4.3   2.3   8.3   5.6  
Income before income taxes 104.9 99.7 189.3 187.7
Provision for income taxes 24.2   30.4   39.9   55.1  
Net income before allocation to noncontrolling interests 80.7 69.3 149.4 132.6
Less: Noncontrolling interest in subsidiaries' earnings   0.1     0.3  
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 80.7   $ 69.2   $ 149.4   $ 132.3  
 
Share Data:
Earnings per diluted share $ 1.32 $ 1.14 $ 2.45 $ 2.19
 
Average diluted shares outstanding 61.1 60.5 61.0 60.4
Average basic shares outstanding 59.7 59.5 59.7 59.4
 

Supplemental Data:

Cost of Sales $ 545.6 $ 444.3 $ 1,066.8 $ 873.8
Selling, General & Administrative 186.5 149.9 364.2 300.5
Acquisition related charges 4.1 2.6 9.2 2.6
Repositioning charges 1.7 2.5
Depreciation and Amortization * 28.4 18.1 56.3 35.5
Stock-Based Compensation Expense * 5.6 5.5 11.2 11.1
 
* Amount included within cost of sales and selling, general &
administrative costs.
 
     

CRANE CO.

Condensed Balance Sheets

(in millions)

 

    June 30,    

December 31,
2018 2017
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 318.2 $ 706.2
Accounts receivable, net 542.0 418.4
Current insurance receivable - asbestos 25.0 25.0
Inventories, net 411.5 349.3
Other current assets 77.1   19.6
Total current assets 1,373.8 1,518.5
 
Property, plant and equipment, net 581.6 282.4
Long-term insurance receivable - asbestos 79.1 90.1
Other assets 653.5 495.6
Goodwill 1,432.5   1,206.9
 
Total assets $ 4,120.5   $ 3,593.5
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Short-term borrowings and current maturities of long-term debt $ 171.4 $ 249.4
Accounts payable 274.6 247.4
Current asbestos liability 85.0 85.0
Accrued liabilities 328.0 252.1
Income taxes 2.3   3.6
Total current liabilities 861.3 837.5
 
Long-term debt 937.1 494.1
Long-term deferred tax liability 44.3 44.9
Long-term asbestos liability 474.4 520.3
Other liabilities 356.8 348.2
 
Total equity 1,446.6   1,348.5
 
Total liabilities and equity $ 4,120.5   $ 3,593.5
 
 

CRANE CO.

Condensed Statements of Cash Flows

(in millions)

   
Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,
2018   2017 2018   2017
Operating activities:
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 80.7 $ 69.2

$

149.4

$

132.3

Noncontrolling interest in subsidiaries' earnings       0.1         0.3  
Net income before allocations to noncontrolling interests 80.7 69.3 149.4 132.6
Depreciation and amortization 28.4 18.1 56.3 35.5
Stock-based compensation expense 5.6 5.5 11.2 11.1
Defined benefit plans and postretirement credit (3.8 ) (2.1 ) (7.7 ) (4.2 )
Deferred income taxes (1.7 ) 10.1 11.0 10.0
Cash used for operating working capital (16.3 ) (20.3 ) (45.8 ) (83.1 )
Defined benefit plans and postretirement contributions (12.0 ) (1.7 ) (16.5 ) (3.8 )
Environmental payments, net of reimbursements (1.9 ) (0.7 ) (4.2 ) (2.7 )
Other   10.3     2.2     12.6     3.2  
Subtotal 89.3 80.4 166.3 98.6
Asbestos related payments, net of insurance recoveries   (32.0 )   (13.5 )   (34.9 )   (28.2 )
Total provided by operating activities   57.3     66.9     131.4     70.4  
 
Investing activities:
Capital expenditures (16.5 ) (11.2 ) (44.0 ) (20.8 )
Proceeds from disposition of capital assets 0.2 0.5
Payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired       (54.1 )   (672.3 )   (54.1 )
Total used for investing activities   (16.3 )   (65.3 )   (715.8 )   (74.9 )
 
