TE Connectivity's 3Q Results: Postgame Scorecard

Editor's Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly compared TE Connectivity's fully-reported quarterly EPS of 46 cents to analyst expectations. Excluding special items, the company earned 79 cents, compared to expectations of 78 cents. 

TE Connectivity's (NYSE:TEL) net income fell in the third quarter.

Earnings and Revenue  The company's adjusted EPS of 79 cents a share topped Wall Street's estimates by a penny. Meanwhile, revenues of $3.5 billion came in slightly short of the $3.56 billion expected.

The company's net income for the quarter came in at $199 million, compared to $355 million in the same period the year before.

Official Comment:  "We executed well in Q3 delivering EPS at our guidance level, increasing adjusted operating margins to 14% and generating free cash flow of $414 million," said TE Connectivity Chief Executive Officer Tom Lynch. "Sales were up 8% sequentially although slightly below our expectations due to a weaker Euro and softness in our Network Solutions segment. Based on current order trends, we expect fourth quarter sales of approximately $3.4 billion with adjusted operating margins holding around 14%. We expect to generate in excess of $1.3 billion of free cash flow in fiscal 2012 and plan to restart our share repurchase program in the fourth quarter."

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