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Crane Co. Reports Fourth Quarter Results

January 27, 2014

Provides 2014 EPS Guidance of $4.55-$4.75, Excluding Special Items STAMFORD, Conn. --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Crane Co. (NYSE:CR), a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products, reported fourth quarter 2013 earnings of $0.84 per diluted share, compared to $0.79 per share in the fourth quarter of 2012. Fourth quarter 2013 results included after-tax transaction-related costs, net, of $11.9 million , or $0.20 per share, related to the recent acquisition of MEI Conlux Holdings . Fourth quarter 2012 results included after-tax charges of $3.9 million , or $0.07 per share, associated with transaction-related costs associated with the MEI acquisition, and $3.9 million , or $0.07 per share, of repositioning charges. Excluding Special Items in both years, fourth quarter 2013 earnings per diluted share increased 13% to $1.04 , compared to $0.92 in the fourth quarter of 2012. Fourth quarter 2013 earnings included $0.02 per share related to the operating results of MEI. (Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures table.) Fourth quarter 2013 sales of $681.4 million increased $51.7 million , or 8.2%, compared to $629.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, resulting from a core sales increase of $28.2 million (4.5%), sales from the MEI acquisition of $25.2 million (4.0%), and unfavorable foreign exchange of $1.7 million (0.3%). Operating profit in the fourth quarter increased 9.1% to $83.1 million , compared to $76.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Excluding Special Items, fourth quarter operating profit increased 15.8% to $97.9 million , compared to $84.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, and operating profit margin increased to 14.4%, compared to 13.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012. (Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures table.) Full Year 2013 Results Total sales in 2013 were $2.60 billion , an increase of 0.6% from $2.58 billion in 2012, reflecting $25.2 million (1.0%) from the acquisition of MEI, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency translation of $11.3 million (0.4%). Operating profit for the full year 2013 was $347.9 million , compared to $310.4 million in 2012. Excluding Special Items, 2013 operating profit increased 12.0% to $375.3 million , compared to $334.9 million in 2012, and operating profit margin increased to 14.5%, compared to 13.0% in 2012. Full year 2013 earnings per diluted share were $3.73 , compared to $3.72 per share in 2012. Excluding Special Items, 2013 earnings per diluted share increased 12.7% to $4.18 (including $0.02 per share from MEI), compared to $3.70 per share in 2012. (Please see the attached Non-GAAP Financial Measures table.) Order backlog was $762 million at December 31, 2013 (including $32 million related to MEI) compared to $749 million at December 31, 2012 . “We are pleased to report record full year EPS of $4.18 per share, excluding Special Items, which was in line with our most recent guidance” said Crane Co. chief executive officer, Eric C. Fast . “In spite of a difficult revenue environment, our adjusted full year operating margin was a record 14.5%, a substantial improvement over 13.0% in 2012 and 12.3% in 2011.” Max Mitchell , President and Chief Operating Officer said, “In 2014, we are expecting our fourth consecutive year of record earnings, continued margin expansion and strong free cash flow. We enter the year having completed the acquisition of MEI, a business with highly innovative, complementary products that further strengthens our portfolio. In addition to unlocking significant synergies, the integration brings together MEI with our legacy Crane Payment Solutions team to create Crane Payment Innovations, a business that delivers highly engineered solutions and unparalleled customer service across attractive end markets.” Cash Flow and Financial Position Cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $148.4 million , compared to $155.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Free cash flow (cash provided by operating activities less capital spending) for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $138.0 million , compared to $146.