Titan Machinery Inc. ( TITN Quick Quote TITN - Free Report) reported first-quarter fiscal 2024 (ended Apr 30, 2023) earnings per share (EPS) of $1.19, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.00. The bottom line improved 55% from earnings per share of 78 cents reported in the last fiscal year’s comparable quarter. Total revenues in the reported quarter were $570 million, up 23.6% from the levels reported in the previous fiscal year’s comparable quarter. The top line, however, missed the consensus mark of $586 million. Equipment revenues rose 20.5% year over year to $429 million and parts revenues were up 41% to $97 million. Revenues generated from services were $35 million in the reported quarter, up 18% from the year-ago quarter’s levels. Meanwhile, rental revenues were up 32% year over year to $8.7 million. Costs and Margins
Cost of sales was up 21.2% to $451 million from the prior fiscal year’s quarterly reading. The gross profit increased 33.7% year over year to $119 million. The gross margin was 20.9%, up from 19.3% in the last fiscal year’s quarter.
Operating expenses increased 26.6% from the earlier fiscal year to $81 million. The adjusted EBITDA rose 45.8% year over year to $44 million. The adjusted EBITDA margin in the fiscal first quarter was 7.6% compared with 6.5% in the prior fiscal year’s relevant quarter. Segmental Performance
Agriculture revenues rose 32.9% to $423 million from the last fiscal year’s comparable quarter on strong customer demand and recent acquisitions. The segment’s income before taxes improved by 46.8% year over year to $24.2 million.
Construction revenues were $72 million in the fiscal first quarter, up 7.5% from the comparable quarter in the prior fiscal year. Same-store sales increased 9.9% on strong equipment demand, offset by the lost contributions from the divestiture of its consumer products store in North Dakota. The segment reported an adjusted income before taxes of $4.5 million, up from the prior-year quarter’s $3.2 million. International revenues were $74 million, reflecting a year-on-year fall of 1.4%. Growth was impacted by foreign currency fluctuations. The segment reported income before taxes of $6.4 million, which was higher than $4.3 million reported in the previous fiscal year’s quarter. Financial Position
Cash used for operating activities was $77.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2024 against cash inflow of $5.3 million in the prior fiscal year’s quarter. The downside was driven by an increase in inventory. Titan Machinery ended the reported quarter with a cash balance of around $38 million. Long-term debt as of Apr 30, 2023, was around $93 million compared with $89.9 million as of Jan 31, 2023.
Fiscal 2024 Guidance
The company reaffirmed its earnings per share guidance to be in the range of $4.50-$5.10 for fiscal 2024. The Agriculture segment’s revenues are projected to grow 20-25%. The Construction segment’s revenues are projected to be flat to up 5% in fiscal 2023. International revenues are expected to increase 8-13%.
In the past year, shares of Titan Machinery have gained 5.6% against the
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Titan Machinery currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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