Net earnings were $172.2 million, an increase of 73% as compared to $99.4 million for the prior year period. Diluted net earnings per share (EPS) for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, were $1.09, compared to $0.64 EPS in the prior year period, representing an increase of 70%.
“I am very pleased with our first quarter business activity and results,” Robert A. Livingston, Dover’s president and CEO, said. “The revenue growth of 12% was broad-based and bookings grew 21%, resulting in a strong book-to-bill of 1.12. Of particular note, organic revenue and bookings grew 4% and 12%, respectively.
“Among the highlights in the quarter was an acceleration in the recovery of our US drilling and production market. At the same time, business activity was also very solid in our printing & identification, retail fueling, and retail refrigeration markets, as well as the majority of our other industrial markets. As a result of the solid first quarter performance, higher expectations in Energy, and overall strong bookings activity, we are raising our full year revenue and EPS guidance.”