McDermott International Inc. (MDR - Free Report) recently reported earnings of 17 cents per share in first-quarter 2018, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 16 cents. Further, the bottom line also improved from the year-ago quarter’s earnings of 8 cents. The outperformance can primarily be attributed to solid operational execution.
Key projects that strengthened earnings in the quarter include Inpex Ichthys, Pemex Abkatun-A2, Saudi Aramco LTA II Lump Sum and Saudi Aramco Safaniya Phase 5.
McDermott generated revenues of about $607.8 million in the quarter, 17% higher than the prior-year quarter’s figure of $519.4 million and also ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $591 million. Increased activity in the Middle East drove revenues.
Cost of operations increased from $428.6 million in the year-ago quarter to about $475.7 million in the quarter under review. While expenses in research and development decreased 4.8% year over year to $458 thousand in the first quarter of 2018, selling, general and administrative expenses rose 33.9% from the prior-year quarter to $48.9 million.
As of Mar 31, McDermott had a backlog of $3.4 billion compared with $3.9 billion a year ago. In the first quarter, the company took $321.2 million worth of orders, following which its book-to-bill ratio is 0.5x.
Capital expenditure for McDermott was about $18.4 million during the quarter, compared with almost $63 million in the year-ago quarter. As of Mar 31, 2017, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $412.7 million and long-term debt of approximately $513 million. Its debt-to-capitalization ratio was about 21.8%.
The company reiterated its preliminary guidance issued on Jan 24. McDermott expects full-year revenues to lie within the $3.1-$3.3 billion range. The company expects EBITDA to be within the range of $340-$365 million. Capital expenditure is anticipated to be between $100 million and $115 million. Net income is now anticipated to be approximately within $120-$145 million. Also, McDermott expects free cash flow to range within $195-$235 million. EPS is estimated to lie between 42 cents and 52 cents.
Moreover, the company’s plan to combine its operations with that of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. CBI, which is expected to be executed in the coming month, is likely to bring an integrated technology and engineering expertise, along with a cost-effective delivery structure. The deal is expected to create significant value for the investors.
McDermott has lost 7.5% in the first quarter compared with 9.6% fall of its industry.
Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider
McDermott has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
If you are interested in the energy sector, you can opt for some better-ranked stocks like EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG - Free Report) , Oasis Midstream Partners LP (OMP - Free Report) and CNOOC Ltd. (CEO - Free Report) . While EOG Resources and Oasis Midstream sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), CNOOC has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Houston, TX-based EOG Resources is an upstream energy company. For 2018, the bottom line of the company is likely to be up 34.1%. In the last four reported quarters, the company witnessed a positive average surprise of 25.7%.
Houston, TX-based Oasis Midstream is an integrated energy partnership. Its revenues for 2018 are anticipated to improve 29.3% from the prior-year quarter, while its bottom line is expected to increase 337.2%.
Hong Kong-based CNOOC is an integrated energy company. Its revenues for 2018 are anticipated to improve 49% year over year, while its bottom line is expected to increase 82.8%.
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