Machinery behemoth The Middleby Corporation (MIDD - Free Report) reported weaker-than-expected results for first-quarter 2018.
Earnings and Revenues
Quarterly adjusted earnings came in at $1.18 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.39. However, the bottom line came in lower than the year-ago tally of $1.26 per share. Middleby stated that the ongoing restructuring expenses hurt the company’s earnings in the reported quarter.
Net sales in the quarter came in at $584.8 million, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $603 million. In addition, the figure improved 10.3% year over year, driven by acquisition benefits, the Accounting Standards Codification 606 adoption, and favorable foreign currency-translation impact.
Net sales of the Commercial Foodservice Equipment Group were up 15.3% year over year to $359.9 million. Also, the Food Processing Equipment Group’s revenues climbed 14.6% year over year to $88.6 million in the quarter.
However, the Residential Kitchen Equipment Group revenues dipped 3.2% to $136.3 million in the reported quarter.
Costs and Margins
Cost of sales in the first quarter was $373.2 million compared to $320.8 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. Gross profit margin in the quarter came in at 36.2%, shrinking 330 basis points (bps) year over year. Gross margin slipped in the quarter due to reduced margins resulting from acquired businesses, unfavorable mix of the Food Processing Equipment segment and lesser volumes.
Selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $122.9 million, as against $115 million incurred in the year-ago period. Operating margin came in at 14.9%, contracting 260 bps year over year.
Middleby exited the first quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $103.3 million, as against $89.7 million recorded at the end of 2017. Long-term debt was $1,043.9 million compared with $1,023.7 million recorded as of Dec 31, 2017.
Operating cash flow for the first quarter was $44.7 million versus $46.9 million posted in the year-ago quarter.
Middleby expects that the recently-made acquisitions will continue to boost its revenues and profitability in the upcoming quarters. This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company believes the restructuring moves and product launches will also help strengthen its competency.
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