Financing activities:
Dividends paid (20.9 ) (19.7 ) (41.8 ) (39.3 )
Reacquisition of shares on open market (25.0 ) (25.0 )
Stock options exercised - net of shares reacquired 0.5 5.0 5.0 17.8
Debt issuance costs (5.4 )
Repayment of long-term debt (200.0 ) (450.0 )
Repayment of short-term debt (100.0 )
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt 550.0
Proceeds from issuance of short-term debt 100.0
Proceeds from issuance (repayment) of commercial paper   (101.3 )       171.4      

Total (used for) provided by financing activities

  (346.7 )   (14.7 )   204.2     (21.5 )
 
Effect of exchange rate on cash and cash equivalents   (18.4 )   17.6     (7.8 )   25.6  

(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(324.1 ) 4.5 (388.0 ) (0.4 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   642.3     504.8     706.2     509.7  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 318.2   $ 509.3   $ 318.2   $ 509.3  
 
 

CRANE CO.

Order Backlog

(in millions)

     

   June 30,   

  March 31,  

December 31, September 30,

   June 30,   

2018 2018 2017 2017 2017
Fluid Handling $ 291.6 $ 281.2 $ 262.1 $ 268.8 $ 258.9
Payment & Merchandising Technologies 350.5 * 301.0 * 76.4 87.6 87.0
Aerospace & Electronics 441.3 381.2 373.6 348.4 328.2
Engineered Materials 13.2   13.4   13.6   13.9   14.9
Total Backlog $

1,096.6

  $ 976.8   $ 725.7   $ 718.7   $ 689.0
 
* Includes $248.6 million as of June 30, 2018 and $211.2 million as
of March 31, 2018 of backlog pertaining to the Crane Currency
business acquired in January 2018.
 
 

CRANE CO.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(in millions, except per share data)

       
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,

Percent
Change
June 30,
2018

Percent
Change
June 30,
2018

2018   2017 2018   2017

Three
Months

Six
Months

INCOME ITEMS

Net sales $ 851.0 $ 702.5 $ 1,650.0 $ 1,375.9 21.1 % 19.9 %
 
Operating profit 113.0 105.8 207.3 199.0 6.9 % 4.2 %
Percentage of sales 13.3 % 15.1 % 12.6 % 14.5 %

Special items impacting operating profit:

Inventory step-up and backlog amortization 1.9 8.5
Acquisition related charges 4.1 2.6 9.2 2.6
Repositioning charges 1.7 2.5
Impact from change in accounting principle* 5.2   3.3   10.4   6.6  
Operating profit before special items $ 125.9   $ 111.6   $ 237.9   $ 208.2   12.9 % 14.3 %
Percentage of sales 14.8 % 15.9 % 14.4 % 15.1 %
 
Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 80.7 $ 69.2 $ 149.4 $ 132.3
Per share $ 1.32 $ 1.14 $ 2.45 $ 2.19 15.5 % 11.8 %
 

Special items impacting net income
attributable to common shareholders:

Inventory step-up and backlog amortization - net of tax 1.4 6.5
Per share $ 0.02 $ 0.11
 
Acquisition related charges - net of tax 2.9 1.9 6.9 1.9
Per share $ 0.05 $ 0.03 $ 0.11 $ 0.03
 
Repositioning charges - net of tax 1.3 1.9
Per share $ 0.02 $ 0.03
 
Incremental financing costs associated with acquisition - net of tax 0.7 2.1
Per share $ 0.01 $ 0.03
 
Impact of tax law change (0.8 ) (0.5 )
Per share $ (0.01 )   $ (0.01 )  
 
Net income attributable to common shareholders before special items $ 86.2 $ 71.1 $ 166.3 $ 134.2 21.2 % 23.9 %
Per diluted share $ 1.41 $ 1.17 $ 2.73 $ 2.22 20.1 % 22.7 %
 
 

Special items impacting provision for income
taxes

Provision for income taxes - GAAP Basis $ 24.2 $ 30.4 $ 39.9 $ 55.1
Tax effect of inventory step-up and backlog amortization 0.4 2.0
Tax effect of acquisition related charges 1.1 0.7 2.2 0.7
Tax effect of repositioning charges 0.4 0.6
Tax effect of incremental financing costs associated with acquisition 0.2 0.6
Impact of tax law change 0.8     0.5    
Provision for income taxes - non-GAAP basis $ 27.1   $ 31.1   $ 45.8   $ 55.8  
 
