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Hubbell Reports Fourth Quarter, Full Year Results
Hubbell Reports Fourth Quarter, Full Year Results
Fourth Quarter Net Sales up 6%, Earnings of $0.82 Per Diluted Share

ORANGE, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 28, 2009--Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE: HUBA, HUBB) today reported operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2008.

Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2008 were $652.1 million, an increase of 6% from the $614.7 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2007. Operating income increased 6% to $72.4 million, resulting in operating income as a percent of net sales of 11.1%. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2008 was $46.3 million compared to $48.0 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2007. Earnings per diluted share of $0.82 were unchanged from the fourth quarter last year. The Company recognized approximately $0.05 and $0.07 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2008 and fourth quarter of 2007, respectively, for expenses related to workforce reductions.

The results for the fourth quarter of 2008 include a $0.03 benefit due to the retroactive reinstatement of the research and development tax credit. In addition, last year's fourth quarter earnings per diluted share included a $0.05 benefit primarily due to the completion of an examination of the 2004-2005 federal income tax returns. Excluding the impact of the workforce reductions and tax adjustments in both periods, 2008 fourth quarter earnings per diluted share were unchanged from the fourth quarter last year.

In the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company invested approximately $56 million to acquire Varon Lighting Group, LLC which has become part of Hubbell's Lighting business. Based in Chicago, IL, Varon is a leading provider of energy-efficient lighting fixtures and controls designed for indoor commercial and industrial lighting retrofits, as well as outdoor new and retrofit pedestrian-scale lighting applications.

Net sales for the full year 2008 were $2,704.4 million, an increase of 7% over 2007. Operating income increased by 16% to $346.0 million resulting in operating income as a percent of net sales of 12.8%. Net income for the full year 2008 was $222.7 million, an increase of 7% compared to the $208.3 million reported in 2007. Earnings per diluted share were $3.94 or 13% above the $3.50 reported for 2007.

Cash flow from operations in 2008 was $319.2 million compared to $335.2 million in 2007. Capital spending in 2008 was $49.4 million compared to $55.9 million in 2007. During 2008 the Company invested $267.4 million on acquisitions and repurchased 2.0 million shares of its common stock for $96.6 million.


Timothy H. Powers, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The strong results reported in the fourth quarter capped off a year of record sales and earnings for Hubbell. I am proud of the entire organization's ability to navigate through the challenges of the fourth quarter: unprecedented disruption in the credit markets, a sharp decline in market activity and volatile commodity prices. We are also pleased with the acquisition of Varon completed in the fourth quarter that has been added to Hubbell's Lighting business. This business focuses on the large market of existing buildings with older lighting technology and offers high quality lighting with dramatically better energy efficiency.

"In the fourth quarter, we experienced a slowdown in orders reflective of the weakening economic environment and the financial markets crisis. Our net sales increased 6% in the quarter with acquisitions and selling price increases adding 6% and 4%, respectively. Unit volume was down approximately 1% as lower incoming orders were largely offset by a reduction in backlog. Additionally, unfavorable foreign currency translation reduced net sales by approximately 3%.

"In reviewing the full year results, I am particularly pleased that we were able to expand our full year operating margins by 100 basis points compared to 2007 despite unprecedented commodity cost increases due to our focus on pricing discipline, cost containment and productivity initiatives. In addition, we finished the full year 2008 with free cash flow, defined as operating cash flow less capital expenditures, equal to 121% of net income."


The comments and year-over-year percentages in this segment review are based on fourth quarter results in 2008 and 2007. The prior year amounts have been adjusted to reflect the Company's realigned reporting segments as reported in the first quarter of 2008.

Electrical segment net sales increased 1% year-over-year as selling price increases, acquisitions and strong shipments of high voltage products were largely offset by weaker residential product sales and unfavorable foreign currency translation. The selling price increases and acquisitions added approximately 4% and 3%, respectively, to net sales in the fourth quarter of 2008. Electrical segment operating income decreased to $44.7 million compared to $45.4 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2007. The slight decline in profitability in the segment was due to weaker results in our residential lighting business and commodity cost headwinds. These decreases were largely offset by selling price increases, higher productivity and the favorable contribution from the Kurt Versen acquisition completed early in the year.

