The Toro Company (TTC - Free Report) posted second-quarter fiscal 2018 (ended May 4, 2018) earnings of $1.20 per share, up 22% from 98 cents recorded in the year-ago quarter. Additionally, earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.19.
On a reported basis, earnings came in at $1.21 per share compared with $1.08 per share recorded in the prior-year quarter.
Toro’s net sales inched up 0.3% year over year to $875 million in the quarter. The top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $910 million.
Cost of sales in the quarter edged down 1% year over year to $551 million. Gross profit came in at $324 million, up 2.4% year over year. Gross margin expanded 80 basis points (bps) year over year to 37%.
Selling, general and administrative expenses declined 2% to $154 million. Operating profit improved 7% year over year to $170 million. Operating margin came in at 19.5%, advancing 120 bps year over year.
The Professional segment’s sales increased 8% year over year to $660 million. Operating profit recorded by the segment came in at $165 million, up 11% from $149 million recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Net sales in the Residential segment declined around 18% year over year to $212 million. Operating profit in the segment was $26 million, down 25% year over year.
At the end of the fiscal second quarter, Toro generated cash and cash equivalents of $206 million, which decreased from $265 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. Cash flow from operations came in at $138 million during the six-month period ended May 4, 2018, compared with $168 million reported in the comparable period last year.
Long-term debt, excluding the current portion, totaled $299 million as of May 4, 2018, compared with $312 million as of May 5, 2017.
For fiscal 2018, Toro lowered its earnings per share guidance to $2.66-$2.71 from the previous range of $2.67-$2.73. The company maintained its revenue growth outlook for the fiscal to around 4%. For third-quarter fiscal 2018, the company guides net earnings to be 64-67 cents per share.
Toro is poised to benefit from upbeat trends in the golf business with increased sales of green mowers. Further, the company’s new initiative, Vision 2020, will help focus on driving profitable growth while emphasizing on innovation and serving customers.
Share Price Performance
In a year’s time, shares of Toro have outperformed the industry to which it belongs to. The company’s shares have lost 7.7%, while the industry incurred a loss of 8.2%.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Toro currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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Weight Watchers has a long-term earnings growth rate of 15%. The stock has appreciated 196% in a year’s time.
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