COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE: MTD) today announced first quarter results for 2019. Provided below are the highlights:
- Reported sales increased 3% compared with the prior year. In local currency, sales increased 7% in the quarter as currency reduced sales growth by 4%.
- Net earnings per diluted share as reported (EPS) were $4.42, compared with $3.58 in the prior-year period. Adjusted EPS was $4.10, an increase of 10% over the prior-year amount of $3.74. Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP measure, and we have included a reconciliation to EPS on the last page of the attached schedules.
First Quarter Results
Olivier Filliol, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Sales growth was very strong in the quarter with excellent growth in our Laboratory and Industrial product lines. Sales growth in Europe and China was strong while growth in the Americas, excluding Food Retail, was good. Our productivity and margin initiatives continue to yield tangible results, and despite the adverse impact of currency and tariff costs, we achieved a strong increase in earnings growth."
EPS in the quarter was $4.42, compared with the prior-year amount of $3.58.
Compared with the prior year, total reported sales increased 3% to $679.5 million. By region, reported sales increased 3% in the Americas, 2% in Europe and 4% in Asia/Rest of World. Earnings before taxes amounted to $125.7 million, compared with $117.4 million in the prior year.
Adjusted EPS was $4.10, an increase of 10% over the prior-year amount of $3.74.
Compared with the prior year, total sales in local currency increased 7% as currency reduced reported sales growth by 4%. By region, local currency sales increased 3% in the Americas, 9% in Europe and 9% in Asia/Rest of World. Adjusted Operating Profit amounted to $147.8 million, a 6% increase from the prior-year amount of $139.5 million.
Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Operating Profit are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures are provided in the attached schedules.
The Company said that based on its assessment of market conditions today, management anticipates local currency sales growth in 2019 will be approximately 5.5%. This sales growth is expected to result in Adjusted EPS in the range of $22.55 to $22.75, a growth rate of 11% to 12%. Previously, the Company provided guidance for Adjusted EPS in the range of $22.50 to $22.70.
Based on today's assessment of market conditions, management anticipates that local currency sales growth in the second quarter 2019 will be approximately 5.5%, and Adjusted EPS is forecasted to be in the range of $5.05 to $5.10, an increase of 9% to 10%.
While the Company has provided an outlook for local currency sales growth and Adjusted EPS, it has not provided an outlook for reported sales growth or EPS as it would require an estimate of currency exchange fluctuations and non-recurring items, which are not yet known. The Company noted in making its outlook that economic uncertainty remains in certain regions of the world and market conditions are subject to change.
Filliol concluded, "Demand in our markets remains favorable and our growth initiatives continue to yield tangible results. While we acknowledge uncertainties in global economic data, we assume market conditions will remain favorable. We are confident in our ability to execute on our investments in our field force, Spinnaker sales and marketing programs and new product launches. With the benefit of these growth initiatives, we believe we are well positioned to continue to gain market share. We will continue to face currency and tariff headwinds, particularly in the second quarter. However, with the benefit of our growth, margin and productivity initiatives, we believe we can deliver strong results in 2019."
The Company will host a conference call to discuss its quarterly results today (Thursday, May 9) at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To hear a live webcast or replay of the call, visit the investor relations page on the Company's website at www.mt.com/investors . The presentation referenced in the conference call will be located on the website prior to the call.
METTLER TOLEDO (NYSE: MTD) is a leading global supplier of precision instruments and services. We have strong leadership positions in all of our businesses and believe we hold global number-one market positions in most of them. We are recognized as an innovation leader and our solutions are critical in key R&D, quality control and manufacturing processes for customers in a wide range of industries including life sciences, food and chemicals. Our sales and service network is one of the most extensive in the industry. Our products are sold in more than 140 countries and we have a direct presence in approximately 40 countries. With proven growth strategies and a focus on execution, we have achieved a long-term track record of strong financial performance. For more information, please visit www.mt.com .
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