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Participants
Lisa Curran VP, IR
Jim Lico President and CEO
Chuck McLaughlin SVP and CFO
Steven Winoker UBS
Steve Tusa JPMorgan
Julian Mitchell Barclays
Deane Dray RBC Capital Markets
Andrew Kaplowitz Citigroup
Jeff Sprague Vertical Research
Richard Eastman Baird
Sawyer Rice Morgan Stanley
Scott Graham BMO Capital Markets
Brian Drab William Blair
Joe Giordano Cowen
Charley Brady SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
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Operator

My name is Ian, and I will be your conference facilitator this afternoon. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to Fortive Corporation's First Quarter 2018 Earnings Results Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speaker's remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the call over to Ms. of President Vice Curran, Investor Relations. Lisa Ms. may you begin your conference. Curran,

Lisa Curran

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Jim Lico

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Lisa Curran

Ian. you, Thank

for You can questions. open the line

Operator

[Operator Our Steven question first UBS. of is Instructions] line from Winoker

Steven Winoker

Hey, good morning.

Sorry, Good morning say, I should these used afternoon, to I'm actually calls, right.

just through something the question high quarter first the second to us little on this confidence Can listen, this seeing just know, that rollout that the see GVR you actually if you in isn't give going shifts, second that gives you we're come shift keep quarter? conviction thing to So what a and that of more you kind quarter.

Jim Lico

Yeah. Thanks, Steve.

I and about this. we've is kind think foremost, first like first of the this a shift talked really time

just if to the little order we bit happened really think was back I rate what the quarter saw a end. out more played move the

to quarter. actually So bill our book was one over

that the So second got just orders just get shift some we saw we didn't we was and that out really - backlog the quarter. really them in

really about we So there. feel what's confident

we well. as little few to in that a conversion the rest system that wanted ERP shipping we of given we January. January in implemented the also year we a have I do strong, We at so - that mean, see days did Gilbarco,

combination things the a puts few quarter. really two so And things of second the those into

mid-single second as some into well as year, confident the of we as a as prepared So of year. we digits our the in actually the we've think And we in confidence things quarter mentioned rest mentioned in in I the a give said, the and of conversations, things we'll get that. of be strong positive for about Gilbarco we of remarks, rest the like the we're the combination customer the number seen,

Steven Winoker

then expansion to talk of XX the basis core about operating XX margin And Okay. year. for points you

points basis quarter core. XXX in did You the of

how the in pressures we the of driving what's think the year? about of rest So should sort

Chuck McLaughlin

Steve, this is Chuck.

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Operator

our question Steve And the line from from Tusa JPMorgan. next is of

Steve Tusa

Hey, or guys. Good evening afternoon…

Jim Lico

Good evening.

Steve Tusa

there, out On really Tektronix, guys in promotion, that as you kind as on world are that's of the of been I has you fast. guess Tektronix, well of know, technology channel is growing obviously both what - seeing part side there the robotic the

just next curious quarters? So your as several the is what outlook to there for

Jim Lico

Tek, certainly impact. a to good relative quarter strong we seeing - Yeah, we're saw

in comp we exposure, are strong very of probably we year mid-single digit think bit a have electronic more I where so a off ago. a little from China

that for happen. building Tek. North will sort in strength So good of Steven. just as well, Tek business obviously China America also we was continued semiconductor there beyond broadened feel to like be We're for

prepared I think on will in prepared going we Tek remarks a got we've think technology. is that a there. play in year, referenced of in Kollmorgen. that at we to is strong feel how the remarks new quarter main the we with in and Kollmorgen, the number we'll exposure balance product continued introductions as of in we really about and really Relative number with out prepared world the good out application robotics the discussed in new for our And the around strong see the growth really product strength are that mentioned The remarks. really robotic I the pilots

business So at just good core strong on the little a we second comps, be. about will the Kollmorgen half for the we'll because of where the in We'll the probably moderate still year. remain but feel bit

Steve Tusa

senses I'm today, the running assume like organic that you're out. mix mean, we a to you automation kind do automation, organic obviously out growth you out automation what math the growth high add sure like, you're the do acquisitions this can math, just the up go can well, And net math. of kind same of, Are the not kind you've then this essentially but two I those am and the you comes they they at of So - all single to sure business if for what of got and running is But digit some at. you I'm business do maybe year? then acquisition what do have guy, I know, associates getting