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2013 , cash provided by operating activities was $239.4 million , compared to $234.8 million in 2012. Free cash flow for the full year 2013 was $210 million , compared to $205 million in the prior year. The Company’s cash position was $270.6 million at December 31, 2013 , compared to $423.9 million at December 31, 2012 . The reduction in cash was driven by the acquisition of the outstanding equity interests of MEI Conlux Holding (U.S.), Inc. and its affiliate MEI Conlux Holdings (Japan), Inc. In connection with the acquisition, the Company issued $250 million of 2.750% Senior Notes due 2018 and $300 million of 4.450% Senior Notes due 2023. Segment Results All comparisons detailed in this section refer to operating results for the fourth quarter 2013 versus the fourth quarter 2012. Beginning in the first quarter 2013, the operating results of the former Controls segment have been included in the Fluid Handling segment. Prior period amounts have been restated for comparative purposes. Aerospace & Electronics Fourth Quarter Change (dollars in millions) 2013 2012 Sales $186.7 $176.1 $10.7 6.1% Operating Profit $44.7 $39.2 $5.5 14.1% Profit Margin 23.9% 22.3% Fourth quarter 2013 sales increased $10.7 million , or 6.1%, reflecting sales increases of $5.5 million (4.9%) in the Aerospace Group and $5.2 million (8.0%) in the Electronics Group . The Aerospace Group sales increase reflected stronger commercial OEM and aftermarket sales activity. The increase in Electronics Group sales was driven primarily by higher shipments of Power and Microwave products. Segment operating profit improved 14%, with improved operating profit and margin in both businesses. Aerospace & Electronics order backlog was $361 million at December 31, 2013 , compared to $378 million at December 31, 2012 . The decline in backlog reflects lower defense related orders. Engineered Materials Fourth Quarter Change (dollars in millions) 2013 2012 Sales $52.4 $46.9 $5.5 11.7% Operating Profit $5.8 $3.3 $2.5 73.7% Operating Profit, before Special Items* $5.8 $4.7 $1.1 24.3% Profit Margin 11.1% 7.1% Profit Margin, before Special Items* 11.1% 10.0% *Repositioning charges of $1.4 million in 2012 primarily associated with the closure of a manufacturing facility. Segment sales of $52.4 million were 11.7% higher than the fourth quarter of 2012, driven by higher sales to recreational vehicle equipment manufacturers. Excluding Special Items, operating profit increased 24% to $5.8 million , and margins increased from 10.0% to 11.1%, reflecting the impact of the higher sales. Merchandising Systems Fourth Quarter Change (dollars in millions) 2013 2012 Sales $122.6 $94.2 $28.5 30.3% Operating Profit $7.9 $10.4 ( $2.5 ) (24.2%) Operating Profit, before Special Items* $13.7 $11.8 $1.9 15.8% Profit Margin 6.5% 11.1% Proft Margin, before Special Items* 11.2% 12.6% * Excludes $1.4 million of repositioning charges in Q4'12 related to facility exit costs, and $5.8 million in Q4'13 primarily related to inventory and backlog step-up charges associated with the acquisition of MEI (please see Non-GAAP table for details). Merchandising Systems sales of $122.6 million increased $28.5 million , or 30%, driven by $25.2 million of sales related to the acquisition of MEI, coupled with higher sales from our Payment Solutions business. Vending Solutions sales were flat compared to last year. Excluding Special Items, operating profit increased in the quarter, reflecting strong performance in Payment Solutions and profit attributable to the acquisition of MEI, partially offset by lower operating profit in Vending Solutions. Fluid Handling Fourth Quarter Change (dollars in millions) 2013 2012 Sales $319.7 $312.6 $7.1 2.3% Operating Profit $48.2 $41.5 $6.6 16.0% Operating Profit, before Special Items* $48.2 $42.9 $5.3 12.3% Profit Margin 15.1% 13.3% Profit Margin, before Special Items* 15.1% 13.7% *Repositioning charges of $1.4 million in 2012 primarily associated with transferring certain European production to lower cost Company facilities. Fourth quarter 2013 sales increased $7.1 million , or 2.3%, which included a core sales increase of $8.4 million (2.7%), and unfavorable foreign exchange of $1.3 million (0.4%). The segment sales increase was primarily driven by higher sales for process valves, partially offset by lower commercial valve volume in Canada , reflecting soft commercial construction end markets in that region. Excluding Special Items, segment operating margin increased from 13.7% to 15.1%, reflecting strengthening volume, continued operational execution, productivity gains and savings associated with the repositioning actions taken in 2012. Fluid Handling order backlog was $334 million at December 31, 2013 , compared to $343 million at December 31, 2012 . The lower backlog is driven by the timing of nuclear project based services. 