FMC Says 3Q05 Revenue Up 11%

FMC Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FTI) reported third quarter 2005 revenue of $776 million, up 11 percent over the prior-year quarter on the strength of the subsea systems and surface wellhead businesses. Profit before tax of $56.1 million improved 81 percent over the prior-year quarter. Third quarter 2005 diluted earnings per share of $0.65 includes an $0.08 per share net benefit from two items, a $0.14 per share negative impact from a loss provision for the Sonatrach project and a $0.22 per share positive impact from the sale of MODEC, Inc. stock. Third quarter 2004 diluted earnings per share of $0.32 included a $0.04 per share negative impact from a loss provision for the Sonatrach project.

“We had a strong third quarter led by the continuing strength of our energy businesses,” said Joseph H. Netherland, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our subsea systems revenue improved more than 27 percent and revenue from our surface business improved significantly over the prior-year quarter. Additionally, we improved our operating profit margin in the Energy Processing segment for the third consecutive quarter. Excluding the negative impact from Sonatrach cost increases, the positive impact from the sale of MODEC, Inc. stock, and the estimated negative impact due to the tax charge associated with the anticipated repatriation of foreign earnings under the Homeland Investment provision of the JOBS Act, we now believe that full-year 2005 diluted earnings per share will be in a range of $1.75 to $1.85, up from the $1.60 to $1.80 estimate we provided last quarter.”

Including the negative $0.48 year-to-date diluted earnings per share impact from the Sonatrach project cost increases, the positive $0.22 diluted earnings per share impact from the sale of MODEC, Inc., stock and the estimated $0.36 diluted earnings per share impact of the tax charge associated with the anticipated repatriation of foreign earnings, 2005 full-year diluted earnings per share are now expected to be in a range of $1.13 to $1.23.

Review of Operations – Third Quarter 2005

Revenue for Energy Systems, comprising Energy Production Systems and Energy Processing Systems, was $560.3 million in the third quarter of 2005, up 15 percent from $488.1 million in the third quarter of 2004. Energy Systems’ operating profit for the third quarter was $32.0 million and includes a $16.0 million charge for losses on the Sonatrach project. For the same period in 2004, Energy Systems’ operating profit was $29.1 million and included a $4.4 million loss from the Sonatrach project.

Energy Systems’ inbound orders were $600.4 million for the third quarter of 2005, up $110.8 million compared to the third quarter of 2004. Energy Systems’ total backlog at the end of the third quarter of 2005 was $1.60 billion compared to $1.35 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2004.

Energy Production Systems’ third quarter 2005 revenue of $428.2 million increased 18 percent over the prior-year quarter. The quarter-over-quarter increase was due mainly to higher subsea systems revenue of $323 million, up 27 percent from the prior-year quarter and to a lesser extent surface wellhead volume. Segment operating profit of $16.8 million includes the $16.0 million loss provision for the Sonatrach project, which more than offset higher operating profit from increased volume in the subsea and surface businesses. Segment operating profit for Energy Production was $20.2 million in the prior-year quarter and included a $4.4 million loss on the Sonatrach project.

Energy Production Systems’ inbound orders of $457 million for the third quarter were up $77 million over the prior-year quarter. Inbound order increases from all businesses within the segment contributed to the quarter-over-quarter improvement. Energy Production Systems’ backlog of $1.4 billion is $204.2 million higher than the prior-year third quarter on the strength of subsea and surface wellhead. Subsea backlog of $1.2 billion is up 19 percent above the third quarter of 2004.

Energy Processing Systems’ third quarter revenue of $132.8 million was up 5 percent from the prior-year quarter. Strong demand for fluid control products, including WECO®/Chiksan® equipment, was the primary driver of the quarter-over-quarter revenue improvement. Operating profit of $15.2 million was up $6.3 million, a 71 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2004. Higher sales volume and pricing for WECO®/Chiksan® products as well as operating margin improvements across all Energy Processing businesses resulted in segment operating margins of 11.5 percent compared to 7.0 percent in the prior-year quarter. Energy Processing Systems’ inbound orders were $144.1 million for the third quarter, up 30 percent from the prior-year quarter due mainly to demand for loading systems. Energy Processing Systems’ backlog of $171.3 million is up 32 percent from the prior-year quarter mainly on the strength of loading systems orders.

