Rockwell Automation Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

Share Repurchases - During the first quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company repurchased 0.5 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $100.0 million. At December 31, 2019, $1.0 billion remained available under our existing share repurchase authorizations.

ROIC - Return on invested capital was 32.9 percent.

Non-GAAP Measures - Organic sales, total segment operating earnings, total segment operating margin, Adjusted Income, Adjusted EPS, Adjusted Effective Tax Rate, free cash flow, and return on invested capital are non-GAAP measures that are reconciled to GAAP measures in the attachments to this release.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the quarterly results will be held at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. The call will be an audio webcast and accessible on the Rockwell Automation website ( Presentation materials will also be available on the website prior to the call.

Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing the following numbers: (833) 236-2747 in the U.S. and Canada; (647) 689-4172 for other countries. Use the following passcode: 5084645. Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.

Both the presentation materials and a replay of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Rockwell Automation website through February 28, 2020.

This news release contains statements (including certain projections and business trends) that are “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “believe”, “estimate”, “project”, “plan”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “will”, “intend” and other similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, including but not limited to:

  • macroeconomic factors, including global and regional business conditions, the availability and cost of capital, commodity prices, the cyclical nature of our customers’ capital spending, sovereign debt concerns and currency exchange rates;
  • laws, regulations and governmental policies affecting our activities in the countries where we do business, including those related to tariffs, taxation, and trade controls;
  • the availability and price of components and materials;
  • the successful execution of our cost productivity initiatives;
  • the availability, effectiveness and security of our information technology systems;
  • our ability to manage and mitigate the risk related to security vulnerabilities and breaches of our products, solutions and services;
  • the successful development of advanced technologies and demand for and market acceptance of new and existing hardware and software products;
  • our ability to manage and mitigate the risks associated with our solutions and services businesses;
  • competitive hardware and software products, solutions and services and pricing pressures, and our ability to provide high quality products, solutions and services;
  • disruptions to our distribution channels or the failure of distributors to develop and maintain capabilities to sell our products;
  • the successful integration and management of strategic transactions and achievement of the expected benefits of these transactions;
  • a disruption of our business due to natural disasters, pandemics, acts of war, strikes, terrorism, social unrest or other causes;
  • intellectual property infringement claims by others and the ability to protect our intellectual property;
  • the uncertainty of claims by taxing authorities in the various jurisdictions where we do business;
  • our ability to attract, develop, and retain qualified personnel;
  • the uncertainties of litigation, including liabilities related to the safety and security of the hardware and software products, solutions and services we sell;
  • risks associated with our investment in common stock of PTC Inc., including the potential for volatility in our reported quarterly earnings associated with changes in the market value of such stock;
  • our ability to manage costs related to employee retirement and health care benefits; and
  • other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 23,000 problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100 countries. To learn more about how we are bringing The Connected Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit



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