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Illinois Tool Works Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)

February 17, 2012 | About:

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2011-12-31.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. has a market cap of $26.92 billion; its shares were traded at around $56.43 with a P/E ratio of 14.8 and P/S ratio of 1.5. The dividend yield of Illinois Tool Works Inc. stocks is 2.6%. Illinois Tool Works Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 8.5% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Illinois Tool Works Inc. the business predictability rank of 2-star.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Revenues increased 15.4% in 2011 versus 2010 primarily due to higher base revenues, revenues from acquisitions, and the favorable effect of currency translation. Base revenues increased 7.5% in 2011 versus 2010 as worldwide economic conditions strengthened. However, European economic conditions slowed in the second half of the year. North American and international base revenues increased 9.0% and 5.7%, respectively, in 2011 versus 2010. Base revenues in Europe and China increased 5.6% and 14.2%, respectively, in 2011 versus 2010. End markets associated with welding, transportation and test and measurement businesses showed strength in 2011. In 2012, the company anticipates continued growth in North American and Asia Pacific markets with European markets expected to be relatively flat as compared to 2011.

Revenues increased 13.6% in 2010 versus 2009 primarily due to higher base revenues and revenues from acquisitions. Base revenues increased 10.1% in 2010 versus 2009 as the Company saw improvement in macroeconomic indices across many geographies as worldwide end markets began to recover from the global recession. North American and international base revenues increased 11.2% and 9.1%, respectively, in 2010 versus 2009. End markets associated with transportation, welding, industrial packaging, PC board fabrication and electronics showed improvement in 2010.

Operating income increased 63.0% in 2010 versus 2009 primarily due to the increase in base revenues, lower restructuring expenses, and 2009 goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges. Base margins increased 300 basis points primarily due to the positive leverage effect of the increase in base revenues. Additionally, benefits from restructuring projects were partially offset by unfavorable selling price versus material cost comparisons. Lower restructuring expenses in 2010 versus 2009 reflect the Companys 2009 efforts to reduce costs in response to weak economic conditions. In 2009, the Company recorded impairment charges of $90.0 million and $15.6 million against goodwill and intangibles, respectively, compared to $1.0 million in intangible asset impairment charges in 2010.

Revenues increased 23.2% in 2011 versus 2010 primarily due to the increase in base business, revenues from acquisitions and the favorable effect of currency translation. The increase in acquisition revenue was primarily due to the purchase of a North American automotive aftermarket business in the first quarter of 2011. Worldwide automotive base revenues increased 10.0%. International automotive base revenues increased 10.2% primarily due to growth in European auto builds of 5% and increased product penetration. Additionally, Asian automotive base revenues increased 20.8% primarily due to improved product penetration and higher auto builds in China and India of 2% and 10%, respectively. North American automotive base revenues increased 9.8% in 2011 versus 2010 primarily due to an increase in auto builds of 10%. The truck remanufacturing and related parts and service business increased 19.7% over the prior year due to increased demand in North America and Canada related to oil and gas exploration. Automotive aftermarket base business increased 4.5% over the prior year with growth in both transportation materials and consumer-based businesses.

Revenues increased 11.7% in 2011 versus 2010 primarily due to the favorable effect of currency translation, revenues from acquisitions and an increase in base revenues. European base revenues increased 6.9% due to improved conditions in commercial construction in the first half of the year; however, the rate of growth moderated in the second half of the year compared to early 2011. North American base revenues increased 2.3% primarily due to price increases implemented to offset higher steel prices, partially offset by the one-time licensing agreement settlement in the commercial construction business that positively impacted revenues in 2010. In North America, renovation base revenue growth was 5.5%, residential base revenue growth was 2.7% and commercial construction base revenue declined 3.0%. North American base revenue was impacted by 1% growth in remodeling expenditures, 3% annualized growth in U.S. housing starts as well as a 2% decline in commercial construction square footage activity. Base revenues for the Asia-Pacific region declined 1.8% as market conditions in the Australian residential construction market progressively softened throughout the year. Acquisition revenue was primarily the result of the purchase of a European retail distribution business in the second quarter of 2010 and a North American fastener business in the second quarter of 2011.

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