Carrier Global ( CARR Quick Quote CARR - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2022 adjusted earnings of 54 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 14.9%. Further, the figure increased 13% year over year and 23% sequentially.
Net sales of $4.65 billion declined 1% year over year and 9% sequentially. However, the top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3%.
The top-line decline was a result of the weak performance of the Refrigeration and Fire & Security segments. Yet, the HVAC segment aided the quarterly performance.
Product sales (90% of net sales) of $4.2 billion increased 8% year over year but declined 2% sequentially. Service sales (10% of net sales) of $484 million were down 42% year over year and 45% from the previous quarter.
HVAC revenues (63.8% of net sales) increased 19% year over year to $2.97 billion.
Refrigeration revenues (21% of net sales) declined 3% from the year-ago quarter to $976 million.
Fire & Security revenues (17.6% of net sales) of $818 million were down 37% year over year.
Research & development (R&D) expenses grew 3% year over year to $125 million. Selling, general & administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased 19% from the year-ago quarter to $601 million.
As a percentage of revenues, R&D expenses expanded 10 basis points (bps), but SG&A expenses contracted 290 bps year over year.
Adjusted operating profit increased 7% year over year to $650 million. Operating margin expanded 110 bps on a year-over-year basis to 14%.
Adjusted operating margin of the HVAC segment expanded 120 bps year over year to 16%. The Refrigeration segment reported an adjusted operating margin of 11.5%, contracting 130 bps. Adjusted operating margin of Fire & Security was 14.2%, expanding 160 bps year over year.
As of Mar 31, 2022, Carrier had cash and cash equivalents of $3.60 billion compared with $2.99 billion on Dec 31, 2021.
Total debt (including current portion) as of Mar 31, 2022 was $8.56 billion compared with $9.70 billion on Dec 31, 2021.
In the reported quarter, the company used $202 million cash in operations. It generated $913 million in cash from operations in the previous quarter.
Capital expenditure was $56 million versus $138 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Free cash flow was a negative $258 million for the first quarter of 2022.
For 2022, Carrier projects sales of $20 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at $19.86 billion.
The company expects adjusted earnings of $2.20-$2.30 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at $2.27 per share.
Carrier also expects a free cash flow of $1.65 billion for 2022.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Currently, Carrier has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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