AMETEK, Inc. (AME - Free Report) reported second-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings of 83 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 5 cents and also surpassed management’s guided range of 76-78 cents per share. Further, the figure increased 28% from the year-ago quarter and 6.4% sequentially.
Net sales increased 14.1% on a year-over-year basis and 3.4% sequentially to $1.21 billion, driven by robust organic growth and strong contribution from acquisitions. The figure also came ahead of Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.17 billion.
AMETEK recorded organic sales growth of 7% in the reported quarter. Additionally, improved operational activities drove the results.
The company continues to reap benefits from the execution of its four core growth strategies — operational excellence, global market expansion, investments in product development and strategic acquisitions.
Notably, shares of AMETEK have returned 23.5% over a year, outperforming the industry’s rally of 12.5%.
Top Line in Detail
AMETEK reports sales in two organized segments — Electronic Instruments Group (“EIG”) and Electromechanical Group (“EMG”)
EIG (61.6% of total sales): The company generated $744.5 million of sales in this segment, up 3.9% sequentially and 13.2% from the year-ago quarter. Robust organic sales in this quarter drove year-over-year growth. Moreover, benefits from acquisitions contributed well to the results within this segment.
EMG (38.4% of sales): This segment generated $464.5 million of sales in this quarter, increasing 14.1% on year-over-year basis and 1.8% from the previous quarter. Year-over-year growth can primarily be attributed to solid organic sales growth and positive contributions from the acquisition of FMH Aerospace.
For the second quarter, operating margin was 22.3%, which expanded 70 basis points (bps) from the prior-year quarter and 30 bps on a sequential basis. This can primarily be attributed to robust performance of AMETEK in both the segments, which exhibited operational efficiency in the reported quarter.
EIG contributed 71.8% to the total operating income and improved 18.4% from the prior-year quarter, while EMG accounted for 34.9% of the operating income and was up 11.4% year over year.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were 12.2%, as percentage of sales, which contracted 20 basis points (bps) from the year-ago quarter but rose 50 bps on a sequential basis.
As of Jun 30, 2018, cash and cash equivalents was $557.7 million, up from $556.8 million as of Mar 31, 2018.
Long-term debt was $1.84 billion, which decreased from $1.89 billion in the previous quarter.
For third-quarter 2018, AMETEK expects sales to increase by high-single digit on a year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for sales is pegged at $1.17 billion.
Earnings are anticipated to lie in the range of 76-78 cents per diluted share, which reflects year-over-year growth of 15-18%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is projected at 77 cents per share.
For 2018, the company anticipates total sales to grow by low-double digits and organic sales by mid-single digit. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $4.74 billion.
Further, AMETEK revised its guided range upward for adjusted earnings per share from $3.06-$3.12 to $3.16-$3.2, which reflects 21-23% growth from 2017. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at $3.14 per share.
Zacks Rank and Other Stocks to Consider
AMETEK carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Some other top-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are TripAdvisor (TRIP - Free Report) , Micron Technology (MU - Free Report) and Stoneridge (SRI - Free Report) . While Micron Technology and TripAdvisor sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Stoneridge carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth rate for TripAdvisor, Micron Technology and Stoneridge is pegged at 13.85%, 8.18%, and 8.5%, respectively.
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