July 19, 2013 / 12:45 PM / 4 years ago

UPDATE 1-Improving US housing market helps Ingersoll-Rand beat estimates

July 19 (Reuters) - Ingersoll-Rand Plc, the maker of Trane air conditioners and Schlage locks, posted better-than-expected quarterly results after selling more climate control systems in a recovering U.S. construction market.

Second-quarter revenue rose 3 percent, beating analysts’ estimates, as sales of residential security systems, air conditioners and heating systems more than offset weaker demand for the company’s industrial equipment.

Excluding one-time items, Ingersoll-Rand earned $1.14 per share from continuing operations, beating the average analyst forecast by 6 cents.

Sales fell in the company’s industrial technology and commercial security divisions.

Ingersoll-Rand said it expected continued weak industrial demand and uneven growth in non-residential construction.

The housing market is leading much of the recovery in construction, while investments in non-residential construction have been uneven.

The company narrowed its full-year profit forecast by 5 cents on both sides to a range of $3.50 to $3.60 per share.

Net income attributable to the company fell 13 percent to $317.2 million, or $1.05 per share, for the second quarter from $365.8 million, or $1.16 per share, a year earlier.

Net income from continuing operations was $1.03 per share.

Revenue rose 3 percent to $3.93 billion, while analysts were looking for $3.88 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Ingersoll-Rand shares closed at a 52-week high of $59.92 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

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