Premium scientific & technical instruments company, MKS Instruments, Inc. (MKSI - Free Report) reported in-line earnings for second-quarter 2017.
This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) noted that the successful integration of Newport Corporation (acquired in Apr 2016) significantly boosted its top- and bottom-line performance in the reported quarter.
Earnings and Revenues
Quarterly adjusted earnings came in at $1.41 per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. However, the bottom line came in higher than the year-ago tally of 72 cents per share.
Quarterly revenues were $480.8 million, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $464 million. The top line also came in 47.5% higher than the prior-year figure.
Sales of Products during the quarter came in at $432 million, remarkably up from the year-ago number of $285.5 million. Sales of Services during the reported quarter totaled $48.8 million compared to $40.4 million recorded in the year-earlier period.
Costs and Margins
Total cost of revenues during the quarter was $261.2 million, up from $189.9 million recorded in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted gross profit margin during the quarter came in at 45.9%, expanding 110 basis points (bps) year over year.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $72 million, higher than $59.6 million incurred in the year-ago quarter. Also, research and development expenses came in at $33.7 million, up from $28.2 million incurred in second-quarter 2016.
Adjusted operating margin in the reported quarter was 24.0%, up 590 basis points year over year.
Exiting the second quarter, MKS Instruments had cash and cash equivalents of $422.8 million, up from $228.6 million recorded at the end of 2016. Long-term debt came in at $551.8 million, down from $601.2 million recorded on Dec 31, 2016.
MSK Instruments intends to deleverage its balance sheet by lowering interest expenses, through prepayment of term-loans. The company believes that the acquisition of Newport Corporation would continue to bolster its revenues and profitability in the quarters ahead.
Based on the existing market conditions, the company anticipates to report revenues within the range of $450–$490 million and earnings in the band of $1.32–$1.56 per share for third-quarter 2017.
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