Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (BECN - Free Report) reported adjusted earnings of $1.18 per share in third-quarter fiscal 2018, missing than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.32 per share. The reported figure, however, increased 21.9% from 97 cents a year ago.
The year-over-year improvement was primarily driven by solid organic sales growth within non-residential roofing and complementary building products categories, improved existing markets gross margins and favorable contributions from acquired operations. However, lower volume in residential roofing and higher operating expenses, increased interest expense along with the impact from preferred dividends related to the acquisition of Allied partly offset the positives.
On a reported basis, the company recorded a loss of 55 cents per share compared with 73 cents a year ago.
This distributor of residential and non-residential roofing materials posted record sales of $1.93 billion, which surged around 59.4% year over year. Sales were positively impacted by strong residential and non-residential roofing product sales, coupled with existing and complementary product sales growth. Organic sales grew 2%, reflecting higher pricing, partly offset by volume headwinds from difficult storm comparisons within its larger traditional hail markets. However, revenues missed the consensus mark of $2.07 billion.
Residential roofing product sales were up around 23.4% year over year. Non-residential roofing product sales registered growth of 42.1% and complementary product sales increased a whopping 204.6% year over year. Existing markets sales, excluding acquisitions, inched up 2% in the fiscal third quarter.
Cost of goods sold (accounting for 74.5% of net sales) climbed 57.3% year over year to $1,441.1 million. Gross profit came in at $493.9 million, significantly up 65.9% from $297.8 million reported in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin expanded 100 basis points (bps) to 25.5%.
Operating expenses in the quarter were up 82.8% year over year to $389.1 million. Beacon Roofing reported operating income of $104.8 million, up from $84.9 million in the prior-year quarter. However, operating margin declined 160 bps year over year to 5.4% in the quarter.
Beacon Roofing reported cash and cash equivalents of $27.6 million at the end of the fiscal third quarter, down from $138.3 million reported at fiscal 2017-end. The company’s cash used in operating activities was $1 million during the nine-month period ended Jun 30, 2018 compared with cash flow provided by operating activities of $74.2 million in the prior year comparable period.
Beacon Roofing is poised to gain from improved pricing actions and continued focus on cost-restructuring activities. Additionally, the company remains committed to invest in e-commerce. It expects to drive growth organically and through acquisitions, while lowering the overall net debt leverage, adding value through technology investments, and executing the Allied integration plan.
Share Price Performance
Beacon Roofing’s shares have declined 33.4% against 2.2% growth recorded by the industry year to date.
Zacks Rank and Key Picks
Beacon Roofing currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Some better-ranked stocks in the same sector include Builders FirstSource, Inc. (BLDR - Free Report) , Fastenal Company (FAST - Free Report) and GMS Inc. (GMS - Free Report) , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Builders FirstSource, Fastenal and GMS’ current-year EPS growth rates are expected at 57.2%, 32.6% and 61.7%, respectively.
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