Zebra Technologies Corporation ( ZBRA Quick Quote ZBRA - Free Report) reported solid second-quarter 2021 results, with earnings and sales surpassing estimates by 10.9% and 2.4%, respectively. The company’s adjusted earnings per share in the reported quarter came in at $4.57, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.12. The bottom line also increased 89.6% on a year-over-year basis. Revenues & Segmental Performance
In the second quarter, Zebra generated net sales of $1,377 million, reflecting a year-over-year increase of 44%. The improvement was driven by 39.8% increase in organic sales, a 1.6% contribution from acquisitions and a 2.6% gain from movements in foreign currencies. The top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,345 million.
The company reports revenues under the segments discussed below: Revenues from the Asset Intelligence & Tracking segment were $421 million, up 54.2% year over year. The increase was driven by 51.2% year-over-year growth in organic sales and a 3% gain from movements in foreign currencies. The Enterprise Visibility & Mobility segment’s revenues were $959 million, up 40.4% year over year. The results benefited from 35.1% year-over-year growth in organic sales, 2.6% benefits from acquisitions and a 2.7% gain from movements in foreign currencies. Margin Profile
In the second quarter, Zebra’s cost of sales totaled $719 million, reflecting a rise of 33.9% from the year-ago quarter. Total operating expenses in the quarter were $411 million, reflecting an increase of 37%.
Net income in the reported quarter increased 119% year over year to $219 million, while adjusted margin expanded 540 basis points to 15.9%. Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Exiting the second quarter, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $318 million, up 79.7% from $177 million recorded at the end of the prior quarter. Long-term debt was down 1.3% sequentially to $944 million.
In the first six months of 2021, it generated net cash of $539 million from operating activities compared with $355 million in the year-ago period. In the same time frame, its debt repayments totaled $256 million and interest payments were $17 million. Capital expenditure was $25 million. Free cash flow was $514 million, reflecting an increase of 59.6% from the year-ago period. In the first six months of 2021, the company repurchased shares worth $25 million compared with $200 million in the year-ago period. Outlook
For 2021, Zebra anticipates adjusted net sales growth of 23-25% on a year-over-year basis, compared with rise of 18-22% predicted earlier. Free cash flow is expected to be a minimum of $900 million.
For the third quarter, the company estimates adjusted net sales to grow of 21-25% on a year-over-year basis. Adjusted earnings is projected to lie in the range of $3.90 to $4.10. Adjusted effective tax rate is likely to be 18-19%. Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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