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Hubbell Reports First Quarter Results: Net Sales of $759.5 Million and Earnings Per Diluted Share of $1.08

April 22, 2014 - London

SHELTON, CT.(April 22, 2014) - Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE:  HUBA, HUBB) today reported operating results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Net sales in the first quarter of 2014 were $759.5 million, an increase of 3% compared to the $740.1 million reported in the first quarter of 2013.Operating income was $104.8 million, or 13.8% of net sales, compared to $97.7 million, or 13.2% of net sales, for the comparable period of 2013.  The effective tax rate in the first quarter of 2014 was 32.0%. This compares to an effective tax rate of 26.8% reported in the first quarter of 2013, which included the retroactive application of the U.S. Federal R&D tax credit that was part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.Net income in the first quarter of 2014 was $64.2 million, a decrease of 3% compared to the $65.9 million reported in the first quarter of 2013. Earnings per diluted share were $1.08, a decrease of 2% compared to the $1.10 reported in the first quarter of 2013.Free cash flow (defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures) was $30.7 million in the first quarter of 2014 versus $29.7 million reported in the comparable period of 2013.


David G. Nord, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The first quarter results were generally in line with our expectations given the adverse weather conditions that hampered much of the U.S. during January and February. However, we were encouraged by the incoming order rates for March, which did improve significantly but were not enough to offset the weakness experienced in the first two months. Despite these headwinds, the organization remained focused on the things that we can control including executing our productivity programs and carefully managing costs. These efforts resulted in Hubbell expanding its operating margins by 60 basis points compared to last year despite flat organic sales. We have also continued to focus on executing our growth strategy and I am pleased to report that we completed two acquisitions in April, one in Lighting and the other in our Power business. The lighting acquisition increases the strength of our overall lighting offering in key vertical markets including education and healthcare. The power acquisition, while relatively small, is a natural extension of our existing product lines in bushings and switching. These deals will add approximately $45 million in annual revenues and reflect our ongoing commitment to growing the enterprise."   


The comments and year-over-year comparisons in this segment review are based on first quarter results in 2014 and 2013.

Electrical segment net sales in the first quarter of 2014 increased 5% to $538.8 million compared to $515.3 million reported in the first quarter of 2013.  Acquisitions added 4% to sales in the quarter while organic volume was essentially flat as severe weather conditions in January and February negatively impacted demand.  Compared to the first quarter of 2013, operating income increased 11% to $68.1 million. Operating margin in the first quarter of 2014 was 12.6%, compared to 12.0% reported in the comparable period of 2013. The increase in operating income and margin was primarily due to the benefit of productivity and pricing in excess of all cost increases.      

Hubbell's Power segment net sales in the first quarter of 2014 were $220.7 million compared to $224.8 million reported in the first quarter of 2013.  The sales decline was primarily due to weaker demand for construction related products that were impacted by unfavorable weather conditions while spending for distribution and transmission was relatively flat. The decline in organic volume was partially offset by acquisitions which contributed 2% to sales in the quarter. Compared to the first quarter of 2013, operating income increased 2% to $36.7 million.  Operating margin in the first quarter of 2014 was 16.6%, compared to 16.1% reported in the comparable period of 2013. The increase in operating margin was primarily due to productivity improvements and lower facility consolidation costs, partially offset by unfavorable pricing and material costs.  


Mr. Nord commented, "Looking to our full year outlook for 2014, we expect overall sales to increase in the 5 to 6% range with completed acquisitions contributing between 3 and 4% of the growth. Despite the lower than anticipated demand to start the year, the relative strength of our March orders gives us cautious optimism about the remainder of the year. We also plan to expand our operating margins by approximately 20 to 30 basis points by remaining focused on executing our productivity and pricing plans to offset all cost increases, which should enable the higher organic volume to drive our margin improvement."

Mr. Nord concluded, I am confident that we have the people and strategies in place to deliver another strong financial performance in 2014. We are also highly engaged and focused on growing the enterprise. Over the past several years we have increased our investment in resources to support our growth objectives. These investments are beginning to yield results as evidenced by the five acquisitions completed in the first four months of this year. Our balance sheet remains in a strong position to pursue acquisitions and continue to enhance shareholder value."