Hubbell's Power segment reported a 21% increase in net sales compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 principally due to the impact of acquisitions and selling price increases. Acquisitions and selling price increases added approximately 14% and 6%, respectively, to net sales in the fourth quarter of 2008. Operating income increased 19% in the fourth quarter of 2008 versus the same period last year due to selling price increases, productivity improvements and acquisitions.


Mr. Powers commented, "Turning to 2009, we anticipate significant recessionary conditions in the U.S. and a slowdown in overall global demand. Hubbell's largest served market, non-residential construction, is forecasted to be down significantly. The residential construction market is still contracting and will likely be down at comparable percentages to 2008. The utility market is expected to be lower, with many utility companies delaying capital spending on transmission and substation related projects while distribution investments will continue to be hampered by the residential market decline. We expect the industrial markets to be weaker due to a slowdown in manufacturing production. Finally, while we would anticipate some benefit from any expected energy related stimulus package from the new administration, the timing and magnitude of such benefits remain to be seen."

Mr. Powers concluded, "While we finished 2008 on a strong note, we are preparing for a decrease in net sales and earnings in 2009. The forecasted market headwinds are well documented while the commodity and pricing dynamics are expected to remain highly volatile. Nevertheless, our focus and strategy remains largely unchanged. We will continue to carefully manage the cost price equation, reduce costs across our business, including lowering staffing levels, and move forward with our successful productivity programs. In addition, we will continue with our strategy of pursuing bolt-on acquisitions to enhance our portfolio. We also expect free cash flow to exceed net income and will maintain a conservative balance sheet."

Certain statements contained herein may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements about capital resources, performance and results of operations and are based on the Company's reasonable current expectations. In addition, all statements regarding anticipated growth or improvement in operating results, anticipated market conditions, and economic recovery are forward-looking. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking words or phrases such as "improved," "leading," "improving," "continuing growth," "continued," "ranging," "contributing," "primarily," "plan," "expect," "anticipated," "expected," "expectations," "should result," "uncertain," "goals," "projected," "on track," "likely," and others. Such forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual and future performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: achieving sales levels to fulfill revenue expectations; unexpected costs or charges, certain of which may be outside the control of the Company; anticipated benefit from any expected energy related stimulus package; expected benefits of process improvement and other lean initiatives; the expected benefit and effect of the business information system initiative and restructuring programs; the availability and costs of raw materials and purchased components; realization of price increases; the ability to achieve projected levels of efficiencies and cost reduction measures; general economic and business conditions; competition; and other factors described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the "Business" and "Risk Factors" Sections in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007.

Hubbell Incorporated is an international manufacturer of quality electrical and electronic products for a broad range of non-residential and residential construction, industrial and utility applications. With 2008 revenues of $2.7 billion, Hubbell Incorporated operates manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, Australia and the United Kingdom, participates in joint ventures in Taiwan and the People's Republic of China, and maintains sales offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea, the People's Republic of China, Mexico, and the Middle East. The corporate headquarters is located in Orange, CT.


Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income

(in millions, except per share data)


                 (UNAUDITED)  (UNAUDITED)        (UNAUDITED)

                 2008         2007               2008         2007

Net Sales        $ 652.1      $ 614.7            $ 2,704.4    $ 2,533.9

Cost of goods      466.2        433.8              1,901.0      1,798.1

Selling &
administrative     113.5        112.3              457.4        436.4

Total Operating    72.4         68.6               346.0        299.4

income as a %      11.1  %      11.2  %            12.8    %    11.8    %
of Net Sales

Interest           (7.7  )      (3.7  )            (24.6   )    (15.2   )
expense, net

Other (expense)    (0.6  )      (0.7  )            (3.5    )    -
income, net

Income Before      64.1         64.2               317.9        284.2
Income Taxes

