UTC Reports Third Quarter EPS Growth of 13 Percent on 9 Percent Higher Sales; Increases 2011 EPS Outlook — Press Release

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October 19, 2011

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UTC Reports Third Quarter EPS Growth of 13 Percent on 9 Percent Higher Sales; Increases 2011 EPS Outlook

HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) today reported third quarter 2011 earnings per share of $1.47 and net income attributable to common shareowners of $1.3 billion, up 13 percent and 11 percent, respectively, over the year ago quarter. Sales of $14.8 billion for the quarter were 9 percent above prior year including 6 points of organic growth and 4 points of favorable foreign currency translation. Cash flow from operations was $2.0 billion and capital expenditures were $215 million in the quarter.

Results for the quarter included $0.06 per share of restructuring charges, partially offset by $0.04 of net one-time items. The prior year quarter included charges for restructuring and net one-time items of $0.09 per share. Before these items, earnings per share increased $0.10 or 7 percent year over year. Foreign currency translation net of currency impact at Pratt & Whitney Canada accounted for $0.04 of the earnings per share increase.

Third quarter segment operating margin was 16.0 percent. Adjusted for restructuring costs and one-time items, segment operating margin at 16.3 percent was 10 basis points lower than prior year. Research and development costs increased year over year by $62 million to $495 million.

“This was another solid quarter for UTC, with continued organic sales growth across all six of our businesses,” said Louis Chenevert, UTC Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “Cash generation was also strong and we now expect cash flow from operations less capital expenditures to exceed net income attributable to common shareowners for the full year.

“Based on the strong year to date performance, we are raising the full year earnings per share expectation to $5.47, up from $5.35 to $5.45 previously, and up 15 percent over 2010. We continue to expect sales of $58 billion, up nearly 7 percent over 2010,” Chenevert added.

New equipment orders at Otis were up 19 percent over the year ago third quarter including favorable foreign exchange of 7 percentage points. Commercial HVAC new equipment orders at Carrier grew 11 percent including favorable foreign exchange of 4 points. Commercial spares orders at Hamilton Sundstrand were up 24 percent and at Pratt & Whitney’s large engine business grew 3 percent, after growing 35 percent in the year ago third quarter.

“We announced two transformational deals recently,” Chenevert continued. “The acquisition of Goodrich will bring complementary products of two great companies together to offer more intelligent and more integrated systems for our aerospace customers. The agreement with Rolls Royce to restructure IAE ownership and to partner on next generation mid-size aircraft engines further validates the game changing Geared Turbofan™ technology. Both transactions will yield significant value to our customers and shareholders.”

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. Additional information, including a webcast, is available on the Internet at http://www.utc.com.

The accompanying tables include information integral to assessing the company’s financial position, operating performance, and cash flow, including a reconciliation of differences between non-GAAP measures used in this release and the comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.

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