FoodTech’s third quarter revenue of $132.5 million was 4 percent below the third quarter of 2004. Revenue from tomato processing equipment was lower but was partially offset by strong North American sales for sterilization, freezing and cooking equipment. FoodTech’s operating profit of $8.4 million is essentially level with the prior-year quarter. Improvements in freezing and cooking systems, from improved operating margins, as well as from higher volume in the North American sterilization market, were offset by lower volumes in the tomato processing business. Inbound orders of $136.8 million were up $9.8 million from the prior-year quarter primarily from orders for sterilization and canning equipment. Backlog of $157.1 million is up 20 percent from the prior-year quarter.

Airport Systems’ third quarter revenue of $85.9 million was 13 percent higher compared with the third quarter of 2004. Revenue improved over the prior-year quarter due to stronger sales for ground support equipment to freight carriers and international airlines and increased sales from the airport service business due to new project awards. Operating profit of $8.5 million improved 40 percent from the prior-year quarter mainly due to higher ground support volume and airport services business. Operating margins in the segment of 9.9 percent improved from 8.0 percent in the prior-year quarter. Inbound orders were $66.4 million in the third quarter of 2005, up 11 percent from 2004 on stronger orders for ground support equipment, more than offsetting the reduction of the Halvorsen loader order. Backlog of $103.2 million is down from $131.0 million in the prior-year quarter on lower volume for Jetway passenger boarding bridges and the planned decline of the Halvorsen loader contract.

Corporate expense in the third quarter of 2005 was $7.6 million, $1.3 million above the prior-year period, due in large part to audit-related expenses for Sarbanes-Oxley and higher compensation expense. Other expense, net, of $8.9 million is $4.1 million above prior-year quarter due to an unfavorable impact of foreign currency, higher stock-based compensation expense and higher LIFO expense. Corporate items also include the $25.3 million gain from the sale of MODEC, Inc. stock.

Net interest expense in the third quarter of 2005 was $1.6 million, up from $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2004.

In the third quarter, a favorable tax adjustment of $5.2 million was recorded due to the completion of audits of prior year tax returns.

Debt, less cash, at the end of the third quarter of 2005 was $53 million, down $111.3 million from the end of the second quarter of 2005, due mainly to cash received from the sale of MODEC, Inc. stock. In the quarter, $5.1 million of cash was used to repurchase 125,000 shares of FMC Technologies common stock.

Depreciation and amortization for the third quarter of 2005 was $16.5 million. Capital expenditures during the third quarter of 2005 totaled $21.8 million.

Summary and Outlook

FMC Technologies reported diluted earnings per share of $0.65 for the third quarter 2005. Diluted earnings per share included significant items; a negative $0.14 impact from losses on the Sonatrach project and a positive $0.22 impact from the sale of MODEC, Inc. stock. Diluted earnings per share of $0.32 in the prior-year quarter included a negative $0.04 impact from losses on the Sonatrach project.

Energy Systems’ revenue grew 15 percent over the prior-year quarter on the strength of subsea and surface revenues. Segment operating profit in Energy Processing improved 71 percent over the prior-year quarter. FoodTech operating profit was level with prior-year quarter. Airport Systems’ operating profit improved on increased ground support volume and increased airport services business. A new record backlog of $1.9 billion was reported on the strength of subsea systems.

The Company estimates the negative impact of the tax charge associated with the decision to repatriate foreign earnings under the Homeland Investment provisions of the JOBS Act will be approximately $0.36 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2005.

The Company now expects 2005 full-year diluted earnings per share in a range of $1.13 to $1.23, including the $0.48 year-to-date negative impact from the Sonatrach project, the $0.22 positive impact from the sale of MODEC, Inc. stock and the estimated $0.36 negative impact related to the fourth quarter tax charge associated with repatriation under the JOBS Act.

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