AMETEK Announces Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

AMETEK ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER 2016 RESULTS

BERWYN, PA, FEBRUARY 7, 2017 – AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE: AME) today announced its financial results for the three month and full year periods ended December 31, 2016.

AMETEK reported fourth quarter 2016 sales of $973.0 million, down 1.5% from last year’s fourth quarter.  On a GAAP basis, fourth quarter 2016 operating income was $173.2 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.47.  Excluding adjustments of $39.5 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, fourth quarter 2016 operating income was $212.7 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.58.  A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to adjusted results is included in the financial tables accompanying this release and on the AMETEK website.

“I am very pleased with our team’s performance during 2016 in what was a challenging global macro environment.  As we had anticipated, business conditions stabilized and we delivered solid results in the fourth quarter that were in-line with our expectations,” said David A. Zapico, AMETEK Chief Executive Officer.

“Cash flow was excellent in the quarter, with operating cash flow of $247 million, a 24% increase over the same period of 2015 and at a record level,” added Mr. Zapico.   

Electronic Instruments Group (EIG)
In the fourth quarter 2016, EIG sales decreased 2% to $616.0 million, compared with the fourth quarter of 2015.  On a GAAP basis, EIG operating income was $141.1 million in the 2016 fourth quarter.  Excluding fourth quarter 2016 adjustments, operating income was $162.6 million.

“EIG sales were positively impacted by the acquisitions of Brookfield, ESP/SurgeX, Nu Instruments, and HS Foils.  In addition, our Ultra Precision Technologies business had another solid quarter to complete an excellent year.  Although year-over-year sales across our oil and gas businesses were down, those businesses performed in-line with expectations,” commented Mr. Zapico. 

Electromechanical Group (EMG)
In the fourth quarter of 2016, EMG sales decreased 1% to $356.9 million, compared with the fourth quarter of 2015.  On a GAAP basis, fourth quarter 2016 EMG operating income was $46.7 million.  Excluding fourth quarter 2016 adjustments, EMG operating income was $63.0 million.

“Overall EMG sales were down slightly in the quarter driven by foreign currency headwinds, while organic sales were roughly flat versus the prior year.  Our Engineered Materials, Interconnects and Packaging businesses have stabilized as we had anticipated,” noted Mr. Zapico.

2017 Outlook 
“We are confident as we enter 2017 as we are well positioned to generate solid earnings growth.  Our most challenging end markets have stabilized.  We have taken realignment actions during the fourth quarter to better position our cost structure and we continue to see positive results from the implementation of our Four Growth Strategies,” commented Mr. Zapico.

“We anticipate 2017 sales to be up mid-single digits versus 2016, with organic sales up low-single digits.  We initiate our 2017 earnings guidance in the range of $2.34 to $2.46 per diluted share, up 2% to 7% percent, compared with 2016 adjusted earnings of $2.30 per diluted share,” he added.

“We expect first quarter 2017 sales to be roughly flat versus last year’s first quarter and estimate our earnings to be approximately $0.55 to $0.57 per diluted share,” concluded Mr. Zapico.

Conference Call
AMETEK will webcast its fourth quarter 2016 investor conference call on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, beginning at 8:30 AM ET.  The live audio webcast will be available at the Investors section of www.ametek.com and at www.streetevents.com.  The call also will be archived at the Investors section of www.ametek.com.

Corporate Profile
AMETEK is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of approximately $4.0 billion.  AMETEK's Corporate Growth Plan is based on Four Key Strategies: Operational Excellence, Strategic Acquisitions, Global & Market Expansion and New Products. AMETEK's objective is double-digit percentage growth in earnings per share over the business cycle and a superior return on total capital. The common stock of AMETEK is a component of the S&P 500 Index.  

Forward-looking Information
Statements in this news release relating to future events, such as AMETEK’s expected business and financial performance are "forward-looking statements."  Forward-looking statements are subject to various factors and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ significantly from expectations. These factors and uncertainties include AMETEK’s ability to consummate and successfully integrate future acquisitions; risks associated with international sales and operations; AMETEK’s ability to successfully develop new products, open new facilities or transfer product lines; the price and availability of raw materials; compliance with government regulations, including environmental regulations; changes in the competitive environment or the effects of competition in our markets; the ability to maintain adequate liquidity and financing sources; and general economic conditions affecting the industries we serve.  A detailed discussion of these and other factors that may affect our future results is contained in AMETEK’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent reports on Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.  AMETEK disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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