Flowserve Corporation ( FLS Quick Quote FLS - Free Report) have lost 30% compared with the industry’s decline of 25.3% over the past year. The decrease in share price primarily reflects the adverse impacts of tough end-market conditions and other challenges on its operational performance. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research
The company has a market capitalization of nearly $3.7 billion. It currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
Factors Affecting the Company
Flowserve has been experiencing weakness in its original equipment and aftermarket businesses, owing to supply-chain challenges, logistics problems and labor issues. In the first quarter of 2022, the company’s original equipment and aftermarket sales were down 5.8% and 2.8%, respectively, on a year-over-year basis. In the quarter, its adjusted operating margin also declined 480 basis points year over year. These issues will likely affect FLS’ performance in the near term.
High effective tax rates will be worrisome for the company. For 2022, Flowserve predicts a 20-22% rate, suggesting a rise from 16.6% recorded in 2021. This is expected to adversely impact the company’s earnings for the year. FLS’ high-debt profile also poses a concern. Exiting the first-quarter, its long-term debt was high at $1,251.6 million, while its cash and cash equivalents were $575.8 million. For 2022, the company anticipates interest expenses of $45-$50 million. Further, an increase in debt levels can raise the company’s financial obligations and hurt profitability. Given its extensive regional presence, the company is exposed to geopolitical risks and headwinds from unfavorable movements in foreign currencies. In the first quarter, its sales in the Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East & Africa decreased 16.7%, 12% and 15.5%, respectively. A stronger U.S. dollar might hurt the company’s overseas business results in the quarters ahead. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Flowserve’s earnings is pegged at $1.51 for 2022 and $2.09 for 2023, marking declines of 15.2% and 8.7% from the respective 60-day-ago figures. Notably, there have been six downward revisions in estimates for both 2022 and 2023 in the past 60 days. Stocks to Consider
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