Johnson Controls' unit sale slashes net income; EPS rises

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Posted: Oct 29, 2015 7:42 AM

(Reuters) - Johnson Controls Inc <JCI.N>, which makes automotive batteries and building heating and cooling units, posted lower net income from continuing operations for the fiscal fourth quarter on Thursday, largely due to the sale of a business segment.

The largest U.S. auto parts supplier expects earnings of 80 to 83 cents per diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, which it said would be an increase of 8 to 12 percent over the year-ago quarter.

Johnson Controls posted net income from continuing operations of $3 million, down from $331 million in the same quarter a year ago.

The 93 percent decrease was attributed to the sale of its Global Workplace Solutions business which was completed on Sept. 1, and other one-time nonrecurring items, Johnson Controls' investor relations director, Kathryn Campbell, said.

Shares were down 2 percent at $44.09 on Thursday morning.

The company posted net income of $23 million in the fiscal fourth quarter ended Sept. 30, but $20 million of that was attributed to non-majority joint venture partners.

Revenue from all three of its business segments declined to $8.75 billion, compared with $9.95 billion a year ago.

Adjusted non-GAAP earnings from continuing operations were $1.04 per share, up from a revised 97 cents in the same period a year ago. Analysts had expected earnings per share for the quarter of $1.01.

Johnson Controls said the target date for the spin-off of its automotive segment into a separate publicly traded entity is Oct. 1, 2016.

The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based company said in July it planned to spin off its low-margin automotive interiors business within 12 months and would focus on expanding its battery-manufacturing and building heating and cooling segments.

(Reporting by Meredith Davis in Chicago; Editing by Matthew Lewis)