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Woodward (WWD) Beats on Q4 Earnings, Offers '17 Outlook

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Woodward, Inc. (WWD - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2016 earnings of 99 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 93 cents by 6.5%. Earnings also surged 28.6% from the prior-year figure of 77 cents.

Full-year earnings amounted to $2.85 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.97 by 4.2%. Reported earnings were, however, up 3.6% from the year-ago tally of $2.75.

Total Revenue

The company’s quarterly net sales of $590.9 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $569 million by 3.8%. Revenues were also up 5% from the year-ago figure of $562.6 million mainly on the back of higher contribution from the Aerospace segment.

However, fiscal 2016 net sales of $2.02 billion missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.10 billion by 3.8% and were down 1% from fiscal 2015.
 

Operational Update

Woodward’s total cost and expenses increased 3.3% year over year to $510.2 million in the reported quarter. Costs were up primarily due to higher cost of goods sold and an increase in selling, general, and administrative expenses.

Quarterly Segmental Performance

Aerospace: Segment revenues were up 9% year over year to $365.3 million driven by higher defense and commercial sales.

Earnings came in at $80.4 million, up 34% on the back of higher sales volumes and strong aftermarket activity.

Industrial: Segment revenues were $225.6 million, down 0.8% year over year owing to persistent weakness in reciprocating engines and other large capital projects. These were partially offset by robust OEM and aftermarket sales.

Nevertheless, earnings tanked 34.8% to $19.3 million primarily due to expenses associated with business alignment in view of the bleak market conditions and costs anticipated for the new facility in Colorado.

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Financial Condition

Woodward’s cash and cash equivalents as of Sep 30, 2016 were $81.1 million, compared with $82.2 million as of Sep 30, 2015.

Long-term debt (excluding current portion) was $577.2 million as of Sep 30, 2016, down from $848.5 million as of Sep 30, 2015.

Free cash inflow was $259.7 million in fiscal 2016, compared with 9.4 million in the year-ago period.

In fiscal 2016, net cash generated from operating activities was $435.4 million, compared with $296.0 million in the prior-year.

Payments for property, plant and equipment in fiscal 2016 were $175.7 million, compared with $286.6 million in the year-ago period.

Fiscal 2017 Guidance

Net sales are expected to increase 4−6% approximately. The company expects earnings in the range of $2.95–$3.25 per share.

Peer Releases

Roper Technologies, Inc. (ROP - Free Report) declared third-quarter 2016 adjusted earnings of $1.65 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.62 by 1.9%. Reported earnings were also 2.5% higher than the year-ago figure of $1.61.

Nanometrics Incorporated (NANO - Free Report) declared third-quarter 2016 adjusted earnings of 33 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 27 cents by 22.2%. Moreover, reported earnings were much higher than the year-ago figure of 3 cents.

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. (WTS - Free Report) declared third-quarter of 2016 adjusted earnings of 71 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 69 cents by 2.9%. Further, quarterly earnings improved 6% from the year-ago figure of 67 cents.

Zacks Rank

Woodward currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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