AMETEK, Inc. (AME - Free Report) delivered first-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of $1 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3 cents and also surpassed management’s guidance of 95-97 cents. The figure increased 15% from the year-ago quarter and 16.3% sequentially.
Net sales increased 10.2% on a year-over-year basis and 1.6% sequentially to $1.29 billion. The figure topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.27 billion. Robust organic growth and positive contributions from acquisitions drove year-over-year top-line improvement.
The company recorded organic sales growth of 5% in the reported quarter. Improved operational activities and strong segmental performance also aided results.
We believe that the company’s proper execution of the four core growth strategies of operational excellence, global market expansion, investments in product development and acquisitions are expected to continue benefiting business growth in the near term as well as in the long haul.
Top Line in Detail
AMETEK reports sales undertwo organized segments — Electronic Instruments Group (“EIG”) and Electromechanical Group (“EMG”).
EIG (62.7% of total sales): The company generated $806.9 million of sales from this segment, which reflected growth of 13% from the year-ago quarter. The benefits from acquisitions of Forza, Motec, Tellular, Spectro Scientific and Soundcom drove year-over-year growth in this segment. Further, organic sales in the reported quarter remained positive in this segment.
EMG (37.3% of sales): This segment generated $480.8 million of sales in the first quarter, which increased 5.4% on a year-over-year basis. Top-line growth in this segment can primarily be attributed to solid organic sales growth.
For the first quarter, operating margin was 22.2%, which was in line with the year-ago quarter’s figure.
Segment wise, operating margins for EIG and EMG were 25.2% and 20.6%, contracting 40 bps and expanded 70 bps, respectively, on a year-over-year basis.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were 11.9% as a percentage of sales, expanding 20 bps from the year-ago quarter.
As of Mar 31, 2019, cash and cash equivalents were $368.1 million, up from $354 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
Long-term debt was $2.37 billion, up from $2.27 billion in the previous quarter.
For second-quarter 2019, AMETEK expects sales to grow by a high-single digit on a year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for sales is pegged at $1.32 billion.
Earnings are anticipated to be $1.00-$1.02 per diluted share, reflecting year-over-year growth of 9-11%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is projected at $1.02.
For 2019, the company anticipates total sales to grow in a high-single digit and organic sales to rise 3-5%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $5.24 billion.
Further, AMETEK revised guidance upward for adjusted earnings per share from $3.95-$4.05 to $3.98-$4.08, reflecting growth of 9-11% from the actual figure reported in 2018. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2019 earnings is pegged at $4.04.
Zacks Rank and Other Stocks to Consider
AMETEK currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
A few other top-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are Avid Technology, Inc. (AVID - Free Report) , Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A - Free Report) and Mettler-Toledo International, Inc. (MTD - Free Report) . While Avid Technology currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Agilent Technologies and Mettler-Toledo carry a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth for Avid Technology, Agilent Technologies and Mettler-Toledo is projected at 10%, 11.75% and 12.57%, respectively.
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