Jim Lico

I think if look… you

Steve Tusa

sense sort any question, make what exact pro of The forma…

Jim Lico

think, to what know you're at. I trying I get

not I principally because all good the all year two ones a quarter think be we and second obviously or Let in now of it the the look as as organically [indiscernible] our number organic name. acquisitions, XX% question the really Fluke were what IFC fourth seeing in of they're me last very helpful the Chuck first we but and through a still There up at same. at big If the - for year, automation separate is to the When the clean we're we good - think we're are up small. - numbers [ph]. they'll half and they in about now. quarter really look Landauer had that we look mostly shot to you automation growth But so three really go number, did right core Orpak, but those on that that the are about is mentioned organic it's what we relative the performance in certainly acquisitions do? eMaint, we core core But around, in we - things that core or out as or like they'll the and through

So exact - the Europe really within same [ph] it really been within almost - number. around it's

Chuck McLaughlin

only more high, we're the to recent multiple gap, right. most I where I probably or over is beat you up giving is years there. that I or would not thing if probably think, add single-digit that's acquisitions think probably exactly be the long-term years, And look the going or

Operator

of And Mitchell our from next Julian is Barclays. question line the

Julian Mitchell

Hi, evening. good

question… a Just

Jim Lico

Hi.

Julian Mitchell

Hi.

go mix through extremely sort of within within be of was year? rebounding. Professional margin in the there strong of that guess, anything for the performance just impact the core fade onetime about margin first spoke But sort or tech balance quarter, may quickly as industrial and I the may You we Instrumentation

Chuck McLaughlin

unique sometimes strong in when and that, Chuck. margins we Professional can growth higher got Instrumentation. Julian, we nothing is It's really like a No, pop and some you in that. this see gross did,

margin - later in expansion. or within Now is we'll be the invest year, evaluating PI about maybe gross operating there we is the nothing much anomalous how margin but

Julian Mitchell

on industrial talking within you. little going There forth. talked a pre-muted and about then, so distribution, the other been I of franchise you Matco bit about is what's guess, Thank around and a And automotive companies lot there. Understood. trends

Just wonder balance the your update give And overall Matco? how can if of you year? the think for franchise you trends an outlook on

Jim Lico

in we Yes. quarter. say It's - really I - good the Matco think, a we from performance

as outperformed relative to company we peer I they industry. the clearly look think,

On the category. backs of like and really diagnostics and good a expo things our tools

I tools think our need do they're away doing. those the Julian, customers right categories, that to work

has that So I speaks to. that think tool a typically been slower. for It's off that something storage, wanted to quarter which if a customer they put could two, or

new think are need I what sales actually better because to So frankly into car sales to the older you're dealers. little three most repair. cars that's is to Quite our bit shops run in opposed as quarters - being seeing. car short repair a And slowing more as of be tend tend

So related are repair of to to sales shops network, most the not our around the they mostly related country. dealer are

to with have we storage. with we said as a few - that 'XX, second tends well with mechanic hours to dollars the we'll economics we 'XX accumulate think, think mechanics in that times start to see correlate think pretty start improved some the think I the this and we So half. tool And downturn,

focused on But not think Matco tied sales the short the we new car very improve half start to we're we're will second to tool So run. start really improve. and will - storage to in hence in

a how strengthen the we I bit now, go but think the year, in it then car from years through Matco to sales see we put then, market the new dent we have think down mentioned, right as little year. continues XX now might for Now

Operator

Deane Markets. And Capital from our the next question RBC of is Dray line

Deane Dray

Thank you. everyone. afternoon, Good

Jim Lico

Hi, Deane.

Deane Dray

questions of on couple a For Fluke.

that us Fluke you any you rental fleet take sales? you you you analogy, question, And it could through on is a offering the that cannibalize said of first The basis? need utilization versus kind does are what economics, use do

Jim Lico

Yes.

