March 14 Diversified U.S. manufacturer United
Technologies Corp will likely spend less than the $1
billion it had budgeted for takeover deals in 2013, chief
financial officer Greg Hayes said on Thursday.
"There is, quite frankly, not much in the pipeline right now
from an M&A standpoint," Hayes told investors at a meeting in
New York. "We're more focused on execution than acquisitions
The world's largest maker of elevators and air conditioners
last year closed its largest-ever acquisition, the $16.5 billion
takeover of aircraft components maker Goodrich Corp.
That deal has proved well-timed, with the Hartford,
Connecticut-based company, which also makes jet engines,
expecting a rebound in demand for spare parts from airlines
later this year, Hayes said.
United Tech may buy back more shares than the $1 billion
worth it had originally planned for, he added.
That could help to offset weaker demand from the U.S.
military, which is cutting spending as a result of the mandatory
budget cuts imposed by the sequester, a deal for $85 billion in
across-the-board spending cuts that U.S. President Barack Obama
and the Republicans that lead the House of Representatives
agreed to last year.
Outside of defense, Hayes said the U.S. economy was picking
"The U.S. economy is better and it's going to continue to
get better," Hayes said in remarks monitored over the internet.
The company on Thursday confirmed its full-year profit
forecast, which calls for earnings of $5.85 to $6.15 per share,
which would represent growth of roughly 13 percent.
United Tech shares were up 22 cents to $93.30 in afternoon
trading on the New York Stock Exchange.