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Milacron (MCRN) Tops Q2 Earnings & Revenues on Order Growth

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Milacron Holdings Corp (MCRN - Free Report) reported second-quarter fiscal 2017 adjusted earnings per share of 46 cents, a 12% increase year over year and also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 41 cents. The improved performance was aided by continued orders and sales momentum, along with strong performance in Melt Delivery and Control Systems and Fluids businesses. Further, Advanced Plastic Processing Technologies’ aftermarket business helped deliver the performance.

Including one-time items, the company reported earnings per share of 14 cents in the quarter compared with 18 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.
 
Operational Update

Milacron’s revenues inched up 0.4% to $309 million from the year-ago quarter. Revenues beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $306 million. Excluding the unfavorable impact of foreign currency, sales for the quarter increased 1.4% from the prior-year quarter.

Cost of sales during the quarter went up 2.3% year over year to $205 million compared with the prior-year quarter. Gross profit declined 3% year over year to $103.8 million with gross margin contracting 120 basis points to 33.6%.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 1% year over year to $64.5 million. Milacron reported adjusted operating profit of $34.6 million which decreased 3% from $35.7 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted EBITDA went up 3.1% to $59.6 million for the quarter from $57.8 million in the prior-year quarter.
 

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Segment Results

Advanced Plastic Processing Technologies: Net sales declined 7.1% year over year to $166 million. Excluding $0.2 million of unfavorable effects of currency movements, sales decreased 7.2% in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA decreased 14.2% year over year to $20 million.

Melt Delivery and Control Systems: Net sales went up 12% year over year to $112 million. Excluding unfavorable influence of currency movements of $2.9 million, sales advanced 14.7% in the prior-year period. Adjusted EBITDA improved 21.5% to $40.1 million.

Fluid Technologies: Net sales went up 7% year over year to $30.5 million. Sales improved 8.7% in the prior-year period, excluding $0.6 million of unfavorable effects of currency movements. Adjusted EBITDA increased 6.2% to $6.9 million.

Financial Update

As of Jun 30, 2017, Milacron had cash and cash equivalents of $94 million compared with $130.2 million as of Dec 31, 2016. The company used $1.4 million of cash in operating activities in the first half of 2017 compared with cash inflow of $49.4 million in the prior-year comparable period. Long-term debt was $920.9 million as of Jun 30, 2017, compared with $934 million as of Dec 31, 2016.

Outlook

For fiscal 2017, Milacron reaffirmed organic sales growth guidance of 0–2%. Adjusted EBITDA is forecasted to be between $219 million and $225 million. Free Cash Flow (before restructuring) is expected to lie between $90 million and $100 million.



In the past six months, Milacron has outperformed industry. Its shares rose 7.0%, ahead of the industry’s rise of 5.7%.

Milacron currently sports a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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