Carrier Reports 2021 Results and Announces 2022 Outlook
Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights
- Sales of $5.1 billion, up 12% compared to 2020 including 11% organic growth
- GAAP EPS of $0.36 and adjusted EPS of $0.44
- Net cash flow from operating activities of $913 million and free cash flow of $775 million
Full Year 2021 Highlights
- Sales growth of 18% and organic sales growth of 15%
- GAAP EPS of $1.87 and adjusted EPS of $2.26; adjusted EPS growth of 36%
- Net cash flow from operating activities of $2.2 billion and free cash flow of $1.9 billion or 114% of net income
Outlook for 2022
- Sales of about $20 billion with high single-digit organic sales* growth
- Adjusted operating margin* up ~75 bps
- Adjusted EPS* of $2.20
- $2.30, up double-digits adjusting for the Chubb divestiture
- Free cash flow* of ~$1.65 billion, which includes a ~$200 million tax payment related to the gain on the Chubb sale
- Outlook excludes recently announced Toshiba acquisition, expected to close before the end of Q3 2022
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Feb. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE:CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions, today reported strong financial results for the fourth quarter capping a full year 2021 that exceeded expectations. The Company projects solid organic growth and adjusted operating margin expansion in 2022 and is well-positioned with a strong balance sheet with significant capital to deploy towards continued value creation.
"Our fourth quarter results, including double-digit sales and adjusted net income growth, as well as adjusted operating margin expansion, served as a great conclusion to a year marked by strong execution and innovation. I am very pleased with the strategic progress we made in 2021, including the launches of our global digital platforms for buildings and cold chain solutions, Abound and Lynx," said Carrier Chairman & CEO Dave Gitlin. "We will work to build on our strong momentum as we enter 2022 with record backlog levels. We are pleased with the divestiture of Chubb and the pending acquisition of Toshiba Carrier Corporation and we will work to proactively improve our portfolio. We anticipate another year of strong financial results, execution and innovation as we continue to address some of the world's most important challenges."
Fourth Quarter 2021 Results
Carrier's fourth quarter sales of $5.1 billion were up 12% compared to the prior year and organic sales were up 11% over the same period, reflecting continued order momentum. Sales remained strong in the HVAC segment with residential and light commercial performance driving the 14% organic growth. Organic sales growth of 17% for the Refrigeration segment was due to strong Transport refrigeration growth. Fire and Security sales were up 3% organically resulting from continued growth in commercial and industrial fire but were negatively impacted by supply chain constraints.
GAAP operating profit in the quarter of $463 million decreased 63% from the fourth quarter of 2020 which included an $871 million gain on the sale of Beijer shares held as an investment. Adjusted operating profit of $517 million increased 14% on higher volume and price realization offset by increased supply chain costs.
Net income and adjusted net income were $324 million and $389 million, respectively. GAAP EPS of $0.36 and adjusted EPS of $0.44 benefitted from a lower adjusted effective tax rate, resulting in a ~$0.06 benefit relative to October guidance and ~$0.07 on a year-over-year basis. Net cash flows provided by operating activities were $913 million and capital expenditures were $138 million, resulting in free cash flow of $775 million.
Full-Year 2021 Results
Carrier's 2021 sales of $20.6 billion increased 18% compared to the prior year and 15% organically, reflecting strong demand across the businesses – primarily HVAC and Transport Refrigeration – and the results of execution on strategic initiatives. GAAP operating profit of $2.6 billion decreased 14% and adjusted operating profit increased 26% to $2.8 billion. Adjusted operating profit growth was strong despite the unprecedented supply chain environment. Productivity savings and strategic price increases partly offset the supply chain environment and incremental investments. GAAP operating profit comparisons were also negatively impacted by the 2020 gain on the sale of the Beijer shares.
GAAP EPS was $1.87 and adjusted EPS was $2.26. Net income was $1.7 billion, and adjusted net income was $2.0 billion. Net cash flows provided by operating activities were $2.2 billion and capital expenditures were $344 million, resulting in free cash flow of $1.9 billion. 2021 capital deployment included over $360 million in acquisitions, $417 million in dividend payments, the repurchase of $527 million worth of common stock and the repayment of $500 million of long-term debt.
