Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP - Free Report) reported adjusted earnings of 52 cents per share for fourth-quarter 2018, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 61 cents. Further, the bottom line was lower than the prior-year quarter figure of 54 cents per share.
During the quarter under review, earnings from continuing operations were $12.2 million against loss of $8.1 million in the prior-year quarter.
During the reported quarter, total revenues increased to $247 million from $240 million a year ago. The top line was almost in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Gross profit increased to $71.6 million from $69.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Operating income also increased to $18.4 million from $15.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
For 2018, earnings were $2.55 per share, down from the 2017 figure of $2.83.
For 2018, revenues were $1.1 billion, almost the same as the 2017 figure.
During the reported quarter, revenues from the Engine Management segment increased to $203 million from $198 million a year ago.
Operating income was $23.9 million (11.8% of sales) compared with $22.8 million (11.5% of sales) in the prior-year quarter.
Revenues at the Temperature Control segment increased to $41.8 million from $40.3 million a year ago. The segment recorded operating loss of $3.5 million (negative 8.3% of sales) against operating income of $50,000 (0.1% of sales) in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Revenues at the All Other segment increased to $2.2 million from $1.7 million a year ago. The segment registered operating loss of $4.6 million, lower than loss of $5 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Standard Motor had cash and cash equivalents of $11.1 million as of Dec 31, 2018, compared with $17.3 million as of Dec 31, 2017. Other long-term debt was $153,000 as of Dec 31, 2018, compared with $79,000 as of Dec 31, 2017.
The company’s board of directors approved an increase in quarterly dividend from 21 cents to 23 cents per common share. The dividend will be paid on Mar 1, 2019.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Currently, Standard Motor carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
A few better-ranked stocks in the auto space are General Motors Company (GM - Free Report) , Oshkosh Corp. (OSK - Free Report) , and American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AXL - Free Report) , each presently carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see tthe complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
General Motors has an expected long-term growth rate of 8.5%. Over the past three months, shares of the company have risen 9.4%.
Oshkosh has an expected long-term growth rate of 11.3%. Over the past three months, shares of the company have surged 15%.
American Axle & Manufacturing has an expected long-term growth rate of 8.1%. Over the past three months, shares of the company have risen 16.8%.
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