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April 24, 2012

UTC Reports First Quarter EPS Growth from Continuing Operations of 24 Percent; Increases Restructuring and Affirms 2012 Sales and EPS Outlook

HARTFORD, Conn. - United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) today reported first quarter 2012 results. All results in this release reflect continuing operations unless otherwise noted.

Earnings per share of $1.31 and net income attributable to common shareowners of $1.2 billion, were up 24 percent and 22 percent, respectively, over the year ago quarter. Results for the current quarter include $0.30 per share of net favorable one-time items, partially offset by $0.09 of restructuring costs. Earnings per share in the year ago quarter included $0.02 of restructuring costs. Before these items, earnings per share increased 2 percent year over year. Net foreign currency translation and hedges at Pratt & Whitney Canada had an adverse impact of $0.02 in the quarter.

Sales for the quarter of $12.4 billion were 2 percent below prior year reflecting net divestitures of 2 points and adverse foreign currency translation of 1 point. Organic sales increased 1 percent over the year ago quarter. First quarter segment operating margin at 14.6 percent was 20 basis points higher than prior year. Adjusted for restructuring costs and net one-time items, segment operating margin at 14.6 percent was 10 basis points lower than prior year. Research and development costs increased year over year by $77 million to $547 million.

“Earnings per share exceeded the expectations reviewed with investors at our March 15 meeting on stronger momentum in our U.S. residential HVAC business at the end of the quarter,” said Louis Chênevert, UTC Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to deliver earnings growth even as we make transformational changes to our portfolio and invest in game changing technologies.”

New equipment orders at Otis were down 9 percent over the year ago first quarter, including favorable foreign exchange of 1 percentage point, driven by the expected slow start to the year in China. North American Residential HVAC new equipment orders at UTC Climate, Controls & Security grew 10 percent. Commercial spares orders were up 1 percent at Hamilton Sundstrand and down 3 percent at Pratt & Whitney’s large engine business, after growing 23 percent and 33 percent, respectively, in the year ago first quarter.

“Continued focus on cost reduction and strong execution will allow us to deliver earnings per share in 2012 of $5.30 to $5.50, up 0 to 4 percent, on sales of $61 to $62 billion, including Goodrich,” Chênevert added. “Given the uneven economic environment, we will invest $450 million in restructuring this year and expect net one-time gains of $600 million. This is compared with previous expectations of $350 million and $500 million, respectively.”

Cash flow from operations was $1.3 billion and capital expenditures were $188 million in the quarter. Net income attributable to common shareowners of $1.2 billion included $268 million of net favorable non-cash one-time items. Acquisition spending was $72 million and there was no share repurchase. UTC does not anticipate share repurchase in 2012 and has a placeholder of $500 million for acquisitions excluding the proposed Goodrich and International Aero Engines transactions, both of which are expected to close mid-year.

“We had a strong start to the year, with good cash generation across the businesses,” Chênevert said. “We continue to expect UTC’s cash flow from operations less capital expenditures to meet or exceed net income attributable to common shareowners for the year.”

Earnings per share from discontinued operations were a loss of $0.94 in the quarter, reflecting the previously disclosed goodwill impairment charges for Rocketdyne and Clipper, as well as tax adjustments associated with the planned divestiture of the Hamilton Sundstrand Industrial businesses.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. Additional information, including a webcast, is available on the Internet at http://www.utc.com.

The accompanying tables include information integral to assessing the company’s financial position, operating performance, and cash flow, including a reconciliation of differences between non-GAAP measures used in this release and the comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States.

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