Allegion plc’s ALLE fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings came in at $1.11 per share, beating with the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 94 cents. Adjusted earnings were up a significant 37% from the prior-year quarter. Quarterly net revenues of $623 million also surpassed the consensus mark of $609.7 million. The figure increased 9.4% on a year-over-year basis on the back of continued organic growth, synergies from acquisitions and favorable foreign currency impact. Revenues were also up 6.1% on an organic basis, much higher than 2.7% growth registered in the prior quarter. Segment Details Revenues at the Americas segment rose 6.4% year over year to $436.1 million, primarily driven by favorable price and growth in mechanical products along with continued strength in electronic product categories. Organic revenues also increased 4.8% from the prior-year quarter. The EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) segment was up 16.5% to $150.8 million, driven by robust pricing in the quarter, and solid growth across most business units and geographies. Organically, revenues were up 7.7% on a year-over-year basis. Revenues at the Asia-Pacific segment rose 19.1% from the year-ago quarter to $36.1 million on the back of favorable currency impact. Organically, revenues were up 16.4%. Margins Adjusted operating margin was 21.7%, up 380 basis points (bps) year over year owing to solid volume leverage and productivity, offsetting negative impacts from increased investments and inflation. Adjusted EBITDA margin was up 480 bps to 30%. Financials Allegion ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $466.2 million, as of Dec 31, 2017, compared with $312.4 million as of Dec 31, 2016. Available cash flow, as of Dec 31, 2017, was $297.9 million, lower than $335 million in 2016, due to a discretionary pension funding payment of $50 million in the first quarter, partially offset by an increase in earnings. Capital expenditures totaled $49.3 million in 2017, compared with $42.5 million a year ago. 2017 Highlights Total revenues came in at $2.4 billion, up 7.6% from $2.2 billion in 2016. Organically, revenues increased 5.7%. The upside was driven by positive organic growth along with contributions from acquisitions and favorable currency. Adjusted earnings were $3.96 per share, up 18.6% year over year. 2018 Guidance Adjusted earnings per share are now expected in the range of $4.35 to $4.50, reflecting an increase of 9.8% to 13.6% from adjusted 2017 EPS. The company expects full-year 2017 revenue growth in the band of 10.5-11.5% on a year-over-year basis. Organically, revenues are expected in the 4-5% range. Full-year adjusted effective tax rate is anticipated at 16%. Available cash flow is targeted at approximately $380-$400 million.
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