Shares of Magna International Inc. MGA gained roughly 3.6% in a day’s trading, following its first-quarter 2018 earnings release. The company reported adjusted earnings per share of $1.84, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.66 and the year-ago figure of $1.53.
Revenues increased 21% year over year to $10.79 billion. The top line also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $10 billion. The rise in sales is primarily owing to growth across all its operating segments.
Moreover, the company reported a 16% increase in adjusted EBIT to $875 million from the year-ago figure of $818 million.
Magna International Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Revenues at the Body Exteriors & Structures segment was $4.6 billion in the reported quarter compared with $4.17 billion recorded in first-quarter 2017. However, adjusted EBIT declined 9% year over year to $340 million.
Revenues at the Power & Vision segment totaled $3.2 billion in comparison with $2.9 billion recorded in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EBIT gained 30% year over year to $358 million.
Revenues at the Seating Systems segment totaled $1.47 billion compared with $1.34 billion recorded in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EBIT rose 14% year over year to $130 million.
Revenues from the Complete Vehicles segment increased to $1.66 billion in the quarter under review from $527 million in first-quarter 2017. Adjusted EBIT mounted 9% year over year to $28 million.
Magna International had $769 million of cash and cash equivalents as of Mar 31, 2018, compared with $726 million as of Dec 31, 2017. The company had long-term debt of $3.2 billion as of Mar 31, 2018, almost in line with the figure recorded on Dec 31, 2017.
At the end of first-quarter 2018, Magna International’s cash flow from operations was $577 million in comparison with $457 million recorded in the first quarter of the prior year.
The company’s board of directors has announced a quarterly dividend of 33 cents per share for the first quarter. This dividend is payable on Jun 8, 2018, to shareholders of record as of May 25, 2018.
During the reported quarter, Magna International repurchased 1.9 million shares for $103 million.
For full-year 2018, the company expects light-vehicle production in North America to be around 17.3 million units, a decline from the previous anticipation of 17.4 million. For Europe, it is expected to be 22.6 million units against the prior expectation of 22.3-22.4 million.
Moreover, Magna International anticipates total sales of $40.9-$43.1 billion compared with the prior expectation of $39.3-$41.5 billion. The anticipation for total sales includes projected sales of Complete Vehicle, Body Exteriors & Structures, Power & Vision and Seating Systems, each in the band of $17.3-$18.1 billion, $12.3-$12.9 billion, $5.5-$5.9 billion and $6.4-$6.8 billion, respectively.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Magna International carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A few better-ranked stocks in the auto space are General Motors Corporation GM, Ferrari N.V. RACE and Volkswagen AG , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
General Motors has expected long-term growth rate of 5.5%. In a year’s time, shares of the company have gained 10.6%.
Ferrari has expected long-term growth rate of 17.3%. Shares of the company have risen 61.1% over the past year.
Volkswagen has expected long-term growth rate of 6.2%. Over the past year, shares of the company have gained 25.4%.
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