AZZ Incorporated (AZZ - Free Report) posted earnings per share (EPS) of 43 cents in second-quarter fiscal 2019 (ended Aug 31, 2018), which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 45 cents by 4.44%. Nevertheless, the bottom line improved 13.1% year over year.
In the quarter under review, the company delivered revenues of $222.8 million, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $231 million by 3.5%.
The top line increased 13.5% from $196.3 million in the prior-year quarter. Revenues in the Energy and Metal Coatings segments increased 9.5% and 17.4% on a year-over-year basis, respectively.
AZZ Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Backlogs & Booking
Bookings in second-quarter fiscal 2019 were $253.9 million and the book-to-revenue ratio was at 1.13.
At the end of second-quarter fiscal 2019, the company’s total backlog was $ 336 million, up 12% from $300.1 million in the year-ago quarter. Of the existing backlog, 54% will be delivered outside the United States.
Total operating income in the quarter inched down 1.6% to $17.1 million from the year-ago quarter’s figure.
Selling, general and administrative expenses came in at $29.7 million, up 12.8% from $26.4 million in the prior-year quarter.
Interest expenses increased 17% to $3.9 million from $3.4 million in the prior-year quarter.
Cash and cash equivalents as of Aug 31, 2018 was of $9.2 million compared with $20.8 million as of Feb 28, 2018.
Long-term debt was $295.7 million as of Aug 31, 2018 compared with $286.6 million as of Feb 28, 2018.
Net cash provided by continuing operations activities at the end of first six months of 2018 was $17.5 million, up from $2.8 million at the end of first six months of 2017.
The company revised fiscal 2019 EPS guidance in the range to $1.90-$2.25 from $1.75- $2.25. Also, it raised sales guidance to the range to $930-$970 million from to $900-$960 million.
AZZ currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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