Industrial goods manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand Plc (IR - Free Report) reported solid second-quarter 2017 results with adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.49 compared with $1.38 in the year-earlier quarter. Adjusted earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.46.
The company’s GAAP earnings were $1.38 per share compared with $2.86 in the year-ago period. The year-over-year decrease despite higher revenues was primarily due to rise in operating expenses.
Quarterly revenues were $3,908.4 million, up from $3,688.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Revenues beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,795 million. Organic revenues improved 7% year over year. Organic revenues from North America were up 10% while that from International markets were relatively flat.
The climate segment recorded sales of $3,144 million compared with $2,935 million in the year-ago quarter. The upside was driven by solid revenues from commercial and residential HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning)businesses.
The Industrial segment reported revenues of $765 million in the quarter, up from $753 million in the prior-year quarter.
Operating margin was 14.3% compared with 13.9% in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted operating margin improved to 14.4% from 14% in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted operating margin for the Climate segment was 16.8% compared with 16.9% in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted operating margin for the Industrial segment was 12.5%, up from 10% in the year-ago quarter.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of Jun 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents totaled $1,310.1 million while long-term debt was $3,704.5 million. Net cash used in operating activities in the first half of the year was $405.5 million compared with $428.1 million in the prior-year period. Working capital was 5.1% of revenues for 2017 compared with 5.6% in 2016.
Ingersoll reaffirmed its guidance for 2017. It expects adjusted EPS from continuing operations to be in the range of $4.35 to $4.50 while revenues are expected to rise 2%. Cash flow from operating activities is expected to be $1.4–$1.5 billion while free cash flow is projected within $1.1–$1.2 billion.
Ingersoll currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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