COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE: MTD), a leading global supplier of precision instruments and services, announced today that due to the negative impact of the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is withdrawing 2020 annual guidance, which was provided on February 6, 2020.
For the first quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company expects that reported sales declined 4% and local currency sales declined 3% as currency reduced sales growth by 1%. The Company noted that first quarter local currency sales were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic on its operations in China as well as in other regions. The Company estimates that Adjusted EPS for the first quarter of 2020 will be below previously issued guidance. Adjusted EPS and local currency sales are non-GAAP financial measures.
Mettler-Toledo International Inc. is a global market leader in the majority of its businesses. The Company has excellent competitive advantages including a sophisticated sales and marketing approach, an extensive global service force, long history of innovation and a diverse product portfolio. The Company has a strong culture of execution and excellent long-term track record. Its principal end markets are life sciences, food manufacturers, chemical companies and food retailers.
The Company will release its first quarter 2020 results after the market closes on Thursday, May 7, 2020 and hold a conference call at 5pm Eastern Time to discuss its quarterly results. To hear a live webcast or replay of the call, please visit the investor relations page on the Company's website at www.mt.com/investors.
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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