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Spirit Aerosystems (SPR) Down 6.8% Since Last Earnings Report: Can It Rebound?

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A month has gone by since the last earnings report for Spirit Aerosystems (SPR - Free Report) . Shares have lost about 6.8% in that time frame, underperforming the S&P 500.

Will the recent negative trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is Spirit Aerosystems due for a breakout? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let's take a quick look at the most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important drivers.

Spirit AeroSystems Q3 Earnings Beat, Revenues Miss

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings reported third-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings of $1.70 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.63 by 4.3%.

Barring one-time adjustments, the company reported GAAP earnings of $1.59 per share, compared with $1.26 in the year-ago quarter.

Highlights of the Release

Total revenues of $1,814 million missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,817 million by 0.2%. However, the top line rose 4% on a year-over-year basis.

Backlog at the end of third-quarter 2018 was $48 billion, up from the prior-quarter’s figure of $47 billion.

Segment Performance

Fuselage Systems: Revenues at the segment grew 3.6% to $991 million from $957 million in third-quarter 2017. Higher production deliveries on the Boeing 737 program and increased defense work drove the top line.

Propulsion Systems: The segment recorded revenues of $442.4 million in the quarter, up 8.5% from $407.9 million a year ago. The uptick can be attributed to higher propulsion deliveries on the Boeing 737 program.

Wing Systems: Revenues at the segment decreased 0.9% to $378.6 million from $382.2 million in the prior-year quarter. The downside was due tolower revenue recognized on the Boeing 787 program as a result of the adoption of ASC 606 and lower revenue recognized on the Airbus A350 program in accordance with pricing terms.

Financial Position

As of Sep 27, 2018, Spirit AeroSystems had $683.4 million in cash and cash equivalents compared with $423.3 as of Dec 31, 2017.

As of Sep 27, 2018, long-term debt (excluding current portion) totaled $1,869.7 million compared with $1,119.9 million at the end of 2017.

Cash flow from operating activities decreased to $567.4 million at the end of third-quarter 2018 from $624.6 million at the end of third-quarter 2017.

Capital expenditures summed $62 million compared with $51 million in the year-ago quarter.


Spirit AeroSystems reiterated financial guidance for 2018. The company continues to expect adjusted earnings per share in the range of $6.10-$6.35 on revenues of $7.2-$7.3 billion.

Additionally, management continues to expect free cash flow in the $550-$575 million band for the current year.

How Have Estimates Been Moving Since Then?

It turns out, fresh estimates flatlined during the past month.

VGM Scores

At this time, Spirit Aerosystems has a nice Growth Score of B, though it is lagging a lot on the Momentum Score front with a D. However, the stock was allocated a grade of B on the value side, putting it in the top 40% for this investment strategy.

Overall, the stock has an aggregate VGM Score of B. If you aren't focused on one strategy, this score is the one you should be interested in.


Spirit Aerosystems has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). We expect an in-line return from the stock in the next few months.

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