AMETEK Announces First Quarter Results and Raises 2021 Guidance


BERWYN, PA — AMETEK, Inc. (NYSE: AME) recently announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

AMETEK’s first quarter 2021 sales were $1.22 billion, a 1% increase over the first quarter of 2020, with organic sales growth of 1%. Operating income increased 6% to $293.3 million, and operating margins were up 110 basis points to 24.1%, both versus the prior year’s adjusted results.

On a GAAP basis, first quarter earnings per diluted share were $0.94. Adjusted earnings were $1.07 per diluted share, up 5% versus the prior year’s adjusted results. 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.

“AMETEK performed exceptionally well in the first quarter,” commented David A. Zapico, AMETEK Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We were pleased with the return to organic sales growth earlier than anticipated, while order momentum remains very strong with a record level of orders and 9% organic orders growth in the quarter. Additionally, our businesses delivered outstanding operating performance with robust margin expansion.”

“We continue to generate strong cash flow with operating cash flow up 5% in the quarter and free cash flow conversion of 122% of net income. This excellent cash flow generation is being used to support an active acquisition environment. Thus far in 2021, we have deployed $1.85 billion on five strategic acquisitions. We remain well positioned with a pipeline of attractive acquisition opportunities and strong balance sheet capacity to support our continued growth,” noted Mr. Zapico.

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Electronic Instruments Group (EIG)
First quarter EIG sales were $790.9 million, up 2% compared to the first quarter of 2020. EIG’s operating income in the quarter was up 7% to $206.9 million, and operating margins were up 110 basis points to 26.2%, versus the prior year’s adjusted results.

“EIG delivered strong results in the first quarter with solid sales growth and outstanding operating performance,” noted Mr. Zapico. “Sales were stronger than expected in the quarter as we continue to see improvements across our key end markets, in particular across our Process businesses.”

Electromechanical Group (EMG)
EMG sales in the first quarter were $424.8 million, down 1% compared to last year’s first quarter. Operating income for EMG was up 8% to a record $105.0 million, and operating margins were up 190 basis points to a record 24.7%, versus the prior year’s adjusted results.

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“EMG also had an excellent first quarter with solid organic sales growth offset by the divestiture of Reading Alloys,” commented Mr. Zapico. “EMG’s automation businesses are benefitting from solid demand for their precision motion control solutions, while EMG’s operational initiatives delivered record operating profit and operating margins in the quarter.”

2021 Outlook
“The strength of the AMETEK Growth Model was reflected in our results this quarter and in our revised outlook for the balance of the year. Our differentiated businesses, diverse and balanced end market exposures, exceptional operating capability, robust cash flow generation and proven ability to deploy capital on value enhancing acquisitions, has positioned AMETEK extremely well for strong growth in 2021 and beyond,” continued Mr. Zapico.

“Given our first quarter results and recent acquisition activity we are increasing our guidance for the year. For 2021, we now expect overall sales to be up high teens on a percentage basis compared to the prior year, with organic sales up high single digits. Adjusted earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $4.48 to $4.56, an increase of 13% to 15% over the comparable basis for 2020. This is an increase from our previous adjusted earnings guidance range of $4.18 to $4.30 per diluted share,” he added.

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“Overall sales in the second quarter are expected to be up in the low 30% range versus the second quarter of 2020. We anticipate adjusted earnings per diluted share will be in the range of $1.08 to $1.10, up 29% to 31% versus last year’s second quarter. Our full year and second quarter guidance includes all five recently completed acquisitions,” concluded Mr. Zapico.

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