The Middleby Corporation ( MIDD Quick Quote MIDD - Free Report) reported better-than-expected first-quarter 2022 results. Its earnings and sales beat estimates by 0.5% and 6.8%, respectively. MIDD’s adjusted earnings in the reported quarter were $2.13 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.12. The bottom line increased from the year-ago figure of $1.79 on the back of sales. Revenue Picture
In the first quarter, Middleby’s sales were $994.7 million, reflecting year-over-year growth of 31.2%. MIDD’s top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $932 million.
Organic revenues in the reported quarter increased 11.7% year over year on the back of improving market conditions. Acquired assets boosted sales 20.7%, while movements in foreign currencies had a negative impact of 1.2%. Middleby reports net sales under three segments. A brief discussion on the same is provided below: Sales from the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group (representing 54.7% of the net sales) were $543.6 million, up 13.0% year over year. Organic sales in the reported quarter increased 10.9%. Buyouts boosted sales by 3%, while movements in foreign currencies had a headwind of 1%. Sales from the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group (representing 33.3% of the reported quarter’s net sales) totaled $331.1 million, up 101.4% year over year. Organic sales in the quarter under review increased 16.1%. Buyouts had a positive impact of 86.6%, whereas movements in foreign currencies had a negative impact of 1.3%. Sales from the Food Processing Equipment Group (representing 12% of the reported net sales) summed $119.9 million, increasing 6.6% year over year. Organic sales in the quarter grew 8.4%, whereas movements in foreign currencies had a negative impact of 1.8%. Margin Profile
In the first quarter, Middleby’s cost of sales increased 37.7% year over year to $664.2 million, reflecting 66.8% of sales compared with the year-ago quarter’s 63.6%. Gross profit expanded 19.8% to $330.5 million. Gross margin decreased 320 basis points (bps) to 33.2%.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 33% year over year to $206.1 million, accounting for 20.7% of sales in the reported quarter. Operating income in the first quarter increased to $122.6 million from $121.2 million. Operating margin decreased 370 bps to 12.3%. Net interest expenses and deferred financing amortization totaled $17.7 million, up 9.9% from the year-ago quarter’s $16.1 million. Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Exiting the first quarter, Middleby had cash and cash equivalents of $146.6 million, down 18.7% from $180.4 million witnessed at the end of the last reported quarter. Long-term debt increased 7.7% sequentially to $2,570.1 million.
In the first three months of 2022, MIDD used net cash of $15.3 million from operating activities compared with $59.7 million generated in the year-ago quarter. Capital expenditure totaled $14.5 million compared with $5.4 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. Free cash outflow was $29.8 million in the reported quarter. Outlook
In the quarters ahead, Middleby anticipates benefiting from strengthening end markets and a strong backlog level. However, challenges in the supply chain, cost inflation and labor issues are likely to be spoilsports.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
With a market capitalization of $7.7 billion, Middleby currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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