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Rockwell Automation Inc. Common Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

February 08, 2012 | About:
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Rockwell Automation Inc. Common (ROK) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Rockwell Automation Corp. has a market cap of $11.58 billion; its shares were traded at around $81.34 with a P/E ratio of 16.2 and P/S ratio of 1.9. The dividend yield of Rockwell Automation Corp. stocks is 2.1%. Rockwell Automation Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 12.3% over the past 10 years.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Architecture & Software sales increased 6 percent to $650.5 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to $613.9 million in the first quarter of 2011. Organic sales increased 7 percent as currency translation had a negative effect of 1 percentage point. United States, Canada and Asia-Pacific year-over-year sales increases were greater than the segment average rate of increase. Year-over-year sales increases in EMEA and Latin America were less than the segment average rate of increase. Logix sales increased 10 percent in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011.

Architecture & Software segment operating earnings were $186.3 million in the first quarter of 2012, up 22 percent from $153.1 million in the same quarter of 2011. Operating margin increased 3.7 points to 28.6 percent in the first quarter of 2012 as compared to the first quarter of 2011. The increase was primarily due to volume leverage. Price, currency and lower performance-based compensation expense also made a positive contribution. These positive factors were partially offset by increased spending to support growth.

Control Products & Solutions segment operating earnings were $97.5 million in the first quarter of 2012, up 42 percent from $68.9 million in the same quarter of 2011. Operating margin increased by 2.6 points to 11.8 percent in the first quarter of 2012 as compared to 9.2 percent the first quarter of 2011. The increase was primarily due to volume leverage. Price and lower performance-based compensation expense also made a positive contribution. These positive factors were partially offset by increased spending to support growth.

Free cash flow was a use of $210.8 million for the first quarter of 2012 compared to a source of $4.4 million for the first quarter of 2011. This decrease in free cash flow is primarily due to a $300 million discretionary pre-tax contribution to our U.S. qualified pension trust, partially offset by improvements in current year earnings. Additionally, in the prior year there were working capital increases largely attributable to significant increases in receivables.

We translate sales of subsidiaries operating outside of the United States using exchange rates effective during the respective period. Therefore, changes in currency exchange rates affect our reported sales. Sales by businesses we acquired also affect our reported sales. We believe that organic sales, defined as sales excluding the effects of changes in currency exchange rates and acquisitions, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, provides useful information to investors because it reflects regional performance from the activities of our businesses without the effect of changes in currency exchange rates and acquisitions. We use organic sales as one measure to monitor and evaluate our regional performance. We determine the effect of changes in currency exchange rates by translating the respective periods sales using the same currency exchange rates that were in effect during the prior year. We determine the effect of acquisitions by excluding sales in the current period for which there are no sales in the comparable prior period. Organic sales growth is calculated by comparing organic sales to reported sales in the prior year. We attribute sales to the geographic regions based on the country of destination.

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