Deane, a have part there? second yes, First, you

Deane Dray

the question Fluke of interested just at And you do. channel? the sale, sell-through I'm versus sell-in of then point I second in is the accelerating touched on from the part always

Jim Lico

it. Got Yes.

what economics the program where found down facility the IFC around are pretty have the part we what an frankly we're tends What very taking utilizing often which, months. rental are maybe unknown they was And be two pretty two market, or market the opportunity for the tools. And So we bought this of opposed site upgrades, really once to good. as when is to are to a is saw rental Fluke use the or new three tools. needing not as they to it really found people of accelerate we will is this three that - that quite

So two or months. maybe we think for three

the is payback. upside payback we twice, the a a going to program now a So than it's We just on is less pretty use think year. We And good to a rental us. within - is work of really can of cannibalization basically be for did that. lot really understand and the it rate bit little

So but will point-of-sale It here to point-of-sale, North America. like. saw we POS what the accelerated economics the month-to-month, over move last we bit look good little does feel around a about months. about we pretty feel Relative good Fluke in several

as at as America. well improved remarks, in North prepared mentioned Kollmorgen also Thomson, We we as her saw point-of-sale

continue sort the those three at now get would three where and to that those good. our to pretty things things we good pretty to well think going trajectory So are we weathers And right good. point-of-sale I are that look be is see suggest data, if pretty

Deane Dray

it they them and you're Danaher, That's economics be is then towards drive Fortive, was there was they is focus M&A a the follow-up this it focus wanted big they a sustainable that when threshold it much potential targets? hitting terms work in gross that of for real and for helpful. question, of the got to and margin, XX for that. on for your basis to be above And How M&A or

Jim Lico

always an dynamic level at innovation. We - assess certainly businesses when answer of market quality of an look gross it me - and we important first. of pricing second acquire, important that's part to power, margin trends Well, position, let terms the in ability

about think to higher Difficulty] think the at to margin. more an always So we have those of [Technical revenue how important it's tend kinds we're Relative recurring gross businesses about we be as that looking metric. things,

intention some is these aspect the to the financial portfolio. important accelerate trying of strategic So intent it of kinds somewhat, the of more business but models is into our of

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throughout incredibly when did think we're work That's of our gross teams quarter to do. the work I only proud around in look portfolio, also business innovation, model of the margin. drive we you it's So not FDS the

it think speaks our to year. confidence the I in

Operator

And next from Kaplowitz of Citigroup. from is the our line Andrew question

Andrew Kaplowitz

afternoon, the on guys. I either sales peers just follow-up been shorter you're cycle mentioned two up. I bucking had who you your have some strong, some trend question, Good think a weakness crop of of

Fluke maybe in would is was high focused industrial high any Are I versus you including your think that there, there just up single-digits, say is hitting you you your energy business difference share within single-digits. businesses? markets mentioned between industrial your also up businesses

Jim Lico

differentiate oil it's our to at what from we from think to benefit So getting hard I maybe channels, we us pure look gas. that industrial would when tend some probably think and for

out point-of-sale than I first will in. our the take I to speak So Fluke, just we're - But is faster if sale all. our as maybe core of

feels good. that So

of innovation. good a some we're is probably really share, it market on I job think doing

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Some has pretty high because of our share. market market this is Fluke

do to the of things market. make is So really their have to some

Andrew Kaplowitz

Okay. then I'm as not peers weakness have that Western respond may to elaborate question, Europe in helpful. any you related weakness maybe seem if some doesn't you saw quarter, weaker in region? Easter be prices May whether several or this be slightly the East begun And see improvement But That's will of like sure it's it can here? the on Matco. Middle

Jim Lico

Yes.

just up too. POS wanted I I to think, maybe, come answer

comp tougher now, to while half. We strong start the will we really in second will right - seeing some we're get POS

see So strong POS. we'll history

half, transact working We be where Relative expect because comps good of second to the secular couple might we in Middle the East strong we with they quarter. through some numbers We POS had just their in the will Western OEMs. got a a less little of Europe, good but half. business the off probably a things European be second

number Europe. that our So us like bigger and little good in places a of Kollmorgen, But bit. business we in businesses, saw Fluke

innovation will We then joked January about it to call that the to think good. I on will to the Europe I ends call being think and had pretty up continue they in this continue And we and say, year in trends well. do some the across with, the think, business I that do execution of and our in as job that of robotics to like things really the businesses are driving number good regard a our and like

