Roper Technologies, Inc. (ROP - Free Report) kept its earnings streak alive in the first quarter of 2019, pulling off a positive earnings surprise of 18.7%.
Adjusted earnings in the reported quarter were $3.30 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.78. Also, quarterly earnings increased 26.4% from the year-ago quarter number of $2.61 backed by solid revenue growth.
Inside the Headlines
Roper’s adjusted revenues in the first quarter came in at $1,288 million, indicating growth of 7% year over year. This improvement was primarily driven by 6% organic growth and 2% gain from acquired assets, partially offset by 1% adverse impact of unfavorable movements in foreign currencies. Further, the top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,277 million.
Revenues, including purchase accounting adjustment to acquired deferred revenues, were $1,287 million, up from the year-ago reported figure of $1,203 million.
Notably, the company recently worked on its business segment restructuring initiative. The new segments will support the company’s diversified, niche market strategy by emphasizing business models.
The company reports revenues under four segments. A brief discussion of the quarterly results is provided below:
Application Software’s revenues totaled $381.2 million, representing 29.6% of the reported quarter’s revenues. On a year-over-year basis, the segment’s revenues grew 17.6%.
The Network Software & Systems segment generated revenues of $345.7 million, accounting for roughly 26.8% of the first quarter’s revenues. Sales grew 10.1% year over year.
The Measurement & Analytical Solutions segment generated revenues of $401.8 million, accounting for roughly 31.2% of the quarter’s revenues. Sales declined 0.5% year over year.
The Process Technologies segment generated revenues of $158.5 million, accounting for roughly 12.4% of the March-end quarter’s revenues. Sales edged down 1.4% year over year.
In the January-March quarter, Roper’s cost of sales increased 5.4% year over year to $476.6 million. Cost of sales was 37% of the quarter’s revenues versus 37.6% witnessed in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted gross profit in the quarter increased 8% year over year to $811 million, with margin at 63%, reflecting year-over-year expansion of 50 basis points (bps).
Selling, general and administrative expenses flared up 3.1% year over year to $464.2 million. It represented 36.1% of revenues in the reported quarter versus 37.4% in the year-ago quarter. Operating profit jumped 12.6% year over year to $384.9 million, with year-over-year growth of 150 bps in the margin to 29.9%.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
Exiting the first quarter, Roper had cash and cash equivalents of $392.5 million, compared with $364.4 million recorded as of Dec 31, 2018. Long-term debt decreased 9.2% sequentially to $4,487 million.
In the reported quarter, the company generated net cash of $290.3 million from operating activities, roughly 3% higher than the year-ago tally. Capital expenditure totaled $15.8 million, higher than the year-ago figure of $9.7 million.Adjusted free cash flow in the quarter was up 15% year over year to $312 million.
For 2019, adjusted earnings per share are anticipated to be $12.70-$13.00, higher than the range of $12.00-$12.40 guided earlier.
For the second quarter of 2019, earnings are projected at $3.00-$3.04 per share.
Zacks Rank & Other Key Picks
Roper currently flaunts a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
Some other top-ranked stocks in the space are DXP Enterprises, Inc. (DXPE - Free Report) , Cintas Corp. (CTAS - Free Report) and Actuant Corp. (ATU - Free Report) . While DXP Enterprises sports a Zacks Rank #1, Cintas and Actuant carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
DXP Enterprises delivered an average earnings surprise of 46.55% in the trailing four quarters.
Cintas pulled off an average positive earnings surprise of 6.09% over the last four quarters.
Actuant recorded an average earnings surprise of 11.01% in the preceding four quarters.
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