Valmont Industries, Inc. ( VMI Quick Quote VMI - Free Report) registered profits of $62.3 million or $2.90 per share in first-quarter 2022, up from $55 million or $2.57 per share in the year-ago quarter.
Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings were $3.07 per share in the reported quarter, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.30.
Revenues in the quarter were $980.8 million, up 26.6% year over year. The figure also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $885.1 million. Sales were driven by favorable pricing and higher volumes.
On Apr 6, 2022, the company announced that it had realigned its reporting segment structure beginning with the first-quarter 2022 results. The new reporting segments are Infrastructure (consists of the previous Utility Support Structures, Engineered Support Structures and Coatings) and Agriculture (a renaming of the Irrigation segment).
Sales in the Infrastructure segment increased 23.8% year over year to $680.7 million in the reported quarter. This was led by favorable pricing globally and increased volumes, especially for telecommunication products.
Sales in the Agriculture segment rose 33.5% year over year to $306.6 million. The upside was driven by higher pricing of irrigation equipment worldwide, higher volumes in North American markets and increased technology sales.
Valmont ended the first quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $149.7 million, down 61.8% year over year. Long-term debt stood at around $963 million, up 32% year over year.
Cash flows from operating activities were $2.7 million for the quarter (as of Mar 26, 2022), down from $33.2 million for the same period a year ago (as of Mar 27, 2021).
Valmont revised its outlook for 2022. It expects net sales growth for 2022 in the range of 11-17% year over year, up from 9-14% expected earlier. The company expects earnings per share (EPS) in the range of $12.30-$12.80 for the year, up from $11.55-$12.30 expected earlier. Adjusted EPS are now projected in the band of $13-$13.50, up from the prior forecast of $12.25-$13.
Valmont projects capital expenditures in the range of $110-$120 million for 2022.
The company raised its outlook due to several positive drivers. Valmont continued to execute from a position of strength to drive growth and performance, with significant momentum led by strong, global market drivers across its businesses. The company entered the second quarter with a record backlog, indicating strong market demand. It also continues to execute pricing strategies to manage inflation.
The company’s shares have increased 9.2% in the past year compared with a 29.6% rise of the
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Valmont currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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