Operator

And line Vertical next question our from the Jeff Research. is of from Sprague

Jeff Sprague

your are of the I resources there. one maybe Is more business tax. What related spending entitlement think, rate? opportunity Most tax have just you a there guys of there? questions, views on on lot Obviously,

Chuck McLaughlin

planning. entitled but put else when you things There say, of - would and changes I the year think Jeff, looking do can XX% I results. its opportunity team year. business to that option got of proud to to of then of looking the we - as we as model. really idea really certainly has this had exercises QX you for the the our do. be for were there that rate a we what lot options U.S. part year a change bit little higher the outside wouldn't tax that down we I of we acquisitions coming with in was on about here. do say of tax tax a say anything, happy top And than tax mix about it of I to would can better that have wouldn't that, and And just always when think then that lot lot been coming But the see earnings too we're but Part we're and a we're rest to of the likely forward, we them is our lower I lowered reform. the is for do the and also of see

Jim Lico

just Jeff, add. I would

an of Trump the we've day, has tax do rate I of in same think, is done we say our at kind easy think that company. reality in it's team the continuous Chuck improvements Administration, this, - looking for way the it's but two years opportunities. the at end everywhere people I really outstanding job the say and They the else improvement to had applied wouldn't in look than tax to at but pretty less for

Jeff Sprague

to this rate to we tax or nearing Should taxes minus cash or be expect that? plus relative GAAP

Chuck McLaughlin

cash got tax effective rate. now rate tax actually under our our We

to XX% So it the foreseeable is will future going we than less for got be model the

Operator

the from our of is Baird. Eastman line question from And Richard next

Richard Eastman

is I for kind three a growth the your so or the confidence? year for? the four. full noticed Where that talking in Where now, first core for the core guide extra up is are point picks of we digits or of mid-single or... point again, the, by growth about coming Is

Jim Lico

as to we talking growth do turn will We don't half, to deadline. Gilbarco QX second get to So that in change. we the the earlier year to been QX, saw was but the closer be first already share. now that We There quarter of four, to as change timing seem year Jim and mid-single. we've as bit and and going low-single we we see all, the the mentioned But of Gilbarco a really start as little in three the really is first much for - QX. don't rest we've will of always as that from talked being being about see, in a with that guide always about

Richard Eastman

full for year above that's on anything a have little do some nickel that? there there? just we cushion curious is above mid-point? And in here. Okay. tax think I perhaps down the still again I midpoint the in went And if the mix up or the then QX, mean, we're like by guide XX%, $X.XX another adjusted rate comes slippage a Or bit little

Jim Lico

the First And company for fundamentals nickel, or that's the and going for good, $X.XX mid-single that's the high-end year tax at guide penny really the is We going the coming of the rate and of in XX of down growth all, there to of drive digit and really normal like low and FX. that's we another the took on the forward not of different. above basis rest points

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Chuck McLaughlin

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Operator

from question our Rice line is from next And Morgan Stanley. Sawyer the of

Sawyer Rice

here pipeline question obviously but at of will extended stepping I'll my acquisition then sense urgency may to channel you the again the and any out but a maybe have here, and quarter some the capacity here, the size size bring talk maybe are on maybe M&A the on you most us. of post-Altra? a question the bit maybe just in another for multiples seeing and follow-up guys pipeline Any platform of and here, Just be of looking assets in

Jim Lico

Yes.

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Operator

Graham from the question Scott from our is Capital BMO And Markets. next

Scott Graham

of Just a couple questions.

conventional's. of of of on tools the with this and there curve that I conversion percentage Accelix, Where The you last sort at summer, tools are point? tools, the First sort which in of of solutions. spoke was conversion sort made sort think, X% were field number of about XX that connectivity to I guess, of portfolio up of represented

Jim Lico

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Scott Graham

rentals Do it? help the the conversion or hinder speed

Jim Lico

but it, it. hinder they they I think, help don't I don't really

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Operator

next from question William the of Drab is Brian our of Blair. And line

Brian Drab

up you going general, - Business about acquisition, least how business? on thoughts as you digits, business? any little the is the excluding And mid-single orders orders. accretion Just large cut land as a bit in expected? at And regularly in large couple questions here. that in of left that talk a see Can

Jim Lico

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Brian Drab

balance or quick it's quarters granularity which this have slightly more fourth in the Okay. revenue like any you year. organic give growth? looks in Great. organic comp the Is And the terms one coming revenue of, growth, would for the then worse additional of quarter, better mid-single can on us digits one

Jim Lico

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the about And I think I so that's it. think way

Operator

Joe question of our is Giordano from line And the next from Cowen.