Provision for      17.8         16.2               95.2         75.9
income taxes

Net Income       $ 46.3       $ 48.0             $ 222.7      $ 208.3

Earnings Per

Basic            $ 0.83       $ 0.83             $ 3.97       $ 3.54

Diluted          $ 0.82       $ 0.82             $ 3.94       $ 3.50

Average Shares

Basic              55.9         57.8               56.0         58.8

Diluted            56.2         58.6               56.5         59.5


Segment Information

(in millions)


                 (UNAUDITED)  (UNAUDITED)        (UNAUDITED)

                 2008         2007               2008         2007

Net Sales

Electrical       $ 458.2      $ 455.1            $ 1,958.2    $ 1,897.3

Power              193.9        159.6              746.2        636.6

Total Net Sales  $ 652.1      $ 614.7            $ 2,704.4    $ 2,533.9


Electrical       $ 44.7       $ 45.4             $ 227.3      $ 202.1

Power              27.7         23.2               118.7        97.3

Total Operating  $ 72.4       $ 68.6             $ 346.0      $ 299.4

Income as a %
of Net Sales

Electrical         9.8   %      10.0  %            11.6    %    10.7    %

Power              14.3  %      14.5  %            15.9    %    15.3    %

Total              11.1  %      11.2  %            12.8    %    11.8    %


Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet

(in millions)


                                            DECEMBER 31, 2008  DECEMBER 31, 2007


Cash and cash equivalents                   $ 178.2            $ 77.5

Accounts receivable, net                      357.0              332.4

Inventories, net                              335.2              322.9

Deferred taxes and other                      48.7               55.2

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS                          919.1              788.0

Property, plant and equipment, net            349.1              327.1

Investments                                   35.1               39.2

Goodwill                                      584.6              466.6

Intangible assets and other                   227.6              242.5

TOTAL ASSETS                                $ 2,115.5          $ 1,863.4


Short-term debt                             $ -                $ 36.7

Accounts payable                              168.3              154.0

Accrued salaries, wages and employee          61.5               58.6

Dividends payable                             19.7               19.2

Accrued insurance                             46.3               46.7

Other accrued liabilities                     129.2              104.3

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES                     425.0              419.5

Long-term debt                                497.4              199.4

Other non-current liabilities                 185.0              161.9

TOTAL LIABILITIES                             1,107.4            780.8

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                          1,008.1            1,082.6



Condensed Consolidated Statement Of Cash Flows

(in millions)

                                                 TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31


                                                 2008         2007

Cash Flows From Operating Activities

Net Income                                       $ 222.7      $ 208.3

Depreciation and amortization                      63.1         60.2

Stock-based compensation expense                   12.5         12.7

Deferred income taxes                              0.7          (3.7   )

Changes in working capital                         22.1         94.1

Contributions to defined benefit pension plans     (11.2  )     (28.4  )

Other, net                                         9.3          (8.0   )

Net cash provided by operating activities          319.2        335.2

Cash Flows From Investing Activities

Capital expenditures                               (49.4  )     (55.9  )

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired    (267.4 )     (52.9  )

Net change in investments                          4.2          (2.6   )

Other, net                                         6.2          5.7

Net cash used in investing activities              (306.4 )     (105.7 )

Cash Flows From Financing Activities

Borrowings/repayments of debt                      (36.7  )     15.8

Issuance of long term debt                         297.7        -

Payment of dividends                               (76.9  )     (78.4  )

Acquisition of common shares                       (96.6  )     (193.1 )

Proceeds from exercise of stock options            8.1          48.0

Other, net                                         (1.9   )     7.3

Net cash provided by (used) in financing           93.7         (200.4 )

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash    (5.8   )     3.1
and cash equivalents

Increase in cash and cash equivalents              100.7        32.2

Cash and cash equivalents

Beginning of period                                77.5         45.3

End of period                                    $ 178.2      $ 77.5

    CONTACT: Hubbell IncorporatedWilliam R. Sperry, 203-799-4100

    Source: Hubbell Incorporated