Arconic Inc. logged profits (as reported) of $218 million or 44 cents per share in fourth-quarter 2018, against a net loss of $727 million or $1.51 per share in the prior-year quarter.
Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings per share (EPS) came in at 33 cents and beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 30 cents.
Revenues improved around 6.1% year over year to $3,472 million and surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,412.3 million.
Organic revenues rose 10% year over year on the back of higher volumes across all businesses, including double-digit growth in most major end markets.
In 2018, total revenues increased 8% year over year to $14 billion and organic revenues rose 7%.
Net income came in at $642 million or $1.30 per share, against a net loss of $74 million 28 cents per share.
Engineered Products and Solutions (EP&S): Revenues in the division totaled $1.6 billion for the reported quarter, up 8% year over year. Organic revenues in the segment rose 9%, supported by volume growth in aerospace engines and defense.
Global Rolled Products (GRP): Revenues in the division amounted to $1.4 billion in the quarter, up 9% year over year. Organic revenues in the segment rose 13%.
Transportation and Construction Solutions (TCS): Revenues in the segment amounted to $497 million, down 6% year over year. Organic revenues in the segment rose 4%.
As of Dec 31, 2018, Arconic had cash and cash equivalents of roughly $2,277 million, up around 5.9% year over year. Long-term debt fell roughly 13.4% year over year to $5,896 million.
Adjusted free cash flow in 2018 nearly tripled year over year to $465 million.
Arconic provided guidance for full-year 2019. The company expects revenues in the range of $14.3-$14.6 billion. Adjusted EPS are projected in the band of $1.55-$1.65. Adjusted free cash flow is projected between $400 million and $500 million.
Portfolio Review Update
Arconic stated that its portfolio will be separated into Engineered Products & Forgings and Global Rolled Products. The company is considering the sale of businesses that do not fit into Engineered Products & Forgings or Global Rolled Products.
Arconic's shares have lost 27.7% in the past year compared with the industry’s 28.2% decline.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Arconic currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
A few better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space include Rio Tinto plc (RIO - Free Report) , The Mosaic Company (MOS - Free Report) and Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL - Free Report) . While Rio Tinto currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Mosaic and Israel Chemicals carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Rio Tinto has an expected earnings growth rate of 5.1% for 2019. The company’s shares have moved up 7.7% in the past year.
Mosaic has an expected earnings growth rate of 24% for 2019. Its shares have rallied 30.2% in a year’s time.
Israel Chemicals has an expected earnings growth rate of 11.1% for 2019. Its shares have improved 38.6% in a year’s time.
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