Full-Year 2022 Guidance
Carrier is announcing the following outlook for 2022 excluding the pending Toshiba acquisition:
(excluding impact of TCC acquisition)
Organic* up HSD
Adjusted Operating Margin*
>Up ~75 bps Y/Y
~$2.20 - $2.30
Free Cash Flow*
Includes ~$200M in tax payments on Chubb gain
*Note: When the company provides expectations for organic sales, adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating margin, adjusted effective tax rate, incremental margins/earnings conversion, adjusted EPS and free cash flow on a forward-looking basis, a reconciliation of the differences between the non-GAAP expectations and the corresponding GAAP measures generally is not available without unreasonable effort. See "Use and Definitions of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for additional information.
Carrier will host a webcast of its earnings conference call today, Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. ET. To access the webcast, visit the Events & Presentations section of the Carrier Investor Relations site at ir.carrier.com/news-and-events/events-and-presentations or to listen to the earnings call by phone, dial (877) 742-9091.
As the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions, Carrier Global Corporation is committed to making the world safer, sustainable and more comfortable for generations to come. From the beginning, we've led in inventing new technologies and entirely new industries. Today, we continue to lead because we have a world-class, diverse workforce that puts the customer at the center of everything we do. For more information, visit www.corporate.carrier.com or follow Carrier on social media at @Carrier.
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SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA, NON-GAAP MEASURES AND DEFINITIONS
Following are tables that present selected financial data of Carrier Global Corporation ("Carrier"). Also included are reconciliations of non-GAAP measures to their most comparable GAAP measures.
Use and Definitions of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Carrier reports its financial results in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP").
We supplement the reporting of our financial information determined under GAAP with certain non-GAAP financial information. The non-GAAP information presented provides investors with additional useful information, but should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for the related GAAP measures. Moreover, other companies may define non-GAAP measures differently, which limits the usefulness of these measures for comparisons with such other companies. We encourage investors to review our financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to the corresponding amounts prepared in accordance with GAAP appears in the tables attached to this release. The tables provide additional information as to the items and amounts that have been excluded from the adjusted measures.
Organic sales, adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating margin, incremental margins / earnings conversion, earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share ("EPS"), the adjusted effective tax rate, and net debt are non-GAAP financial measures.
Organic sales represents consolidated net sales (a GAAP measure), excluding the impact of foreign currency translation, acquisitions and divestitures completed in the preceding twelve months and other significant items of a nonoperational nature (hereinafter referred to as "other significant items"). Adjusted operating profit represents operating profit (a GAAP measure), excluding restructuring costs and other significant items. Adjusted operating margin represents adjusted operating profit as a percentage of net sales (a GAAP measure). Incremental margins / earnings conversion represents the year-over-year change in adjusted operating profit divided by the year-over-year change in net sales. EBITDA represents net income attributable to common shareholders (a GAAP measure), adjusted for interest income and expense, income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA, as calculated above, excluding non-service pension benefit, non-controlling interest in subsidiaries' earnings from operations, restructuring costs and other significant items. Adjusted net income represents net income attributable to common shareowners (a GAAP measure), excluding restructuring costs and other significant items. Adjusted EPS represents diluted earnings per share (a GAAP measure), excluding restructuring costs and other significant items. The adjusted effective tax rate represents the effective tax rate (a GAAP measure), excluding restructuring costs and other significant items. Net debt represents long-term debt (a GAAP measure) less cash and cash equivalents. For the business segments, when applicable, adjustments of operating profit and operating margins represent operating profit, excluding restructuring and other significant items.
Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents net cash flows provided by operating activities (a GAAP measure) less capital expenditures. Management believes free cash flow is a useful measure of liquidity and an additional basis for assessing Carrier's ability to fund its activities, including the financing of acquisitions, debt service, repurchases of Carrier's common stock and distribution of earnings to shareowners.
When we provide our expectations for organic sales, adjusted operating profit, adjusted operating margin, adjusted effective tax rate, incremental margins/earnings conversion, adjusted EPS and free cash flow on a forward-looking basis, a reconciliation of the differences between the non-GAAP expectations and the corresponding GAAP measures (expected net sales, operating profit, operating margin, effective tax rate, incremental operating margin, diluted EPS and net cash flows provided by operating activities) generally is not available without unreasonable effort due to potentially high variability, complexity and low visibility as to the items that would be excluded from the GAAP measure in the relevant future period, such as unusual gains and losses, the ultimate outcome of pending litigation, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, the impact and timing of potential acquisitions and divestitures, future restructuring costs, and other structural changes or their probable significance. The variability of the excluded items may have a significant, and potentially unpredictable, impact on our future GAAP results.