Joe Giordano

that very of may someone of current One terms for be your moral cyclicality clear wants who looking the with characteristics you companies this transformation kind in cost things, does has that company have portfolio of into in Got you be are like one how as two for translate No you. portfolio strategy the synergies. not is, of to and else's some characteristics? those may progress

some get what So are maybe that? you ahead doing to of of

Jim Lico

employee continues, this Yes, that more say our I engagement excitement would out never think operation I of higher. has been coming the people - to

portfolio. how of So our the businesses we feel about about good feel and all people

ability the that to Fortive recurring business going something whether I reduce been slightly about, have we've done to revenue, our of might businesses that be of have that on have on ability transformation a improve job services been some bit that in and working of to talking may business, think businesses all maybe will Altra the businesses that, the But is different model to little software. had a and even be the it's cyclicality business more other a all great remaining in regard. aspect some and the

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Joe Giordano

if the our like how And year, Okay. sold? do this that you report, businesses model businesses ANS the contributing to of out those take is rest was for the can the how much segment? that? that if are of core effectively for in in growth you have internal your Chuck, quarter you if just just what model you then, digit And mid-single And

Chuck McLaughlin

second take first. We'll question the

model have through built year. the the We into progress business the business

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Operator

And our a JPMorgan. next question is from from Steve the Tusa follow-up line of

Steve Tusa

next at questions. will on to divestitures? the you gap kind aim done can year impress you closed you do the out loss obviously gap? handle - these year-end, by kind bit have or are you a that comes get on thing kind that from handle comes how to times don't for is bit get a around? you this close and acquisition guidance of something bridge want when to kind the of you that of on expanding the of So kind just to year deals going of bridge time Just How or the from Or next

Jim Lico

track of as the by that But progress on We're making two separately, the end the at with and then really know, can't of done - hard can to do M&A always Steve, first chime very that it. that are then and things get have And are we'll hard. we and deal, I'll we're you we been. that. Those Altra in. looking with that, year. as we very - timing control are you go very We're on Jim working just pleased towards with is we're the working

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Chuck McLaughlin

any I better. couldn't answer

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Operator

BMO next from Markets. our question is a Graham Capital of Scott And from the line follow-up

Scott Graham

on to increase rate lower plus here question EMV. want structure the million a The $XXX I tax ask we're facing market opportunity?

Jim Lico

so. think don't I No,

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the think compliance-driven I situation.

probably going So They obviously do not the be people to would to want idea is that complaint. less happen.

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Scott Graham

Yes.

You easy did segments? Second say is makes both positive in that one one, Chuck,

Chuck McLaughlin

segments? Was in the I've I talked mix segments. the No, positive between was about well both think mix

and the see faster a think, growing years segments, IT within that both through. I showing say PI on we margin of expansion that look a with think that So When can bit I little they fall you drove in those because are more segments. I both

So the yes. be guess, I answer would

Operator

And a Charley we line of have the from Brady question SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. from

Charley Brady

picture chunk broad you GVR. will But thoughts thought bigger of we effectively what's that's kind installed going get longer-term at more that that you a maintain the U.S. good I'm we it. get basis? happens? there Is deadline come about or of Or sure base recurring growth kind here, longer-term question replaced the stream? in to you some be through a When trying to least function around for at How May do of don't product what on the of your GVR. revenue think just a mitigate

Jim Lico

Yes. on back we the We'll certainly where plays revenue coming from year, out. depending probably a that are have

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Operator

further turn this no showing I'm we questions. audio to at time, And it Presenters, have I back that you.

Jim Lico

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seeing to team calls. to to available Lisa Thank and We talking look Chuck soon. are we you. soon. look you for forward forward you So And

Operator

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