The Timken Company ( TKR Quick Quote TKR - Free Report) reported adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 78 cents during the fourth-quarter 2021, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 92 cents. The bottom line declined 7% year over year, owing to unfavorable price-cost.
On a reported basis, the company delivered earnings of 82 cents per share in the quarter under review compared with 69 cents in the prior-year quarter.
Total revenues in the quarter were $1,007 million, up 13% from the year-ago quarter’s levels. The upside can be attributed to strong organic growth across most end-market sectors, driven by industrial distribution and off-highway as well as the favorable impact of higher pricing. The top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $982 million. Costs and Margins
Cost of sales rose 18% to $774 million from the prior-year quarter’s levels. Gross profit contracted 1.6% year over year to $233 million. The gross margin was 23.1% compared with 26.5% in the year-ago quarter.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were up 8% year over year to $146 million. Adjusted EBITDA declined 6% year over year to $135 million. Adjusted EBITDA margin in the quarter was 13.4% compared with 16.2% in the prior-year quarter. Segment Performance
The Mobile Industries segment’s revenues improved 10.6% to $479.7 million from the year-ago quarter’s levels. Higher shipments in most end-market sectors, strong off-highway truck sectors and the favorable impact of higher pricing led to the uptick. The segment’s adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) declined 23% year over year to $41 million.
The Process Industries segment’s revenues rose 15% year over year to $528 million in fourth-quarter 2021, primarily on account of strong organic growth in most sectors led by distribution and general industrial sectors. The segment’s adjusted EBITDA was up 2.8% year over year to $105 million. Financial Position
Timken had cash and cash equivalents of $257 million at the end of 2021, down from $320 million at the end of 2020. Cash flow from operations was around $387 million in 2021 compared with $578 million in the prior year. During the fourth quarter, Timken returned $59.1 million of cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.
Long-term debt as of Dec 31, 2021, was $1.41 billion compared with $1.43 billion as of Dec 31, 2020. Net debt to adjusted EBITDA was at 1.7 as of Dec 31, 2021, compared with 1.9 as of Dec 31, 2020. 2021 Performance
Timken reported a record adjusted EPS of $4.72 in 2021 compared with $4.10 reported in the prior year. However, earnings missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.84. Including one-time items, the bottom line came in at a record $4.79, up 28.7% from $3.72 reported in 2020.
Sales were up 17.6% year over year to $4.13 billion. The top line came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. 2022 Guidance
Timken expects the current year’s total revenues to be up around 10% compared with 2021 levels. Adjusted EPS for the year is expected between $5.00 and $5.40. The company anticipates strong revenues and earnings growth in 2022, driven by robust industrial demand, benefits from price realization and growth initiatives. Supply chain challenges and inflationary cost pressure will continue in the current year as well. These are likely to be offset by significant price realization and operational excellence initiatives.
In the past year, shares of Timken have lost 5.8% compared with the
industry’s decline of 0.7%. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Timken currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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