2014 Guidance Sales for 2014 are expected to be $3.0 billion , driven by a core sales increase of 1% - 3% and the impact of the MEI acquisition. Our 2014 earnings guidance is a range of $4.55 - $4.75 per diluted share, excluding Special Items as described below. This guidance reflects accretion of $0.20 per share contributed from the MEI acquisition (including $0.07 of synergies). On a comparable basis, 2013 earnings per share were $4.18 . In connection with the recent acquisition of MEI, the Company expects to incur transaction and integration related costs, and inventory step up and backlog amortization charges in a range of $18 to $21 million . In addition, as part of ongoing efforts to continue to drive margin expansion, the Company expects modest facility repositioning actions relating to consolidation of certain smaller manufacturing sites. Associated costs are expected to be in the range of $10 to $13 million and are expected to be partially offset by gains from sales of certain real estate. Savings associated with these actions will approximate $5 million in 2015 and $10 million on an annual basis beginning in 2016. Including the aforementioned Special Items, our 2014 earnings guidance on a GAAP basis is $4.28 - $4.48 per diluted share. (Please see non-GAAP table for details.) Full year 2014 free cash flow (cash provided by operating activities less capital spending) is expected to be in a range of $225 to $250 million . Segment-specific sales and operating profit guidance will be provided at the Company’s Investor Day conference on February 27, 2014 . Additional Information Please see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures table attached to this press release for supporting details. Additional information with respect to the Company’s asbestos liability and related accounting provisions and cash requirements is set forth in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with a copy of this press release. Conference Call Crane Co. has scheduled a conference call to discuss the fourth quarter financial results on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. (Eastern). All interested parties may listen to a live webcast of the call at http://www.craneco.com . An archived webcast will also be available to replay this conference call directly from the Company’s website. Crane Co. Investor Day The Company will hold its annual Investor Day conference on Thursday, February 27 , in New York City from 8:30 am to noon and will be available on the web at www.craneco.com . Crane Co. is a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products. Founded in 1855, Crane provides products and solutions to customers in the aerospace, electronics, hydrocarbon processing, petrochemical, chemical, power generation, automated merchandising, transportation and other markets. The Company has four business segments: Aerospace & Electronics, Engineered Materials, Merchandising Systems, and Fluid Handling. Crane has approximately 11,000 employees in North America , South America , Europe , Asia and Australia . Crane Co. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CR). For more information, visit www.craneco.com . This press release may contain forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements present management’s expectations, beliefs, plans and objectives regarding future financial performance, and assumptions or judgments concerning such performance. Any discussions contained in this press release, except to the extent that they contain historical facts, are forward-looking and accordingly involve estimates, assumptions, judgments and uncertainties. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those addressed in the forward-looking statements. Such factors are detailed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission . (Financial Tables Follow) CRANE CO. Income Statement Data (in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31 , December 31 , 2013 2012 2013 2012 Net Sales: Aerospace & Electronics $ 186,737 $ 176,081 $ 693,783 $ 701,208 Engineered Materials 52,365 46,900 232,298 216,503 Merchandising Systems 122,649 94,160 380,576 371,901 Fluid Handling 319,698 312,647 1,288,624 1,289,456 Total Net Sales $ 681,449 $ 629,788 $ 2,595,281 $ 2,579,068 Operating Profit (Loss) from Continuing Operations: Aerospace & Electronics $ 44,719 $ 39,181 $ 159,976 $ 156,015 Engineered Materials 5,809 3,344 34,347 24,522 Merchandising Systems 7,920 10,447 34,822 33,771 Fluid Handling 48,191 41,547 194,879 160,980 Corporate (23,518) (18,336) (76,148) (64,847) Total Operating Profit from Continuing Operations 83,121 76,183 347,876 310,441 Interest Income 379 587 1,867 1,879 Interest Expense (5,809) (6,717) (26,460) (26,831) Miscellaneous- Net 2,903 (181) 2,733 (884) Income from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes 80,594 69,872 326,016 284,605 Provision for Income Taxes 30,482 23,901 105,065 88,416 Income from Continuing Operations 50,112 45,971 220,951 196,189 Profit from Discontinued Operations attributable to common shareholders - - - 3,777 Gain from Sales of Discontinued Operations attributable to common shareholders - - - 29,445 Profit from Discontinued Operations attributable to common shareholders, net of tax - - - 2,456 Gain from Sales of Discontinued Operations attributable to common shareholders, net of tax - - - 19,176 Gain / Profit from Discontinued Operations, net of tax - - - 21,632 Net income before allocation to noncontrolling interests 50,112 45,971 220,951 217,821 Less: Noncontrolling interest in subsidiaries' earnings 406 327 1,449 828 Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 49,706 $ 45,644 $ 219,502 $ 216,993 Share Data: Earnings per share from Continuing Operations $ 0.84 $ 0.79 $ 3.73 $ 3.35 Earnings per share from Discontinued Operations - - - 0.37 Earnings per Diluted Share (a) $ 0.84 $ 0.79 $ 3.73 $ 3.72 Average Diluted Shares Outstanding 59,156 57,783 58,839 58,293 Average Basic Shares Outstanding 58,161 57,008 57,896 57,443 Supplemental Data: Cost of Sales $ 454,598 $ 417,569 $ 1,711,759 $ 1,708,240 Selling, General & Administrative 143,730 131,505 535,646 539,755 Repositioning Charges - 4,531 - 20,632 Depreciation and Amortization * 16,678 14,141 54,837 57,263 Stock-Based Compensation Expense 6,492 4,459 22,791 17,319 * Amount included within cost of sales and selling, general & administrative costs. (a) Earnings per share amounts may not add due to rounding CRANE CO. Condensed Balance Sheets (in thousands) December 31 , December 31 , 2013 2012 ASSETS Current Assets Cash and Cash Equivalents $ 270,643 $ 423,947 Accounts Receivable, net 437,541 333,330 Current Insurance Receivable - Asbestos 22,783 33,722 Inventories, net 368,886 352,725 Other Current Assets 30,295 36,797 Total Current Assets 1,130,148 1,180,521 Property, Plant and Equipment, net 305,055 268,283 Long-Term Insurance Receivable - Asbestos 148,222 171,752 Other Assets 692,345 455,530 Goodwill 1,279,689 813,792 Total Assets $ 3,555,459 $ 2,889,878 LIABILITIES AND EQUITY Current Liabilities Notes Payable and Current Maturities of Long-Term Debt $ 125,826 $ 1,123 Accounts Payable 229,829 182,731 Current Asbestos Liability 88,038 91,670 Accrued Liabilities 223,172 220,678 Income Taxes 2,062 15,686 Total Current Liabilities 668,927 511,888 Long-Term Debt 744,693 399,092 Long-Term Deferred Tax Liability 76,347 36,853 Long-Term Asbestos Liability 610,530 704,195 Other Liabilities 238,289 310,474 Total Equity 1,216,673 927,376 Total Liabilities and Equity $ 3,555,459 $ 2,889,878 CRANE CO. Condensed Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31 , December 31 , 2013 2012 2013 2012 Operating Activities: Net income attributable to common shareholders $ 49,706 $ 45,644 $ 219,502 $ 216,993 Noncontrolling interest in subsidiaries' earnings 406 327 1,449 828 Net income before allocations to noncontrolling interests 50,112 45,971 220,951 217,821 Gain on divestiture (2,727 ) - (2,727 ) (29,445 ) Restructuring - Non Cash - 1,078 - 3,855 Depreciation and amortization 16,678 14,141 54,837 57,263 Stock-based compensation expense 6,492 4,459 22,791 17,319 Defined benefit plans and postretirement expense 1,240 5,321 4,779 20,090 Deferred income taxes 37,556 30,583 55,680 55,000 Cash provided by (used for) operating working capital 66,850 81,146 (21,958 ) 1,824 Defined benefit plans and postretirement contributions (2,744 ) (1,041 ) (15,929 ) (5,504 ) Environmental payments, net of reimbursements (4,201 ) (2,115 ) (15,403 ) (13,371 ) Other (6,311 ) (6,134 ) (763 ) (12,139 ) Subtotal 162,945 173,409 302,258 312,713 Asbestos related payments, net of insurance recoveries (14,513 ) (17,906 ) (62,827 ) (77,957 ) Total provided by operating activities 148,432 155,503 239,431 234,756 Investing Activities: Capital expenditures (10,444 ) (9,364 ) (29,460 ) (29,308 ) Proceeds from disposition of capital assets 83 4,184 455 6,438 Payment for acquisition, net of cash acquired (801,781 ) - (801,781 ) - Proceeds from divestiture 6,836 480 6,836 54,079 Total (used for) provided by investing activities (805,306 ) (4,700 ) (823,950 ) 31,209 Financing Activities: Dividends paid (17,494 ) (15,976 ) (67,272 ) (61,974 ) Reacquisition of shares on open market - - - (49,991 ) Stock options exercised - net of shares reacquired 839 4,630 24,922 13,056 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 566 370 6,353 3,603 Change in short-term debt 1,482 - 124,679 - New Debt 543,994 - 543,994 - Repayment of long-term debt - - (200,000 ) - Total provided by (used for) financing activities 529,387 (10,976 ) 432,676 (95,306 ) Effect of exchange rate on cash and cash equivalents (5,274 ) 3,584 (1,461 ) 8,199 Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (132,761 ) 143,411 (153,304 ) 178,858 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 403,404 280,536 423,947 245,089 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 270,643 $ 423,947 $ 270,643 $ 423,947 CRANE CO. Order Backlog (in thousands) December 31 , September 30 , June 30, March 31, December 31 , 2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 Aerospace & Electronics $ 361,323 $ 381,830 $ 403,400 $ 397,518 $ 378,152 Engineered Materials 14,661 12,572 14,122 16,138 12,689 Merchandising Systems 51,888 * 23,901 25,641 21,399 14,686 Fluid Handling 333,860 355,192 349,545 365,231 343,370 Total Backlog $ 761,732 $ 773,495 $ 792,708 $ 800,286 $ 748,897 * Includes 31.9 million of backlog pertaining to the MEI/Conlux business acquired in December 2013 . CRANE CO. Non-GAAP Financial Measures (in thousands) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended Percent Change Percent Change December 31 , December 31 , December 31, 2013 December 31, 2013 2013 2012 2013 2012 Three Months Twelve Months INCOME ITEMS Net Sales $ 681,449 $ 629,788 $ 2,595,281 $ 2,579,068 8.2 % 0.6 % Operating Profit from Continuing Operations 83,121 76,183 347,876 310,441 9.1 % 12.1 % Percentage of Sales 12.2 % 12.1 % 13.4 % 12.0 % Special Items impacting Operating Profit from Continuing Operations: Acquisition Transaction Costs (a) 10,170 3,874 22,765 3,874 Acquisition related inventory and backlog amortization (b) 4,654 4,654 Repositioning Charges (c) 4,531 20,632 Operating Profit from Continuing Operations before Special Items $ 97,945 $ 84,588 $ 375,295 $ 334,947 15.8 % 12.0 % Percentage of Sales 14.4 % 13.4 % 14.5 % 13.0 % Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders $ 49,706 $ 45,644 $ 219,502 $ 216,993 Per Share $ 0.84 $ 0.79 $ 3.73 $ 3.72 6.4 % 0.2 % Special Items impacting Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders: Acquisition Transaction Costs - Net of Tax (a) 9,837 $ 3,874 22,432 $ 3,874 Per Share 0.17 0.07 0.38 0.07 Acquisition related inventory and backlog amortization - Net of Tax (b) 2,839 2,839 Per Share 0.05 0.05 Repositioning Charges - Net of Tax (c) 3,896 16,724 Per Share 0.07 0.29 Withholding taxes related to acquisition funding (d) 1,192 2,892 Per Share 0.02 0.05 Acquisition remedy related gain on sale of product line - Net of Tax (e) (2,006 ) (2,006 ) Per Share (0.03 ) (0.03 ) Gain on Divestitures - Net of Tax (f) (19,176 ) Per Share (0.33 ) Net Income Attributable To Common Shareholders Before Special Items $ 61,568 $ 53,414 $ 245,659 $ 218,416 15.3 % 12.5 % Per Share $ 1.04 $ 0.92 $ 4.18 $ 3.75 12.6 % 11.4 % Profit from Discontinued Operations attributable to common shareholders, net of tax - - - (2,456 ) Per Share $ (0.04 ) Net Income Attributable To Common Shareholders Before Special Items from Continuing Operations $ 61,568 $ 53,414 $ 245,659 $ 215,960 Per Share $ 1.04 $ 0.92 $ 4.18 $ 3.70 12.6 % 12.7 % Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31 , December 31 , 2013 2012 2013 2012 Adjusted EBITDA Schedule (Non-GAAP) Net Income Attributable To Common Shareholders Before Special Items from Continuing Operations $ 61,568 $ 53,414 $ 245,659 $ 218,416 Interest, Net 5,430 6,130 24,593 24,952 Provision for Income Taxes 30,717 23,901 103,600 88,416 Depreciation and Amortization 16,678 14,141 54,837 57,263 Stock Based Compensation 6,492 4,459 22,791 17,319 Adjusted EBITDA from Continuing Operations (Non-GAAP) $ 120,885 $ 102,045 $ 451,480 $ 406,366 18.5 % 11.1 % (a) During the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013 , the Company recorded transaction costs associated with the potential