NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In a meeting with investors and analysts today, United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Louis Chenevert communicated the company's expectation for 2013 earnings per share of approximately $6.15, at the high end of the prior range of $6.10 to $6.15. The company continues to expect sales of approximately $63 billion. Chenevert also projected 2014 earnings per share of $6.55 to $6.85, up 7 to 11 percent. Sales for 2014 are expected to be approximately $64 billion, including 3 to 4 percent organic growth partially offset by 2 points of net divestitures. The company continues to target cash flow from operations less capital expenditures equal to net income attributable to common shareowners in both 2013 and 2014.
"2013 has been a strong year for United Technologies," Chenevert said. "Our focus on integration and execution will allow us to deliver earnings growth of 15 percent, even in the face of a challenging macroeconomic environment. With solid orders momentum exiting the year, we expect further acceleration in 2014 across the majority of our businesses.
"The UTC portfolio is well positioned in growth markets," Chenevert continued. "Our new UTC Building & Industrial Systems organization is poised to capitalize on the worldwide urbanization trend. In the fast growing aerospace industry, our acquisitions of Goodrich and IAE are exceeding expectations as we prepare for an extraordinary ramp ahead. It's an exciting time for United Technologies."
Today's United Technologies meeting with investors and analysts was broadcast live on the Internet and the audio and presentation materials will be available at www.utc.com. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the building systems and aerospace industries.
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