Machinery behemoth, The Middleby Corporation (MIDD - Free Report) reported mixed second-quarter 2017 results.
Quarter in Details
The company’s quarterly adjusted earnings (excluding the impact of restructuring expenses of 4 cents per share) came in at $1.39 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. The bottom line also came in higher than the year-ago tally of $1.35 per share.
Net sales during the quarter came in at $579.3 million, marginally down 0.2% year over year. In addition, the top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $587 million. The company noted that though increased sales generated from the acquired businesses bolstered sales in the quarter, foreign currency translation adversely affected the same.
Revenues from the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group increased 4% on a year-over-year basis to $333.8 million.
Revenues from the Food Processing Equipment Group improved 10.7% year over year in the quarter to $92.4 million.
Revenues from the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group declined 13% year over year to $153.2 million.
Costs and Margins
Cost of sales in the quarter was $344.7 million compared to $347 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. Gross profit margin in the reported quarter came in at 40.5%, expanding 30 basis points (year over year). The upswing was stemmed by the successful restructuring activities of the AGA Group.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $113 million, as against $115.2 million in the incurred year-ago period. Operating margin came in at 21.1%, advancing 180 bps year over year.
Middleby exited the second quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $64.9 million, as against $68.5 million recorded at the end of 2016. Long-term debt was $798.4 million compared with $726.2 million recorded as on Dec 31, 2016.
This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company anticipates new product offerings under its Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group business segment to boost demand from restaurant chain customers. Furthermore, construction of new food processing facilities in the emerging economies, investments over industrial bakery brands, as well as opening of the company’s industrial baking center in Plano, TX will likely bolster revenues of the Food Processing Equipment Group business segment. Notably, superior customer services and product launches are also projected to improve the performance of
Residential Kitchen Equipment Group segment in the near term.
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