CNH Industrial ( CNHI Quick Quote CNHI - Free Report) posted fourth-quarter 2020 adjusted earnings per share of 30 cents, increasing 50% year over year and comfortably surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 15 cents. Higher-than-anticipated revenues from industrial activities (comprising Agricultural Equipment, Construction Equipment, Commercial and Specialty vehicles, and Powertrain segments) resulted in this outperformance.
For the fourth quarter, consolidated revenues climbed 10.5% from the year-ago level to $8,501 million and topped the consensus mark of $7,659 million. The company’s net sales for industrial activities came in at $8,035 million, up 11.8% year on year.
For the December-end quarter, net sales in the Agricultural Equipment segment climbed 17% year over year to $3,425 million. The metric also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,086 million. Moreover, the segment’s adjusted EBIT came in at $379 million, soaring 60.5% from the year-ago quarter on higher volumes, positive price realization, and reduced SG&A expenses.
The Construction Equipment segment’s sales scaled up 6.4% year over year to $752 million for fourth-quarter 2020. Revenues from the unit also outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $676 million. Adjusted EBIT came in at $10 million, up 233.3% year over year on the back of favorable volume and mix, as well as persistent focus on operational efficiency.
Revenues in Commercial and Specialty vehicles increased 9.8% year on year to $3,290 million, beating the consensus mark of $2,283 million. Adjusted EBIT skyrocketed from $3 million in fourth-quarter 2019 to $110 million for the quarter under review. This upside primarily stemmed from positive price realization and favorable product mix, especially in Europe and South America.
The Powertrain segment’s quarterly revenues jumped 19.4% year over year to $1,204 million. The reported figure also topped the consensus estimate of $958 million. Adjusted EBIT was $110 million, up 30.9% year over year amid lower regulatory expenses and favorable volume mix.
The Financial Services segment revenues dropped 8.7% year over year to $485 million for the fourth quarter due to forex losses and lower average portfolio in North America. The reported figure also missed the consensus mark of $611 million. Net income from the segment plunged 35.5% from the prior-year quarter to $60 million.
CNH Industrial had cash and cash equivalents of $8,785 million as of Dec 31, 2020 compared with $4,875 million in the corresponding period of 2019. The company’s debt increased to $26,053 million as of Dec 31, 2020 from $24,854 million in the comparable period of 2019. The firm had available liquidity of $15,871 million as of Dec 31, 2020 compared with $11,305 million in the same period last year.
CNH Industrial’s cash provided by operating activities was $2,644 million during the reported quarter compared with $2,028 million in the prior-year period. Free cash flow (FCF) from industrial activities came in at $2,365 million for the fourth quarter, up from $1,711 million recorded in the prior-year period.
CNH Industrial expects net sales from industrial activities (including currency-translation effects) for 2021 to increase 8-12% year on year. The company envisions FCF from industrial activities for the ongoing year within $0.4-$0.8 billion.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
CNH Industrial currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the auto sector include
Daimler AG ( DDAIF Quick Quote DDAIF - Free Report) , Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. ( GELYY Quick Quote GELYY - Free Report) and Volkswagen AG ( VWAGY Quick Quote VWAGY - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank of 2 (Buy), at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here. Biggest Tech Breakthrough in a Generation
Be among the early investors in the new type of device that experts say could impact society as much as the discovery of electricity. Current technology will soon be outdated and replaced by these new devices. In the process, it’s expected to create 22 million jobs and generate $12.3 trillion in activity.
A select few stocks could skyrocket the most as rollout accelerates for this new tech. Early investors could see gains similar to buying Microsoft in the 1990s. Zacks’ just-released special report reveals 8 stocks to watch. The report is only available for a limited time.
See 8 breakthrough stocks now>>