Premium machine tools & accessories company, RBC Bearings Incorporated (ROLL - Free Report) reported better-than-expected earnings for first-quarter fiscal 2018 (ended Jul 1, 2017).
Earnings and Revenues
Quarterly earnings came in at 91 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 82 cents per share. The bottom line also came way ahead of the year-ago tally of 77 cents per share.
Net sales in the reported quarter came in at $163.9 million, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $161 million. In addition, the top line came in 6% higher than the year-ago figure. The upswing was stemmed by sturdy sales in both aerospace and industrial end markets.
Plain Bearings revenues improved 3.1% year over year to $72.7 million, while Roller Bearings sales climbed 12.9% to $31.4 million. Ball Bearings sales came in at $15.8 million, up 15.1% year over year. Engineered Products sales were up 3.4% year over year to $44.1 million.
Costs and Margins
Cost of sales in the reported quarter was $102 million, up 4.8% year over year. Adjusted gross margin came in at 37.8%, expanding 50 basis points (bps) year over year. The upside was driven by solid volume and greater cost discipline.
Selling, general and administrative expenses during the quarter came in at $27.8 million, up 7.7% year over year. Adjusted operating margin came in at 19.4% during the fiscal first quarter, advancing 20 bps year over year.
Other Financial Fundamentals
Existing the fiscal first year, RBC Bearings had cash and cash equivalents worth $45.5 million compared to $38.9 million recorded as of Apr 1, 2017.
In the reported quarter, RBC Bearings generated $39.8 million of cash from its operating activities as against $19.2 million in the prior-year quarter. Capital spending increased 9.5% year over year to $5.7 million.
Total debt for the quarter came in at $237.9 million, lower than $343.8 million recorded on Jul 2, 2016.
RBC Bearings intends to lower its debt burden, introduce share buyback programs and fund growth oriented investments with increased cash flow generation. This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company also noted that demand from its major end markets is likely to shoot up in the upcoming quarters.
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