AMETEK Announces Third Quarter Results and Provides Fourth Quarter 2020 Guidance


BERWYN, PA — AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE: AME) announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

AMETEK’s third quarter 2020 sales were $1.13 billion, a 12% decline compared to the third quarter of 2019. Operating income in the quarter was $270.7 million and operating margins were a record 24.0%, up 40 basis points from the third quarter of 2019.

On a GAAP basis, third quarter earnings per diluted share were $0.88. Adjusted earnings in the quarter were $1.01 per diluted share, down 5% compared to the prior-year’s comparable period. Adjusted earnings adds back non-cash, after-tax, acquisition-related intangible amortization of $0.13 per diluted share. A reconciliation of reported GAAP results to adjusted results is included in the financial tables accompanying this release and on the AMETEK website.

“Our teams did an outstanding job in the third quarter, managing ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic while providing essential support to our customers,” said David A. Zapico, AMETEK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to prioritize our employees’ safety and well-being by taking appropriate precautions across our facilities.”

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“In the midst of the pandemic, AMETEK was able to deliver record operating margins as well as EBITDA margins of 29.5%. These outstanding results reflect the flexibility of the AMETEK Growth Model and the exceptional talent and dedication of our employees,” continued Mr. Zapico.  “Operating cash flow in the quarter was $310 million, resulting in excellent free cash flow conversion of 146% of net income, further strengthening our balance sheet and liquidity position, providing us tremendous flexibility to deploy capital on strategic acquisitions,” said Mr. Zapico.

Electronic Instruments Group (EIG)
EIG sales in the third quarter were $748.4 million, down 8% from the third quarter of 2019. EIG’s operating income in the quarter was $203.7 million and operating income margins were 27.2%, an increase of 30 basis points over the prior-year period.

“EIG experienced strong, broad-based sequential sales improvement in the third quarter as the global economy began its recovery from a difficult second quarter,” noted Mr. Zapico. “Despite a year-over-year decline in sales as a result of the pandemic, EIG delivered excellent operating performance with solid margin expansion in the quarter.”

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Electromechanical Group (EMG)
EMG sales in the third quarter were $378.6 million, down 18% versus last year’s third quarter. Operating income for EMG in the quarter was $84.3 million and operating income margins were 22.3%, down 10 basis points versus the same period last year.

“While EMG’s top line was impacted by the divestiture of Reading Alloys and the effects of the pandemic, EMG delivered strong operating results in the quarter through continued focus on its Operational Excellence initiatives,” commented Mr. Zapico.

2020 Outlook
“Our businesses have managed exceptionally well through the first nine months of what has certainly been an extraordinary year. We remain committed to investing in long-term, sustainable growth initiatives while reacting to the current dynamic market environment with a focus on cost and asset management,” continued Mr. Zapico. “While the pandemic continues to present uncertainty, our end markets are gradually recovering, and we are well positioned to deliver strong results.”

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“Given this recovery and improved visibility across our businesses we are reinstating quarterly guidance,” said Mr. Zapico. “For the fourth quarter, we expect solid sequential improvements in sales versus the third quarter with year-over-year sales down high single digits on a percentage basis compared to last year’s fourth quarter. We anticipate fourth quarter adjusted earnings will be in the range of $1.00 to $1.04 per diluted share,” Mr. Zapico concluded.

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