* Second-quarter adj earnings $1.33/share vs est $1.29
* Revenue $1.52 bln vs est $1.59 bln
* Cuts FY13 revenue forecast to $6.25 bln-$6.45 bln
By Sagarika Jaisinghani
April 24 Rockwell Automation Inc
reported a drop in second-quarter revenue and cut its sales
forecast for the full year as the industrial automation company
expects global demand to remain sluggish.
Shares of the company, however, rose as much as 3 percent in
early Wednesday trading as cost cutting boosted its quarterly
Rockwell said it expects sales of $6.25 billion to $6.45
billion for fiscal 2013 ending Sept. 30, below its prior
forecast of $6.35 billion to $6.65 billion.
Sales growth at Rockwell and its peers slowed in 2012 as big
industrial customers, particularly those in Europe and China,
cut capital spending.
While demand in North America has begun to pick up in 2013,
it has not been enough to offset declines in the rest of the
"Right now I think we see China as struggling to generate
the types of growth that we've seen previously," Chief Executive
Keith Nosbusch said on a post-earnings conference call.
U.S. chief executives' confidence in their country's economy
rebounded in the first three months of 2013, and about 38
percent plan to boost capital spending in the next six months,
according to a survey released last month.
"Whether or not there is a second half recovery remains to
be seen," Longbow Research analyst Mark Douglass said. "A lot of
industrial companies seem to be talking about that but there's
been very little evidence that it is coming."
Rockwell said U.S. sales rose 2.5 percent to $776.9 million
in the quarter, but sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa
fell 5 percent to $317.1 million. Revenue from Asia Pacific
dropped 19 percent.
Rival Emerson Electric Co also said in March that
weakness in European demand had persisted longer than expected,
adding that orders for industrial goods remained under pressure.
Milwaukee-based Rockwell, which is looking for ways to cut
operating costs, reiterated its profit growth forecast of 5
percent for 2013.
Total second-quarter sales fell 2.5 percent to $1.52
Net income rose to $175.9 million, or $1.24 per share, from
$167.8 million, or $1.16 per share, a year earlier.
Excluding items Rockwell, earned $1.33 per share.
Analysts on average expected earnings of $1.29 per share,
excluding items, for the second quarter on revenue of $1.59
billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Rockwell shares have gained 11 percent in the past 12
months, but have underperformed the wider S&P 500 index,
which gained 15 percent. The company's shares were up 1 percent
at $85.89 on Wednesday morning on the New York Stock Exchange.