SOUTHFIELD, Michigan -- Johnson Controls Inc., the largest U.S. auto supplier, gained 5.2 percent after forecasting per-share profit and revenue growth for the 2012 fiscal year.
Johnson Controls shares rose to $31.72 at at the close in New York on Wednesday. The company's stock has dropped 17 percent this year.
Profit in the year that ends Sept. 30, 2012, will be $2.85 a share to $3 a share, including 9 cents to fund pensions and consolidate a lithium-ion battery joint venture, a gain of as much as 23 percent from fiscal year 2011.
The average estimate of 22 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg is for a profit of $3.11 a share, excluding the one-time items.
"The guidance of at least 20 percent earnings growth is much better than what is priced into the stock," David Leiker, an analyst with Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee, said in an e-mail.
Sales will be about $44.2 billion, compared with $44.6 billion, the average estimate of 20 analysts, Johnson Controls said Wednesday before its investor day conference in New York.
Profit in the quarter that ended Sept. 30 increased to 75 cents a share, excluding some costs, compared with 60 cents a year earlier, Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls said Wednesday in a preliminary earnings statement.
The average estimate of 21 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was for a profit of 78 cents a share. Sales in the quarter were $10.7 billion, compared with an average estimate of $10.5 billion.
The company said sales and margins will improve in its three business units, and it forecast higher auto production in North America and China, while Europe mostly will be unchanged.
Johnson Controls received 48 percent of its $34.3 billion in revenue in its fiscal 2010 from its auto parts unit, which makes seats and instrument panels. Johnson Controls also makes car batteries and systems to manage building climate and security. The company said it plans $1.7 billion in capital investments this year.
"The company's long-term growth story is intact," CEO Stephen Roell said in the statement. Johnson Controls will release full fourth-quarter results Oct. 27.
Johnson Controls of Milwaukee ranks No.7 on the Automotive News Europe list of the top 100 global suppliers with $16.6 billion in global parts sales to automakers in 2010.