By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Dover (NYSE: DOV) announced that for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014, revenue was $1.9 billion, an increase of 7% over the prior year. The revenue increase was driven by organic growth of 4% and an increase of 3% from acquisitions. Earnings from continuing operations were $176.3 million, or $1.02 diluted earnings per share ("EPS"), compared to $167.2 million, or $0.95 EPS, in the prior year period, representing increases of 5% and 7%, respectively. EPS from continuing operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 include discrete tax benefits of $0.01 and $0.02 EPS, respectively. Excluding these items, adjusted EPS from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2014 was $1.01, reflecting an increase of 9% over an adjusted EPS of $0.93 in the prior year period.
Commenting on the first quarter results, Dover's President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert A. Livingston, said, "Our strong first quarter results were highlighted by solid revenue growth, broad-based bookings growth, and building momentum as we moved through the quarter. Revenue growth was led by Fluids and Engineered Systems, along with solid growth in Energy. Our book-to-bill of 1.09 was driven by strong order activity at Refrigeration & Food Equipment, Fluids and Engineered Systems. The combination of a strong first quarter, growing bookings and backlog, and our positioning with customers give me great confidence that Dover will have an outstanding year."
"In addition to our strong results, we also completed several important initiatives in the first quarter. We successfully spun off Knowles, completed our $1 billion share repurchase program, and realigned our businesses into a new segment structure organized around our key end-markets to better focus on growth strategies. Our new structure will also provide greater opportunities to leverage scale and capitalize on productivity initiatives."
"Looking forward, our view of 2014 remains unchanged. We continue to expect full year organic revenue growth of 3% to 4%, complemented by growth from completed acquisitions of 3%, resulting in total revenue growth of 6% to 7%. Our full year segment margin expectations of around 18% are also unchanged. As a result, we are re-affirming our full year EPS to be in the range of $4.60 to $4.80."
Net earnings for the first quarter of 2014 were $160.1 million or $0.93 EPS, compared to net earnings of $210.0 million, or $1.20 EPS, for the same period of 2013. 2014 results reflected a loss from discontinued operations of $16.2 million, or $0.09 EPS, which included $25.8 million in spin off costs. 2013 results included earnings from discontinued operations of $42.8 million, or $0.24 EPS.
Dover will host a webcast of its first quarter 2014 conference call at 10:30 A.M. Eastern Time (9:30 A.M. Central Time) on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The webcast can be accessed on the Dover website at www.dovercorporation.com. The conference call will also be made available for replay on the website. Additional information on Dover's first quarter results and its operating segments can also be found on the Company's website.
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