 

Segment Information:

For the three months ended June 30, 2018

Fluid
Handling

 

Payment &
Merchandising
Technologies

 

Aerospace
&
Electronics

 

Engineered
Materials

  Corporate  

Total
Company

Net sales

$ 276.9 $ 324.3 $ 187.2 $ 62.6 $ $ 850.9
 
Operating Profit - GAAP 29.5 46.1 43.3 11.2 (17.1 ) 112.9
Inventory step-up and backlog amortization 0.1 1.8 1.9
Acquisition related charges 4.1 4.1
Repositioning charges, net of gain on property sale 0.8 0.7 0.2 1.7
Impact from change in accounting principle* 3.6   0.7   0.2     0.7   5.2  
Operating Profit before Special Items 34.0 53.4 43.7 11.2 (16.4 ) 125.8
Percentage of Sales 12.3 % 16.5 % 23.3 %

17.9

% 14.8 %
 
 

Segment Information:

For the three months ended June 30, 2017

Fluid
Handling

Payment &
Merchandising
Technologies

Aerospace
&
Electronics

Engineered
Materials

Corporate

Total
Company

Net sales $ 263.8 $ 198.2 $ 171.1 $ 69.4 $ $ 702.5
 
Operating Profit - GAAP 29.1 41.9 37.6 13.3 (16.1 ) 105.8
Transaction related costs 2.0 0.6 2.6
Impact from change in accounting principle* 2.7   0.6   0.3     (0.3 ) 3.3  
Operating Profit before Special Items 33.8 43.1 38.0 13.3 (16.4 ) 111.6
Percentage of Sales 12.8 % 21.8 % 22.2 % 19.1 % 15.9 %
 

* Represents the impact from the change in presentation of net
periodic pension and postretirement benefit costs.

 
 

CRANE CO.

Guidance

(in millions, except per share data)

 
2018 Full Year Guidance
2018 earnings per share guidance Low   High
 
Earnings per share - GAAP basis $ 4.90 $ 5.10
Repositioning costs 0.15 0.15
Acquisition integration costs 0.55 0.55
Earnings per share - non-GAAP basis $ 5.60 $ 5.80
       
Three Months Ended
June 30,
Six Months Ended
June 30,
2018 Full Year Guidance
2018   2017 2018 2017 Low   High
 

Cash provided by operating activities

before asbestos-related payments

$ 89.3 $ 80.4 $ 166.3 $ 98.6 $ 435.0 $ 465.0
Asbestos-related payments, net of insurance recoveries (32.0 ) (13.5 ) (34.9 ) (28.2 ) (60.0 ) (60.0 )
Cash provided by operating activities 57.3 66.9 131.4 70.4 375.0 405.0
Less: capital expenditures (16.5 ) (11.2 ) (44.0 ) (20.8 ) (125.0 ) (125.0 )
Free cash flow $ 40.8   $ 55.7   $ 87.4   $ 49.6   $ 250.0   $ 280.0  
 
Certain non-GAAP measures have been provided to facilitate
comparison with the prior year.
 
The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S.
generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management
believes that non-GAAP financial measures which exclude certain
non-recurring items present additional useful comparisons between
current results and results in prior operating periods, providing
investors with a clearer view of the underlying trends of the
business. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in
making financial, operating, planning and compensation decisions and
in evaluating the Company's performance.
 
In addition, Free Cash Flow provides supplemental information to
assist management and investors in analyzing the Company's ability
to generate liquidity from its operating activities. The measure of
Free Cash Flow does not take into consideration certain other
non-discretionary cash requirements such as, for example, mandatory
principal payments on the Company's long-term debt. Non-GAAP
financial measures, which may be inconsistent with similarly
captioned measures presented by other companies, should be viewed in
addition to, and not as a substitute for, the Company's reported
results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

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