Jabil, Inc. (JBL - Free Report) reported second-quarter fiscal 2019 earnings of 64 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by three cents but decreased 3% year over year.
Revenues increased 14.4% year over year to $6.07 billion that outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of almost $6 billion.
At the end of the second quarter, new business award wins for fiscal 2019 are roughly $2.40 billion. Both healthcare and 5G wireless wins are up $50 million since fiscal 2018-end. Cloud is up 30-40% since the beginning of the fiscal year and automotive business wins met management’s target.
Moreover, during the quarter, Jabil transitioned the first two sites from Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC) as part of the previously announced strategic collaboration between the companies.
Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) revenues (63% of total revenues) surged 33% year over year to $3 billion, driven by strength in retail, industrial, 5G and cloud end-markets.
Diversified Manufacturing Services (DMS) revenues (37% of revenues) decreased 7% year over year to $2.3 billion, primarily due to weak demand for mobility, which is part of Mechanics and Edge Devices & Accessories end-markets.
Gross margin on a GAAP basis remained unchanged year over year at 7.5%.
Operating expenses on a GAAP basis declined 10 basis points (bps) to 5%. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) and research & development (R&D) expenses as percentage of revenues remained flat at 4.7% and 0.2%, respectively.
Moreover, Jabil incurred $13 million of acquisition and integration related expenses.
Non-GAAP core operating margin contacted 20 bps to 3.1%.
EMS core margin declined 100 bps on a year-over-year basis to 2.3%, primarily due to softness in the capital equipment space and costs associated with the ramping up of new business awards. However, DMS core margin improved 110 bps on a year-over-year basis to 4.5%.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
Jabil exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $749.1 million compared with $804.4 million in the previous quarter.
In the quarter, cash flow from operations was $199 million, while free cash flow was $28 million.
Jabil bought approximately 6 million shares at average price of $24.35 per share, thereby fully utilizing its $350-million repurchase authorization.
For third-quarter fiscal 2019, Jabil expects total revenues between $5.7 billion and $6.3 billion. Revenues are expected to grow almost 10% year over year.
DMS revenues are forecasted to be $2 billion, down roughly 12% year over year. EMS revenues are forecasted to be $4 billion, up nearly 27% year over year.
Core operating income is estimated to be $150-$200 million. The company’s core earnings are expected to be 47-67 cents per share on a non-GAAP basis.
Jabil is focusing on end-markets and product diversification. Management’s target is that “no product or product family should be greater than 5% of operating income or cash flows in any fiscal year.” The diversification will increase reliability of the company’s earnings and revenues.
For fiscal 2019, cloud end-market revenues are expected to be more than $1 billion.
For fiscal 2019, Jabil expects earnings of almost $3 per share on revenues of $25 billion. Adjusted free cash flow is expected around $400 million, up 60% year over year.
For DMS segment, Jabil expects core margin to be 3.7%, up 20 bps despite an anticipated revenue decline of $10 billion. The anticipated strength in healthcare is expected to make up for mobility weakness.
Further, EMS segment is expected to benefit from robust performance of 5G wireless and cloud, while an anticipated decline in enterprise sales is a concern. Continued weakness in semiconductor capital equipment business is expected to hurt EMS margins by 20 bps despite $15-billion higher revenues.
Moreover, for fiscal 2020, revenues associated with the J&J collaboration are expected between $800 million and $1 billion.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Jabil currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are Alteryx (AYX - Free Report) , eGain Corporation (EGAN - Free Report) and Cadence Design Systems (CDNS - Free Report) . All the three stocks flaunt a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth rate for Alteryx, eGain Corporation and Cadence Design Systems is currently pegged at 15.4%, 30% and 12%, respectively.
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