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ITT announces strong second-quarter 2014 results; Growth driven by automotive gains, global oil and gas strength

August 4, 2014



Total revenue increased 9 percent to $663 million, organic revenue up 8 percent

- GAAP EPS from continuing operations up 63 percent to $0.44

- Adjusted EPS from continuing operations up 18 percent to $0.60

- GAAP segment operating margins expanded 130 basis points to 13.4 percent

- Adjusted segment operating margins expanded 100 basis points to 14.1 percent

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.- - ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) today reported that second-quarter 2014 revenue grew by 9 percent to $663 million, driven by solid performances in all four business segments across most strategic end markets.

Revenue results also reflect growth in key geographies, including 9 percent growth in both North America and emerging markets and 7 percent growth in Europe, as well as 8 percent overall organic revenue growth (defined as total revenue excluding foreign exchange, acquisitions and divestitures).

Second-quarter GAAP earnings from continuing operations increased to $0.44 per diluted share. Adjusted earnings from continuing operations, which excludes special items, increased 18 percent to $0.60 per diluted share, reflecting strong segment operational performances and a lower effective tax rate, partially offset by increased corporate costs. Special items primarily included asbestos-related expenses, restructuring and repositioning costs, and tax-related items.

On a GAAP basis, segment operating margins increased 130 basis points year-over-year. Adjusted segment operating margins expanded by 100 basis points to 14.1 percent. The growth reflects increased volume and strong net operating productivity, partially offset by growth investments.

"In the second quarter, ITT continued its proven track record of execution with outstanding organic revenue growth, and we delivered our strongest adjusted segment operating margin as today's ITT," said CEO and President Denise Ramos. "This is the result of consistent execution by employees across all of our businesses and steady progress on strategies that build our core capabilities and position us for future success.

"These strategies - including driving Lean transformations, turning around our connectors and shock absorber businesses and making strategic investments for growth - reflect our ongoing commitment to profitable growth and value creation for employees, customers and shareowners in 2014 and beyond."

2014 Second-Quarter Business Segment Results

All results are compared with the prior-year second quarter

Industrial Process manufactures engineered fluid process equipment for the oil and gas, chemical, mining and industrial markets and provides aftermarket services and parts.

- Second-quarter revenue was up 8 percent to $289 million with organic revenue also up 8 percent. The increase reflects strong growth and share gains in oil and gas project pumps in North America, Europe and the Middle East, as well as global mining project pump growth in Latin America.

- GAAP operating income decreased 10 percent to $25 million. Adjusted operating income decreased 12 percent to $27 million, reflecting a higher mix of generally lower-margin large projects, incremental strategic investments and unfavorable foreign exchange, partially offset by increased volume and net operating productivity.

Motion Technologies manufactures braking technologies and shock absorbers for the automotive and rail markets.

- Second-quarter total revenue increased 16 percent to $198 million and organic revenue increased 11 percent, driven by automotive brake pad share gains and market growth in China, automotive aftermarket growth in Europe and strong performance by the shock absorber business in global rail and automotive end markets.

- GAAP operating income and adjusted operating income were up 49 percent and 37 percent, respectively, to $35 million. The gain reflects increased volume, an increase in generally higher-margin aftermarket products and legal settlement favorability, partially offset by pricing pressures and incremental strategic investments.

Interconnect Solutions manufactures highly specialized connectors for the oil and gas, medical, industrial and transportation, and aerospace and defense markets.

- Second-quarter total revenue increased 3 percent to $104 million and organic revenue increased 2 percent, reflecting growth in global aerospace, oil and gas, and general industrial connectors, partially offset by weaker defense and communication connectors.

- GAAP operating income was up 84 percent to $12 million while adjusted operating income was up 92 percent to $15 million. The increase is due to net operating productivity, restructuring benefits and increased volume.

Control Technologies manufactures specialized equipment including actuation, valve, and noise and energy absorption components for the aerospace and industrial markets.

- Second-quarter total and organic revenue increased 5 percent to $74 million. The results reflect growth in general industrial solutions, primarily in energy absorption, and in aerospace components, partially offset by the impact of a high-margin end-of-life aerospace program.

- GAAP operating income and adjusted operating income increased 5 percent to $16 million, as net operating productivity, positive pricing and volume increases were partially offset by negative mix shift due to the impact of an end-of-life aerospace program and incremental strategic investments.

Guidance

The company is increasing its full-year total revenue growth guidance to a range of 5 to 7 percent and its full-year organic revenue growth guidance to a range of 5 to 6 percent, respectively, versus the prior year. Both the total and organic revenue growth guidance ranges were previously 4 to 6 percent. The company is also raising its earnings per share guidance. GAAP EPS is expected to be in the range of $1.58 to $1.69. Adjusted EPS is expected to be in the range of $2.38 to $2.46 compared to a previous range of $2.28 to $2.36. The new adjusted EPS range reflects a 20 percent increase at the mid-point compared to the prior year. The $0.10 increase to the previous adjusted guidance reflects operational impacts - including improved volume in global automotive brake pads and shock absorbers, and benefits from the turnaround of the shock absorber business - and an expected lower full-year effective tax rate.

Investor Call Today

ITT's senior management will host a conference call for investors today at 9 a.m. EDT to review performance and answer questions. The briefing can be monitored live via webcast from the Investor Relations page on the company's website.

For a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP items and a statement regarding the usefulness of these measures to management, please see the tables attached to this press release and visit the Non-GAAP Reconciliations page on the company's website.

About ITT

ITT is a focused multi-industrial company that designs and manufactures highly engineered critical components and customized technology solutions. Our customers in the energy, transportation and industrial markets depend on us to solve their most critical problems, and we focus on partnering with them to find solutions to their unique challenges. Founded in 1920, ITT is headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., with employees in more than 35 countries. The company has sales in approximately 125 countries and generated 2013 revenues of $2.5 billion. For more information, visit www.itt.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. All forward-looking statements included in this presentation are based on information available to us on the date hereof, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but rather are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections about the business and future financial results of the industry in which we operate, and other legal, regulatory and economic developments. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, future strategic plans and other statements that describe the company's business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals, and any discussion of future operating or financial performance.

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Forward-looking statements in this press release should be evaluated together with the risks and uncertainties that affect our business, particularly those mentioned in the Risk Factors section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and other documents filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Investors:

Melissa Trombetta

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melissa.trombetta@itt.com

Media:

Kathleen Bark

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kathleen.bark@itt.comCall

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