ITT Reports Second Quarter 2007 EPS from Continuing Operations of $1.08 with Strong Organic Growth

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) today reported second quarter 2007 earnings from continuing operations of $199 million, or $169 million adjusted to exclude special items including a tax settlement benefit, on revenue of $2.2 billion. Adjusted earnings were up 21 percent or $0.16 to $0.92 per share over the comparable quarter a year earlier, driven by growth in all segments and margin expansion in the Defense Electronics & Services segment. Top-line revenue for the quarter increased 13 percent on a year-over-year basis, with strong international sales growth in ITT's commercial businesses.

ITT also announced today the completion of the sale of its Switches business to Littlejohn & Co. LLC, a private equity firm based in Greenwich, Conn. The divestiture was announced in May.

"Many factors contributed to the strong quarter, including another remarkable operating performance from our Defense segment and strong global sales in Fluid Technology," said Steve Loranger , chairman, president and chief executive officer, ITT Corp. "Ultimately, it's the ongoing commitment of our employees worldwide to exceed customer expectations that enabled us to record double-digit order expansion and achieve significant organic revenue growth during the quarter."

Loranger added, "During the quarter, we also saw the continued execution of our strategy to refine our portfolio with the sale of our Switches business and planned acquisition of International Motion Control, the Buffalo, N.Y.- based manufacturer of motion control products. We believe the stronger-than- expected overall performance of our business will offset anticipated dilution from the acquisition, enabling us to maintain our current earnings guidance of $3.44 to $3.50."

The company forecasts full-year revenue of approximately $8.6 billion, representing expected year-over-year revenue growth of 10 percent.

Investor Call Today

ITT's senior management will host a conference call for investors today at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to review second quarter performance and answer questions. The briefing can be monitored live via webcast at the following address on the company's Web site:

About ITT Corporation

ITT Corporation ( supplies advanced technology products and services in several growth markets. ITT is a global leader in the transport, treatment and control of water, wastewater and other fluids. The company plays a vital role in international security through its defense communications and electronics products; space surveillance and intelligence systems; and advanced engineering and related services. It also serves the growing leisure marine and electrical connectors markets with a wide range of products. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company generated $7.8 billion in 2006 sales. In addition to the New York Stock Exchange, ITT Corporation stock is traded on the Euronext and Frankfurt exchanges.

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ITT believes that investors' understanding of the Company's operating performance is enhanced by the use of certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted GAAP net income and adjusted GAAP EPS, which Management considers useful in providing insight into operating performance, as it excludes the impact of special items that cannot be expected to recur on a quarterly basis. Management also believes that investors can better analyze the Company's revenue and order growth by utilizing organic revenue and organic order growth measures that exclude the effect of foreign exchange translation and the effect of recent acquisitions. In addition, Management considers the use of free cash flow to be an important indication of the Company's ability to make acquisitions, fund pension obligations, buy back outstanding shares and service debt. Free cash flow, adjusted net income, adjusted EPS, organic revenue and organic orders are not financial measures under GAAP, should not be considered as substitutes for cash from operating activities, EPS, net income or revenue as defined by GAAP, and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. A reconciliation to the GAAP equivalents of these non-GAAP measures is set forth in the attached unaudited financial information.

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