ITT Inc. ( ITT Quick Quote ITT - Free Report) reported better-than-expected second-quarter 2021 results, with earnings and revenues surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Quarterly adjusted earnings were 94 cents per share, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 90 cents, delivering a surprise of 4.4%. Also, the bottom line increased 64.9% from the year-ago quarter. Revenues of $691.6 million were up 34.4% year over year and jumped 29.5% on an organic basis. The top line surpassed the consensus mark of $644 million by 7.3%. Segmental Breakup
Second-quarter revenues of Industrial Process were $213.9 million, up 10.7% year over year. Organic sales increased 7.7%, owing to higher pump projects within the oil and gas, chemical and general industrial markets.
Quarterly revenues of Motion Technologies rose 72.4% year over year to $343.6 million. Organic sales increased 63.6%, primarily driven by strength in the global automotive markets and higher Friction sales on account of improved demand. Connect & Control Technologies generated $134.5 million revenues, up 9.4% year over year. Organic sales grew 8% owing to strength in industrial market partially offset by softness in global commercial aerospace market. Costs/Margins
Cost of sales in the second quarter was $467 million, up 33% year over year. Sales and marketing expenses were $38.3 million compared with $35.7 million in the year-ago quarter.
Gross profit rose 37.3% on a year-over-year basis to $224.6 million. Gross profit margin was 32.5%, up 70 basis points. Balance Sheet/Cash Flow
Exiting the second quarter, ITT had cash and cash equivalents of $578.8 million, down from $859.8 million as of Dec 31, 2020. Commercial paper and current maturities of long-term debt were $199.7 million compared with $106.8 million at the end of 2020.
In the first six months of 2021, the company used $231.6 million of net cash from operating activities against $203.1 million generated in the prior-year period. Capital expenditures totaled $35.1 million, increasing from $34.3 million spent a year ago. In the first six months of 2021, the company repurchased shares worth $61.4 million compared with $83.7 million in the year-ago period. It paid dividends worth $38.1 million compared with $14.6 million a year ago. Guidance
For 2021, the company anticipates adjusted earnings of $3.90-$4.05 per share compared with $3.80-$4.00 per share predicted earlier.
For the year, the company expects revenues to increase in the range of 11-13%, with organic growth of 8-10%. Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider
The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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