Machinery company Rexnord Corporation (RXN - Free Report) kept its earnings streak alive in first-quarter fiscal 2018 (ended Jun 30, 2017). Its adjusted earnings came in at 27 cents per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 26 cents by 3.8%. On a year-over-year basis, the bottom line declined 22.9% from 35 cents.
Net sales totaled $487.7 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $484.75 million by 0.6%. On a year-over-year basis, the top line increased 3% on the back of core sales growth of 3% and acquisition gains of 3%, partially offset by 2% adverse impact from RHF product line exit and 1% negative influence from forex woes.
Rexnord reports its top-line results under two heads, Process & Motion Control and Water Management. The segmental quarterly results are briefly discussed below:
Revenues from Process & Motion Control totaled $287.7 million, up 9.1% year over year. It represented 59% of total revenue. The segment’s results benefited from improved demand in the end markets served, reviving aftermarket sales, innovation investments and benefits from cost-saving measures.
Water Management revenues, representing 41% of total revenue, were $200 million, down 3.9% year over year. However, results declined 0.8% year over year, excluding the impact of RHF product line exit. Growth in nonresidential construction end markets were offset by unfavorable project timings in water infrastructure end markets.
Rexnord’s margin profile in the quarter improved on the back of healthy sales performance, partially offset by rise in cost of sales and operating expenses.
Cost of sales in the quarter grew 1.7% year over year, representing 63.9% of net sales, down from 64.9% in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin jumped 100 basis points (bps) year over year to 36.1%.
Selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percentage of revenues, decreased 10 bps year over year to 22.5%. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) in the quarter were $86 million, up 8.9% year over year.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Exiting the first quarter of the fiscal year, Rexnord had cash and cash equivalents of $516.2 million, up from $490.1 million in the preceding quarter. Long-term debt was roughly flat at $1,602.8 million.
In the fiscal first quarter, the company generated cash of $37 million from its operating activities, up 88.8% from $19.6 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. Spending on property, plant and equipment decreased 42.5% to $6.9 million. During the quarter, the company repaid debts of $4.2 million.
For fiscal 2018, Rexnord anticipates benefiting from innovation of new products and strengthening consumer driven end markets. Also, the company is on track to reap benefits from its supply-chain optimization and footprint-repositioning programs completed in the fiscal first quarter.
Sales in the Process & Motion Control segments will likely benefit from innovation investments and cost-saving measures. Also, the company predicts positive core growth in the Water Management segment.
The company reaffirmed its previously provided fiscal 2018 guidance. Core sales growth is predicted to be in low single-digit. Adjusted EBITDA will be within $365−$385 million while GAAP net income will be $87−$107 million. The effective tax rate is expected to be around 32% while capital expenditure is anticipated to be approximately 2−2.5% of sales. Free cash will exceed net income.
Rexnord Corporation Price and Consensus
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
With a market capitalization of $2.38 billion, Rexnord presently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the industry are Schneider Electric SE (SBGSY - Free Report) , Plug Power, Inc. (PLUG - Free Report) and Regal Beloit Corporation (RBC - Free Report) . While Schneider Electric sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), both Plug Power and Regal Beloit Corporation carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Schneider Electric’s earnings estimates for 2017 remained stable while that for 2018 improved in the last 60 days.
Plug Power’s earnings are anticipated to grow roughly 25% in the next three to five years.
Regal Beloit Corporation pulled off an average positive earnings surprise of 1.48% in the last four quarters. Its earnings estimates remained stable for 2017 while improved for 2018 in the last 60 days.
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