Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. (CTB - Free Report) posted earnings of 85 cents per share in the second quarter of 2017, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 74 cents. However, earnings were lower than $1.27 in the year-ago quarter.
Net income came in at $45 million compared with $71 million in the second quarter of 2016.
Cooper Tire recorded net sales of $721 million, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $771 million as well the year-ago revenues of $740.3 million.
Operating profit was $75 million in the second quarter of 2017, down $35 million from the year- ago quarter. Operating profit was negatively impacted by volatile raw material costs, product pricing and promotional market environment.
Americas Tire Operations registered a 6% decrease in net sales to $615 million. Operating profit in this segment declined 28.3% to $83 million, while operating margin fell from 17.7% to 13.5%.
International Tire Operations registered a 22.4% rise in revenues to $151 million. Operating profit came in at $1 million, down $3 million from the year-ago quarter. Operating margin declined to 0.8% during the quarter from the year-ago quarter figure of 2.5%.
Cooper Tire had cash and cash equivalents of $302 million as of Jun 30, 2017, down from $412 million as of Jun 30, 2016. Capital expenditures decreased to $45 million in the second quarter of 2017 from $49 million in the year-ago quarter.
In Feb 2017, Cooper Tire increased the share repurchase program by $300 million and extended it till Dec 2019. During the second quarter of 2017, the company spent $20.8 million on repurchasing 568,224 shares at a price of $36.55 per share. Since Aug 2014, Cooper Tire has bought back a total of 13.3 million shares at an average price of $34.31 per share.
For 2017, Cooper Tire expects unit volume growth in the International segment and in Latin America to improve. Unit volume in the U.S. is projected to be in line with the industry in the second half of 2017.
Cooper Tire expects operating margin for full-year 2017 to be at the high end of the previously announced mid-term target of 8% to 10%. The International Tire Operations segment is expected to witness improved operating profit this year, including its recent acquisition of GRT in China.
For 2017, capital expenditures are still expected between $220−$250 million. The effective tax rate for the year is expected to be 30−33%.
Cooper Tire currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 (Strong Buy) Rank stocks here.
A few other automobile stocks worth considering are Fox Factory Holding Corp. (FOXF - Free Report) , Wabco Holdings Inc. (WBC - Free Report) and Westport Fuel Systems Inc. (WPRT - Free Report) , all currently carrying a Zacks Rank #2.
Fox Factory has a long-term growth rate of 15.9%.
Wabco has an expected long-term earnings-per-share growth rate of 17.5%.
Westport Fuel has an expected earnings growth rate of 30% for the long run.
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