August 23, 2018 / 12:49 PM / in 2 months

Honeywell raises 2018 profit forecast, to get spin-off dividends

(Reuters) - Airplane parts maker Honeywell International Inc (HON.N) raised its full-year profit forecast for the fourth time this year on Thursday and said it would receive $3 billion in one-time dividends from units it plans to spin off as part of a company reorganization.

The company said it now expects adjusted earnings of $8.10 to $8.20 per share for 2018, compared with its previous forecast of $8.05 to $8.15 per share.

Honeywell said the revised forecast reflected strength in its end markets, at a time when commercial jet orders have been booming, as well as an accounting change related to some asbestos liabilities.

The company said last year it would spin off its home and ADI global distribution business and transportation systems into two independent, publicly traded companies by end 2018.

Garrett Motion Inc is the transportation systems spin-off and Resideo Technologies Inc is the homes and ADI global distribution spin-off.

The Garrett spin-off will be completed at the end of the third quarter, and the Resideo spin will be completed by the end of the year, the company said.

On or around the effective date of each spin-off, Honeywell said it would get one-time dividends from Garrett and Resideo, totaling about $3 billion, which the company intends to use to pay down its debt and repurchase shares.

Honeywell said the two businesses were together worth about $7.5 billion in annualized sales.

Shares of the company were up 2 percent at $159.6 in premarket trade on Thursday.

Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

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