Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE:JCI) (JCI) today reported record sales and income for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2000. The year 2000 was the company’s 54th consecutive year of sales increases, its tenth straight year of record earnings and the 25th consecutive year of dividend increases.
Mr. James H. Keyes, Johnson Controls chairman and chief executive officer, said, “I am gratified by the performance of Johnson Controls employees who have demonstrated their ability to continuously improve and deliver on our commitments to our customers and our shareholders. In 2000, as in years past, our success can be attributed, not to any single event or program, but to the combined achievements of Johnson Controls 100,000 employees.” Full-Year Consolidated Results

Sales for the full year totaled $17,154.6 million, up 6% from $16,139.4 million for 1999. Operating income increased 13% to $965.0 million from the prior year’s $854.9 million. Net income rose to $472.4 million, up 22% from $387.1 million for 1999. The net income increase was aided by a decline in interest expense due to strong cash flow from operations. Diluted earnings per share for 2000 were 23% higher, reaching $5.09 compared with $4.13 for the prior year. Income amounts for fiscal 1999 exclude a one-time gain realized in the second quarter associated with the sale of businesses.

Johnson Controls said that its cash flow from operations enabled it to improve its ratio of total debt to total capitalization to approximately 41% at September 30, 2000 from 45% at the end of fiscal 1999. In addition, the company reported that its return on invested capital improved over the prior year.

4th Quarter Consolidated Results

Sales for the three months ended September 30, 2000 declined 3% to $4,088.7 million from $4,195.0 million for the same period of fiscal 1999. Before the effect of currency translation, sales were approximately level with the prior year. Operating income was $290.6 million, 6% higher than the prior year’s $273.1 million. Net income rose to $151.2 million ($1.63 per diluted share), up 16% from $130.5 million ($1.38 per diluted share) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 1999.

Automotive Systems Group
4th Quarter Year
2000 1999 % 2000 1999 %
Sales $2,898.1 3,028.2 (4) 12,738.5 12,075.1 5
Income $220.3 209.7 5 765.2 682.4 12

The Automotive Systems Group achieved record sales and operating income for fiscal 2000, as well as improvements in operating margins for both the fourth quarter and full year.

The full-year sales increase reflects slightly higher industry vehicle production in North America and Europe, new seating and interiors contracts and higher sales of batteries. The effect of currency translation from the Euro reduced automotive sales by approximately $480 million for the year 2000. In the fourth quarter, the 4% decline in sales was due to the effect of currency translation on European sales and a slight decline in the domestic vehicle production. The company said that sales for the periods ended September 30 do not include any revenues associated with the acquisition of Ikeda Bussan, a Japanese seat supplier, which was completed in September 2000 and is expected to add approximately $1.2 billion in sales in fiscal 2001.

Operating margin for the automotive segment increased to 6.0% from 5.7% for the full year and to 7.6% from 6.9% for the fourth quarter. The improvements are attributed to effective quality and cost initiatives worldwide, which more than offset higher spending associated with new product technology and engineering in support of future growth.

Controls Group
4th Quarter Year
2000 1999 % 2000 1999 %
Sales $1,190.6 1,166.8 2 4,416.1 4,064.3 9
Income $70.3 63.4 11 199.8 172.5 16

The Controls Group supplies nonresidential buildings with a broad line of systems, services and facility management to improve the quality of indoor environments while reducing operating and energy costs. Sales and operating income for both the three and twelve months ended September 30, 2000 were record highs. The increased revenues primarily reflect growth in North America associated with a higher level of control system installation activity for both the new construction and existing buildings market. Integrated facility management growth reflects the expansion and addition of contracts, principally in the North American and Japanese commercial markets.
Operating margins for the Controls Group increased to 4.5% from 4.2% for the full year and to 5.9% from 5.4% for the fourth quarter. The increases reflect the higher volume, together with improved productivity and quality. The backlog of uncompleted control system installation contracts at the end of 2000 was 15% higher than one year ago.


For fiscal 2001, Johnson Controls anticipates achieving double-digit growth in sales and net income. Mr. Keyes added that, “Sales by both our automotive and controls groups are expected to grow by over 10% on a full-year basis as we integrate the acquisition of Ikeda Bussan and launch new contracts in the automotive and facilities markets. I am also confident that the investments we are making in product and process technology, including electronics and internet based systems, will improve our ability to offer our global customers innovative ways to increase their success.”

Note: Johnson Controls is a global market leader in automotive systems and facility management and control. In the automotive market, it is a major supplier of seating and interior systems, and batteries. For nonresidential facilities, Johnson Controls provides building control systems and services, energy management and integrated facility management. Johnson Controls, founded in 1885, has headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Its sales for 2000 totaled over $17 billion.

