Lindsay Corporation ( LNN Quick Quote LNN - Free Report) delivered adjusted earnings per share of $2.28 in third-quarter fiscal 2022 (ended on May 31, 2022), beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.57. The bottom line improved 42% year over year. Lindsay generated revenues of $214 million, up 32% from $162 million reported in the year-ago quarter. The top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $186 million. The company’s backlog as of May 31, 2022, was $98.3 million compared with $120.8 million as of May 31, 2021. Operational Update
Cost of operating revenues increased 29% year on year to $152 million. Gross profit surged 40% to $61.7 million from the year-earlier quarter’s levels. Gross margin came in at 28.8% compared with the year-ago quarter’s 27.2%.
Operating expenses were $26.5 million in the fiscal third quarter, up 17% year over year. Operating income was $35 million, up from the prior-year quarter’s $21 million. Segment Results
The Irrigation segment revenues rose 35% year over year to around $189 million in the fiscal third quarter. North America irrigation revenues gained 10% from the year-ago quarter’s levels to $96 million, on higher average selling prices, which was partially offset by lower unit sales volume.
International irrigation revenues soared 75% year over year to roughly $92 million on higher unit sales volumes and selling prices and favorable foreign currency translation. The irrigation segment’s operating income increased 65% year on year to $39.6 million. The Infrastructure segment revenues increased 17.5% year over year to $26 million on higher sales of road safety products and Road Zipper System project sales, which were partially offset by lower Road Zipper System lease revenues. The segment reported operating income of $3.8 million, flat year on year. Financial Position
Lindsay had cash and cash equivalents of roughly $81.8 million at the end of the fiscal third quarter compared with $121 million at the end of the prior-year quarter. The company’s long-term debt stood at around $115 million at the end of the fiscal first quarter, flat compared with the end of the last year’s quarter.
While global agriculture market fundamentals remain positive, the ongoing inflationary pressure is weighing on farmer sentiment in the United States. However, the company is witnessing increased activity levels in the international project markets as concerns over food security and global grain supplies have been heightened by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
The increase in road construction activity in the United States is expected to benefit the infrastructure business. Lindsay is likely to complete the delivery of the Road Zipper System project that began in the third quarter and expects to start the delivery of another significant project in the fourth quarter. Price Performance Image Source: Zacks Investment Research
Lindsay’s shares have fallen 13.3% in the past six months compared with the
industry’s decline of 14.4%. Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Lindsay currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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