With a diverse portfolio of industrial and commercial products, Ingersoll-Rand Plc (IR - Free Report) is a premier player in the industrial goods market. This Dublin, Ireland-based firm has a solid foundation of global brands with a leading market share in all major product lines.
After the divestiture of the commercial and residential security businesses, IR has been diligently focusing on improving the efficiencies and capabilities of its core businesses. The company is constantly on the lookout for opportunistic acquisitions to supplement its organic growth. However, IR operates in a competitive market place, which necessitates sustained investments in R&D initiatives to stay ahead of competition, thereby increasing its costs.
With rising operating costs and adverse currency translation effects gradually shrinking margins, investors have been eagerly waiting for the company’s latest earnings report.
In the last four trailing quarters, IR has reported a positive average earnings surprise of 3.58%, beating earnings estimates thrice. As the intensity of competition is increasing over time, investors have been eagerly awaiting for the company’s latest earnings report.
Currently, IR has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold), but that could definitely change following the second-quarter earnings report which was just released. We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below.
Earnings: IR earnings beat. The Zacks Consensus Estimate called for EPS of $1.46, while the company reported adjusted EPS of $1.49.
Revenues: Revenues beat. IR posted revenues of $3,908.4 million, compared to the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,795 million.
Key Stats to Note: IR reaffirms guidance for 2017. It expects adjusted EPS from continuing operations to be in the range $4.35 to $4.50, while revenues are expected to rise by 2%. Cash flow from operating activities of $1.4 billion to $1.5 billion, while free cash flow is expected to be within $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion.
Stock Price: Share prices declined in the pre-market trading following the release at the time of this write-up, as investors expected an increase in guidance for 2017.
Check back for our full write up on this IR earnings report later!
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