The company has made forward-looking statements in this document that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include information concerning possible or assumed future risks and may include words such as “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates” or similar expressions. For those statements, the company cautions that the numerous important factors discussed in the company’s Form 8-K (dated October 11, 1999) could affect the company’s actual results and could cause its actual consolidated results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement made by, or on behalf of, the company.

(in millions, except per share data; unaudited)
Three Months
Ended September 30, Year Ended September 30,
2000 1999 2000 1999
Net sales $4,088.7 $4,195.0 $17,154.6 $16,139.4
Cost of sales 3,407.5 3,543.6 14,560.1 13,815.5
Gross profit 681.2 651.4 2,594.5 2,323.9
Selling, general
and administrative
expenses 390.6 378.3 1,629.5 1,469.0
Operating income 290.6 273.1 965.0 854.9
Interest income 4.5 5.3 16.1 17.3
Interest expense (31.7) (37.0) (127.6) (153.3)
Gain on sale of
businesses (c) -- -- -- 54.6
Miscellaneous - net 2.1 (1.4) 2.2 (3.6)
Other income (expense) (25.1) (33.1) (109.3) (85.0)
Income before income
taxes and minority
interests 265.5 240.0 855.7 769.9
Provision for
income taxes 105.2 97.1 338.9 311.7
Minority interests
in net earnings
of subsidiaries 9.1 12.4 44.4 38.6
Net income $151.2 $130.5 $472.4 $419.6
Earnings available
for common
shareholders $148.7 $124.7 $462.6 $406.6
Earnings per
share (a, d)
Basic $1.73 $1.47 $5.40 $4.78
Diluted $1.63 $1.38 $5.09 $4.48
a. Earnings per share for the year ended September 30, 1999 include a
gain on the sale of the Automotive Systems Group's Industrial Battery
Division, net of a loss related to the disposal of a small Controls
Group operation in the United Kingdom, of $.38 per basic share and
$.35 per diluted share. See footnote 3 on page 5.

(dollars in millions; unaudited)

Three Months Year Ended
Ended September 30, September 30,
2000 1999 2000 1999
Depreciation $96 $91 $385 $363
of intangibles $19 $23 $77 $82
Capital expenditures $164 $184 $547 $514
Free cash flow
(Net income plus
depreciation and
minus capital
expenditures) $102 $60 $388 $319*
Total debt to
total capitalization 41% 45% 41% 45%
Free cash flow for the year ended September 30, 1999 excludes a
one-time gain on the sale of businesses of $32.5 million, after-tax.
See footnote c.

b. Effective September 1, 2000, the Company completed the acquisition of a controlling interest in Ikeda Bussan Co. Ltd. (Ikeda), a Japanese supplier of automotive seating. Ikeda is the primary supplier of seating to the Nissan group and had consolidated net sales in 1999 of approximately $1.2 billion. The closing followed the expiration of the friendly tender offer for Ikeda’s shares, with the Company paying approximately $70 million, plus the assumption of $115 million of debt, for approximately 90% of the outstanding shares. The acquisition was accounted for as a purchase. The excess of the purchase price over the estimated fair value of the acquired net assets, which approximated $160 million at the date of acquisition, was recorded as goodwill. The operating results of Ikeda for September 2000, which were not material, have not been included in the Consolidated Statement of Income. The acquisition will be financed with yen-denominated long-term debt.

c. On March 1, 1999, the Company completed the sale of the Automotive Systems Group’s Industrial Battery Division for approximately $135 million. The Industrial Battery Division had sales of approximately $87 million for the fiscal year ended September 30, 1998. The Company also recorded a loss related to the disposal of a small Controls Group operation in the United Kingdom. The net gain on these transactions was $54.6 million ($32.5 million or $.38 per basic share and $.35 per diluted share, after-tax).

d. Basic earnings per share are computed by dividing net income, after deducting dividend requirements on the Series D Convertible Preferred Stock, by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted earnings are computed by deducting from net income the after-tax compensation expense which would arise from the assumed conversion of the Series D Convertible Preferred Stock, which was $1.1 million and $3.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2000 and 1999, respectively, and $4.4 million and $6.9 million for the year ended September 30, 2000 and 1999, respectively. Diluted weighted average shares assume the conversion of the Series D Convertible Preferred Stock, if dilutive, plus the dilutive effect of common stock equivalents which would arise from the exercise of stock options.

Three Months Ended           Year Ended
September 30, September 30,
2000 1999 2000 1999
Average Shares (in millions)
Basic 85.9 85.4 85.7 85.1
Diluted 92.0 92.5 91.9 92.1