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IDEX Reports Record Second Quarter Results; Raises Full Year Guidance; Q2 Sales up 11 Percent Overall and 9 Percent Organically; Q2 Reported EPS was $1.38 with Adjusted EPS of $1.40

July 24, 2018

LAKE FOREST, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 24, 2018--IDEX Corporation (NYSE: IEX) today announced its financial results for the three month period ended June 30, 2018.

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights

Orders were up 9 percent overall and 8 percent organically Sales were up 11 percent overall and 9 percent organically Reported operating margin was 23.3 percent with adjusted operating margin of 23.6 percent, up 180 bps Reported EPS was $1.38 with adjusted EPS of $1.40, up 30 percent Full year adjusted EPS guidance raised to $5.27 to $5.35

Second Quarter 2018

Orders of $639.5 million were up 9 percent compared with the prior year period (+8 percent organic, -1 percent divestiture and +2 percent foreign currency translation).

Sales of $634.4 million were up 11 percent compared with the prior year period (+9 percent organic and +2 percent foreign currency translation).

Gross margin of 45.3 percent was up 50 basis points compared with the prior year period primarily due to productivity initiatives and volume leverage, partially offset by higher engineering costs.

Operating income of $147.8 million resulted in an operating margin of 23.3 percent. Excluding $2.0 million of restructuring expenses, adjusted operating income was $149.8 million with an adjusted operating margin of 23.6 percent, up 180 basis points from the prior year period adjusted operating margin. Adjusted operating income drove adjusted EBITDA of $169.4 million which was 27 percent of sales and covered interest expense by 15 times.

Provision for income taxes of $29.6 million in the second quarter of 2018 resulted in an effective tax rate (ETR) of 21.7 percent, which was lower than the prior year period ETR of 26.1 percent primarily due to the enactment of U.S. tax reform in 2017.

Net income was $107.1 million which resulted in EPS of $1.38. Excluding restructuring expenses, adjusted EPS of $1.40 increased 32 cents, or 30 percent, from prior year period adjusted EPS.

Cash from operations of $120.7 million led to free cash flow of $109.7 million, which was up 40 percent from the prior year period and 101 percent of adjusted net income. The increase in free cash flow was primarily due to higher earnings and lower income tax payments.

The Company repurchased 147 thousand shares of common stock for $20.5 million in the second quarter.

Second Quarter 2018 Segment Highlights

Fluid & Metering Technologies

Sales of $242.8 million reflected a 10 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2017 (+10 percent organic, -2 percent divestiture and +2 percent foreign currency translation). Operating income of $71.2 million resulted in an operating margin of 29.3 percent. Excluding $0.3 million of restructuring expenses, adjusted operating income was $71.5 million with an adjusted operating margin of 29.5 percent, a 240 basis point increase compared to the prior year period primarily due to higher volume and productivity initiatives. EBITDA of $76.4 million resulted in an EBITDA margin of 31.5 percent. Excluding $0.3 million of restructuring expenses, adjusted EBITDA of $76.7 million resulted in an adjusted EBITDA margin of 31.6 percent, a 200 basis point increase compared to the prior year period.

Health & Science Technologies

Sales of $227.4 million reflected an 11 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2017 (+8 percent organic, +1 percent acquisition and +2 percent foreign currency translation). Operating income of $52.6 million resulted in an operating margin of 23.1 percent. Excluding $1.1 million of restructuring expenses, adjusted operating income was $53.7 million with an adjusted operating margin of 23.6 percent, a 100 basis point increase compared to the prior year period primarily due to higher volume and productivity initiatives. EBITDA of $63.1 million resulted in an EBITDA margin of 27.8 percent. Excluding $1.1 million of restructuring expenses, adjusted EBITDA of $64.2 million resulted in an adjusted EBITDA margin of 28.3 percent, a 20 basis point increase compared to the prior year period.

Fire & Safety/Diversified Products

Sales of $164.3 million reflected an 11 percent increase compared to the second quarter of 2017 (+8 percent organic and +3 percent foreign currency translation). Operating income of $45.9 million resulted in an operating margin of 27.9 percent. Excluding $0.3 million of restructuring expenses, adjusted operating income was $46.2 million with an adjusted operating margin of 28.1 percent, a 300 basis point increase compared to the prior year period primarily due to higher volume and productivity initiatives. EBITDA of $49.5 million resulted in an EBITDA margin of 30.1 percent. Excluding $0.3 million of restructuring expenses, adjusted EBITDA of $49.8 million resulted in an adjusted EBITDA margin of 30.3 percent, a 310 basis point increase compared to the prior year period.

For the second quarter of 2018 , Fluid & Metering Technologies contributed 38 percent of sales, 42 percent of operating income and 41 percent of EBITDA; Health & Science Technologies accounted for 36 percent of sales, 31 percent of operating income and 33 percent of EBITDA; and Fire & Safety/Diversified Products represented 26 percent of sales, 27 percent of operating income and 26 percent of EBITDA.

Corporate Costs

Corporate costs, excluding restructuring expenses, increased to $21.6 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $18.4 million in the second quarter of 2017, primarily driven by a $2.2 million stamp duty in Switzerland associated with the restructuring of intercompany loans as well as higher acquisition costs.

Acquisitions

In June 2018, the Company acquired the intellectual property assets of Phantom Controls, which serve to complement our existing businesses within the Fire & Safety/Diversified Products segment. The operational capabilities and innovative pump operations of Phantom Controls combined with the water-flow expertise within our existing fire businesses improve ground safety operations and also reduce operational complexity during mission critical response.

In July 2018, the Company acquired Finger Lakes Instrumentation, a technology leader in the design, development and production of high speed/sensitivity CCD and CMOS cameras and related automation for the astronomy and life science markets. Finger Lakes Instrumentation, with annual revenue of approximately $10 million, will operate within the Health & Science Technologies segment.

Non-U.S. GAAP Measures of Financial Performance

The Company supplements certain U.S. GAAP financial performance metrics with non-U.S. GAAP financial performance metrics in order to provide investors with better insight and increased transparency while also allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of the financial information used by management in its decision making. Reconciliations of non-U.S. GAAP financial performance metrics to their most comparable U.S. GAAP financial performance metrics are defined and presented below and should not be considered a substitute for, nor superior to, the financial data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. There were no adjustments to U.S. GAAP financial performance metrics other than the items noted below.

Organic orders and sales are calculated excluding amounts from acquired or divested businesses during the first twelve months of ownership or divestiture and the impact of foreign currency translation. Adjusted operating income is calculated as operating income plus restructuring expenses. Adjusted operating margin is calculated as adjusted operating income divided by net sales. Adjusted net income is calculated as net income plus restructuring expenses, net of the statutory tax expense or benefit. EBITDA is calculated as net income plus interest expense plus provision for income taxes plus depreciation and amortization. We reconciled EBITDA to net income on a consolidated basis as we do not allocate consolidated interest expense or consolidated provision for income taxes to our segments. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as EBITDA plus restructuring expenses. Free cash flow is calculated as cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures.

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