Safety & Productivity Solutions in Q2 2018

Honeywell International’s (HON) SPS (Safety & Productivity Solutions) segment is its smallest but fastest growing. In Q2 2018, its contribution to HON’s total revenue expanded YoY (year-over-year) to 14.8% from ~13.1%, rising YoY to $1.61 billion from $1.43 billion.

Why HON’s Safety & Productivity Solutions Revenue Grew in Q2 2018

HON’s Intelligrated business grew by double digits (11%), driven by projects and services, growing demand for new mobility products, and higher industrial safety and retail volumes. Foreign currency boosted the segment’s revenue growth by 2%.

Net income and margins

In Q2 2018, the SPS segment’s net income rose by an impressive 24.8% YoY to $267 million from $214 million, driven by higher volumes and commercial strength. As the segment’s operating income growth outpaced its revenue growth, its margin expanded by 150 basis points YoY to 16.5% from 15.0%.

Outlook

The segment’s revenue is expected to grow due to project backlogs, new product launches, and double-digit growth in China and India. This growth is expected to improve the segment’s margin.

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