Honeywell (NYSE: HON) reported financial results for the second quarter of 2020. The company reported EPS of USD 1.53, including an adjusted EPS of USD 1.26 on USD 1.5 Billion of operating cash flow. Honeywell delivered USD 500 Million of cost savings and funded over USD 250 Million of repositioning to drive increased savings in second half and 2021.
“The second quarter was a challenging one, but we executed on the three things that will enable us to weather this downturn: aggressively managing cost, driving sales growth where demand is strong, and investing in exciting new technologies that, through careful attention to customer and end-user needs, will help keep people safe when they get back to the workplace, back to play, back to travel, and back to life,” said Darius Adamczyk, chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell.
“In terms of cost management, we delivered $500 million in savings from the first phase of cost actions we announced earlier this year, and we funded over $250 million of repositioning in the quarter. In addition, we developed a second phase of cost actions that, when combined with our previously announced plan, will generate $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion of cost savings during 2020. We further enhanced our financial flexibility this quarter by issuing $3 billion of bonds at attractive rates, reducing our term loan from $6 billion to $3 billion, and fully drawing the remaining balance. We ended the quarter with $15.1 billion of cash and short-term investments on hand and an overfunded pension plan,” Adamczyk said.
“We also remain focused on driving sales growth in areas that have not been as impacted by the current downturn. In the second quarter, our businesses serving the defense, warehouse automation, and personal protective equipment industries exhibited outstanding performance. Orders for Intelligrated were $1.2 billion in the quarter, up triple-digits year-over-year, positioning the business for continued growth. We committed approximately $250 million of incremental growth capital expenditures compared to our previous allocated budget for new projects to accelerate our investments in personal protective equipment, Intelligrated, and other growth areas,” Adamczyk continued. “With an exceptional, diverse portfolio of technologies that improve safety and help our customers to be more efficient, Honeywell is uniquely equipped to support our customers in the post-COVID world. We are actively investing in and introducing new solutions, such as an efficient and effective ultraviolet light cleaner for aircraft, temperature and PPE compliance monitoring solutions, technologies that can help building owners comply with new hygiene and social distancing policies, and a new pharmaceutical packaging system for bottles and vials that preserves shelf-life and drug efficacy.
“Our focus on sales, cost, and optimizing working capital, combined with our diverse portfolio and strong balance sheet, will enable Honeywell to adapt to and execute through the downturn. I am confident we will emerge well-positioned for the economic recovery to come,” concluded Adamczyk.