TE Connectivity Ltd. ( TEL Quick Quote TEL - Free Report) has reported third-quarter fiscal 2021 adjusted earnings of $1.79 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 13.3%. The figure surged 203.4% year over year. Net sales in the reported quarter were $3.8 billion, which beat the consensus mark of $3.7 billion. The figure rose 51% from the year-ago quarter. Top-line growth was driven by well-performing transportation, communications and industrial solutions of the company. However, TE Connectivity witnessed pandemic-induced supply-chain constraints, which were acting as headwinds. Nevertheless, the company’s strong momentum across hybrid and electric vehicles, and data and devices remains a major positive. Top-Line Details Transportation Solutions: The segment generated $2.3 billion, which accounted for 58.9% of the net sales. The figure surged 81% year over year. This can be attributed to strong content growth, which led to a 101% year-over-year rise in the company’s automotive sales. Commercial transportation sales grew 64% year over year. Sensor sales grew 26% from the year-ago quarter on the back of solid momentum among auto and commercial transportation applications. Industrial Solutions: The segment generated $1 billion, which accounted for 26.1% of net sales. The figure rose16% year over year. This was driven by robust industrial equipment sales, which grew 42% from the prior-year quarter. Solid momentum across renewable applications led to 8% growth in energy sales. Recovery in interventional procedures led to 11% year-over-year growth in the medical category. However, weakness in the commercial aerospace market remained a headwind. Communications Solutions: The segment generated $578 million, which accounted for 15% of net sales. Further, the figure rose35% year over year. This was driven by solid content growth from cloud applications, which led to a year-over-year riseof 19% in data and devices sales. Appliance sales grew 64% from the prior-year quarter,which contributed well. Operating Details
Per management, gross profit was $1.3 billion, which was up 79.3% year over year. As a percentage of revenues, the figure expanded 520 basis points (bps) from the year-ago quarter to 32.9%.
We note that selling, general and administrative expenses, and research and development expenses of $366 million and $168 million rose14% and 15.1% year over year, respectively. The company’s adjusted operating margin was 19.1% in the reported quarter, which expanded 970 bps year over year. Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
As of Jun 25, 2021, cash and cash equivalents were $1.4 billion, down from $1.7 billion as of Mar 26, 2021.
Long-term debt was $3.63 billion in the fiscal third quarter, up from $3.60 billion in the prior quarter. The company generated $682 million of cash from operations in the reported quarter compared with $580 million in the previous quarter. It generated free cash flow of $539 million. The company returned $447 million to its shareholders. Guidance
For fourth-quarter fiscal 2021, TE Connectivity expects net sales of $3.8 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at $3.7 billion.
Adjusted earnings are projected to be$1.65 per share. The consensus mark is pegged at $1.56 per share. For fiscal 2021, net sales are projected at $14.9 billion. The consensus mark for the same is pegged at $14.7 billion. Adjusted earnings for fiscal 2021 are expected to be $6.47 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same stands at $6.16 per share. Zacks Rank and Other Stocks to Consider
Currently, TE Connectivity carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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