Certain statements contained herein may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements about capital resources, performance and results of operations and are based on the Company's reasonable current expectations.In addition, all statements regarding anticipated growth or improvement in operating results, anticipated market conditions, and economic recovery are forward-looking. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases such as "improved", "leading", "improving", "continuing growth", "continued", "ranging", "contributing", "primarily", "plan", "expect", "anticipated", "expected", "expectations," "should result", "uncertain", "goals", "projected", "on track", "likely", "intend" and others. Such forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual and future performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: achieving sales levels to fulfill revenue expectations; unexpected costs or charges, certain of which may be outside the control of the Company; expected benefits of process improvement and other lean initiatives; the expected benefit and effect of the business information system initiatives and streamlining programs; the availability and costs of raw materials and purchased components; realization of price increases; the ability to achieve projected levels of efficiencies and cost reduction measures; general economic and business conditions; competition; and other factors described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the "Business", "Risk Factors", and "Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk" Sections in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Hubbell Incorporated is an international manufacturer of quality electrical and electronic products for a broad range of non-residential and residential construction, industrial and utility applications.With 2013 revenues of $3.2 billion, Hubbell Incorporated operates manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Mexico, the People's Republic of China ("China"), Italy, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia.Hubbell also participates in joint ventures in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and maintains sales offices in Singapore, China, India, Mexico, South Korea and countries in the Middle East.The corporate headquarters is located in Shelton, CT.


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income
(in millions, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31
2014  2013 
Net sales $  759.5  $  740.1 
Cost of goods sold  514.5   503.8 
Gross profit  245.0   236.3 
Selling & administrative expenses  140.2   138.6 
Operating income  104.8   97.7 
Operating income as a % of Net sales 13.8% 13.2%
Interest expense, net  (7.5)  (7.3)
Other (expense) income, net  (1.2)  0.8 
Total other expense, net  (8.7)  (6.5)
Income before income taxes  96.1   91.2 
Provision for income taxes  30.8   24.4 
Net income  65.3   66.8 
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest  1.1   0.9 
Net income attributable to Hubbell $  64.2  $  65.9 
Earnings Per Share:
Basic $ 1.08  $  1.11 
Diluted $ 1.08  $  1.10 
Cash dividends per common share $ 0.50  $  0.45 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet
(in millions)
March 31, 2014 December 31, 2013
Cash and cash equivalents $  647.3  $  740.7 
Short-term investments  7.8   10.1 
Accounts receivable, net  468.3   440.9 
Inventories, net  418.1   385.7 
Deferred taxes and other  58.8   55.0 
 TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS  1,600.3   1,632.4 
Property, plant and equipment, net  385.8   377.1 
Investments  38.3   35.8 
Goodwill  850.4   800.4 
Intangible assets, net  312.6   286.6 
Other long-term assets  56.2   54.9 
 TOTAL ASSETS $  3,243.6  $  3,187.2 
Short-term debt $  0.9  $  0.3 
Accounts payable  252.5   225.9 
Accrued salaries, wages and employee benefits  51.6   74.7 
Accrued insurance  49.4   41.8 
Other accrued liabilities  117.2   124.3 
Long-term debt  597.3   597.2 
Other non-current liabilities  230.3   208.2 
 TOTAL LIABILITIES  1,299.2   1,272.4 
Hubbell Shareholders' Equity  1,935.3   1,906.4 
Noncontrolling interest  9.1   8.4 
 TOTAL EQUITY  1,944.4   1,914.8 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $  3,243.6  $  3,187.2 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
(in millions)
Three Months Ended March 31
2014  2013 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities
 Net income attributable to Hubbell $  64.2  $  65.9 
 Depreciation and amortization  18.9   17.2 
 Stock-based compensation expense  3.4   3.0 
 Deferred income taxes  6.0   4.3 
 Changes in working capital  (47.6)  (47.9)
 Contributions to defined benefit pension plans  (1.0)  (0.7)
 Other, net  (0.5)  0.9 
      Net cash provided by operating activities  43.4   42.7 
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
 Capital expenditures  (12.7)  (13.0)
 Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired  (90.9)  (37.5)
 Net change in investments  0.6   (5.5)
 Other, net  -     0.2 
      Net cash used in investing activities  (103.0)  (55.8)
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
 Short-term debt borrowings (repayments)  0.6   -   
 Payment of dividends  (29.6)  (26.7)
 Repurchase of common shares  (11.5)  -   
 Proceeds from exercise of stock options  0.5   0.8 
 Other, net  4.4   4.2 
      Net cash used in financing activities  (35.6)  (21.7)
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents  1.8   (4.0)
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents  (93.4)  (38.8)
Cash and cash equivalents
  Beginning of period  740.7   645.0 
  End of period $  647.3  $  606.2 

Segment Information
(in millions)
Three Months Ended March 31
2014  2013 
Net Sales
   Electrical $  538.8  $  515.3 
   Power  220.7   224.8 
        Total Net Sales $  759.5  $  740.1 
Operating Income
   Electrical $  68.1  $  61.6 
   Power  36.7   36.1 
        Total Operating Income $  104.8  $  97.7 
Operating Income as a % of Net Sales
   Electrical 12.6% 12.0%
   Power 16.6% 16.1%
        Total 13.8% 13.2%

Earnings Per Share Calculation
(in millions, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended
March 31
2014  2013 
Net income attributable to Hubbell $ 64.2  $ 65.9 
Less: Earnings allocated to participating securities  0.2 


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