Safety and Productivity Solutions in 4Q17
Honeywell International’s (HON) Safety and Productivity Solutions (or SPS) segment is its smallest revenue contributor, accounting for 13.6% of its total revenue in 4Q17. In 4Q16, it accounted for 12.9% of its total revenue. Between 4Q16 and 4Q17, the segment’s revenue rose 14.0% to $1.5 billion from $1.3 billion.
The segment’s revenue growth was primarily driven by double-digit growth from Intelligrated. Higher volumes were seen in industrial safety products, sensing controls, and voice-enabled workflow solutions. The segment reported 12% organic growth and 2% growth from favorable currency translations due to continued weakness in the US dollar.
Net income and margin
Between 4Q16 and 4Q17, the SPS segment’s net income rose 24.9% to $231.0 million from $185.0 million. Higher volumes and productivity led to the segment’s margin expanding by 150 basis points, to 15.7% from 14.3%.
The SPS segment’s revenue growth is expected to be primarily driven by continued Intelligrated growth. Honeywell’s acquisition of SCAME Sistemi, a leading provider of fire and gas management systems, will also add to its revenue.
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