Trimble Navigation’s (TRMB - Free Report) second-quarter 2017 earnings of 33 cents exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2 cents. Also, earnings increased 26.9% year over year.
However, Trimble's shares have returned 24.5% year to date, outperforming the industry’s gain of 17.4 %.
Trimble’s second-quarter revenues of $662 million increased 7.8% sequentially and 8.6% year over year. Revenues came in above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $641 million and also the company’s guided range of $625–$655 million.
Revenues by Segment
In the beginning of first-quarter 2017, the company changed its reporting segments. The results are based on these four new segments, namely Buildings and Infrastructure, Geospatial, Resources and Utilities and Transportation segments.
The quarter’s Buildings and Infrastructure revenues of $222.7 million increased 9.8% year over year. Geospatial revenues of $165.3 million increased 0.9% year over year. Resources and Utilities segment revenues increased 12.1% from the year-ago period to $111.0 million, while Transportation revenues were $162.9 million, reflecting an increase of 13.2% year over year.
Trimble’s pro forma gross margin was 55.7%, down 20 basis points (bps) year over year. The sequential decrease was due to an unfavorable mix of products in some businesses.
Trimble’s adjusted operating expenses of $247.7 million increased 2.4% year over year. Operating margin was 18.3%, up 210 bps year over year.
Pro forma net income was $84.8 million compared with $66.0 million in the year-ago quarter.
The pro forma estimate excludes restructuring charges, amortization of intangibles, gain on an equity sale, litigation charges, acquisition-related costs and other adjustments on a tax-adjusted basis, but includes stock-based compensation. Our pro forma estimate may not match management’s calculation as we included or excluded certain items that were not considered by the company while presenting the results.
On a GAAP basis, Trimble recorded net profit (for Trimble shareholders) of $49.9 million (19 cents per share) compared with $35.7 million (14 cents) a year ago.
Trimble exited the second quarter with cash and cash equivalents of approximately $486.1 million compared with $422.6 million in the prior quarter. Inventories were $223.3 million, increasing from $221.1 million in the last quarter. Accounts receivables were $395.3 million, up from $394.7 million in the previous quarter.
Cash flow from operations was $145.8 million against $102.9 million in the prior quarter.
Management expects third-quarter revenues in the range of $645–$675 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate stands at $620.0 million.
Earnings per share are expected within 16–20 cents on a GAAP basis and within 34–38 cents on a non-GAAP basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at 31 cents.
The calculation of non-GAAP earnings per share excludes the amortization of intangibles worth $37 million that includes the effect of previous acquisitions, anticipated acquisition costs of $3 million, the anticipated impact of stock-based compensation expense of $15 million and restructuring charges worth $3 million. Both the GAAP guidance and the non-GAAP guidance assume a tax rate of 23%.
Trimble is an OEM of GPS-based products and control systems. The company reported strong second-quarter 2017 results with both the top and the bottom line surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
The company’s initiatives toward lowering the cost structure to another framework and making strategic acquisitions, along with the increased adoption of technology in the agricultural market, product enhancements and international expansion should also see it through the current market environment.
Zacks Rank and Other Stocks to Consider
Currently, Trimble has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A few better-ranked stocks in the same space are Lam Research Corporation (LRCX - Free Report) , carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), and Applied Materials (AMAT - Free Report) and Fortive Corporation (FTV - Free Report) , carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Lam Research delivered a positive earnings surprise of 4.44%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.
Applied Materials delivered a positive earnings surprise of 3.35%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.
Fortive Corporation delivered a positive earnings surprise of 5.80%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.
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