acquisition of MEI/Conlux. (b) During the three months ended December 31, 2013 , the Company recorded inventory step-up and backlog amortization relating to the acquisition of MEI/Conlux. (c) The Company incurred repositioning charges in the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2012 , associated with productivity actions. The charges included severance and impairment costs related to the shutdown of certain facilities, the transfer of certain manufacturing operations, and staff reduction actions. (d) In the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2013 , the Company incurred withholding taxes related to cash marshaling activities supporting the acquisition of MEI/Conlux. (e) In December 2013 , the Company divested a product line within the Merchandising Systems segment pertaining to the execution of remedies associated with the MEI/Conlux acquisition. (f) In June 2012 , the Company divested a business within the Fluid Handling segment and a business within the Controls segment. The associated gains were included in the “Gain from Sale of Discontinued Operations attributable to common shareholders, net of tax" section on the accompanying Income Statement Data. 2014 Full Year Guidance 2014 Earnings Per Share Guidance Low High Earnings Per Share - GAAP basis $ 4.28 $ 4.48 Acquisition integration costs, inventory step-up and backlog amortization - Net of Tax(g) 0.22 0.22 Anticipated facility repositioning actions, net of real estate divestiture gains - Net of Tax (h) 0.05 0.05 Earnings Per Share - Non-GAAP basis $ 4.55 $ 4.75 (g) In connection with the MEI/Conlux acquisition, the Company expects to incur transaction and integration related costs, and inventory step up and backlog amortization charges in a range of $18 million to $21 million . The $0.22 represents the estimated Earnings Per Share impact for the mid-point of the $18 million to $21 million range. (h) In 2014, the Company expects to incur costs associated with facility repositioning actions related to the consolidation of certain smaller manufacturing sites and expects to record gains from the sale of certain Company owned real estate. Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31 , December 31 , 2013 2012 2013 2012 CASH FLOW ITEMS Cash Provided from Operating Activities before Asbestos - Related Payments $ 162,945 $ 173,409 $ 302,258 $ 312,713 Asbestos Related Payments, Net of Insurance Recoveries (14,513 ) (17,906 ) (62,827 ) (77,957 ) Cash Provided from Operating Activities 148,432 155,503 239,431 234,756 Less: Capital Expenditures (10,444 ) (9,364 ) (29,460 ) (29,308 ) Free Cash Flow $ 137,988 $ 146,139 $ 209,971 $ 205,448 Certain non-GAAP measures have been provided to facilitate comparison with the prior year. The Company reports its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). However, management believes that non-GAAP financial measures which exclude certain non-recurring items present additional useful comparisons between current results and results in prior operating periods, providing investors with a clearer view of the underlying trends of the business. Management also uses these non-GAAP financial measures in making financial, operating, planning and compensation decisions and in evaluating the Company's performance. The Company's definition of Adjusted EBITDA (Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) is net income before special items plus an add-back for net interest, provision for income taxes, depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Management believes that this measure is meaningful to investors because Adjusted EBITDA provides additional information with respect to the Company’s operating performance. In addition, Free Cash Flow provides supplemental information to assist management and investors in analyzing the Company’s ability to generate liquidity from its operating activities. The measure of Free Cash Flow does not take into consideration certain other non-discretionary cash requirements such as, for example, mandatory principal payments on the Company's long-term debt. Non-GAAP financial measures, which may be inconsistent with similarly captioned measures presented by other companies, should be viewed in addition to, and not as a substitute for, the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Crane Co. Richard E. Koch , 203-363-7352 Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications www.craneco.com Source: Crane Co.


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