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Illinois Tool Works Q1 Profit Down; Lifts FY12 EPS View - Quick Facts

Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) reported that its first-quarter net income declined to $486 million or $1.00 per share, from $623 million or $1.24 per share in the same quarter last year.

The company reported first quarter 2012 income per share from continuing operations of $0.97. Excluding a one-time tax benefit of $0.33 associated with an Australian tax matter in the 2011 first quarter, income per share from continuing operations in the 2012 first quarter increased 10.2 percent versus the year-ago period.

Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report earnings of $0.95 per share for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special items.

Operating revenues for the quarter rose to $4.55 billion from $4.27 billion in the prior year quarter. Sixteen analysts had consensus revenue estimate of $4.60 billion for the quarter.

For the 2012 second quarter, the company forecasts income per share from continuing operations to be in the range of $1.08 to $1.16 and total revenue growth range of 3.5 percent to 6.0 percent. Analysts expect the company to report earnings of $1.08 per share on revenues of $4.92 billion for the second-quarter.

The company said it raised its 2012 full-year income per share from continuing operations forecast, due to better-than-expected first quarter results and share repurchase activity.

The company now expects full-year income per share from continuing operations to be in the range of $4.14 to $4.38 versus the prior forecasted range of $4.02 to $4.26.

Full-year revenue growth is now expected to be in a range of 5.0 percent to 7.0 percent. Previously, Total revenue growth was expected in the range of 5 to 8 percent.

Analysts expect the company to report earnings of $4.15 per share on revenues of $19.04 billion for fiscal 2012.

by RTT Staff Writer

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