Arconic Inc. (ARNC - Free Report) swung to a loss (as reported) of $121 million or 27 cents per share in second-quarter 2019, from a profit of $120 million or 24 cents in the prior-year quarter. The bottom line was hurt by non-cash asset impairment charges of $357 million.
Barring one-time items, adjusted earnings per share were 58 cents, up from 37 cents a year ago. The figure topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 50 cents.
Arconic generated revenues of $3,691 million, up around 3% year over year. It beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,641.7 million.
Organic revenues rose 10% year over year on the back of strong volumes across all segments and major markets and favorable pricing.
Engineered Products and Solutions (EP&S): Revenues in the division were $1.6 billion, up 6% year over year. Organic revenues in the segment rose 8%, supported by growth in aerospace engines and defense.
Global Rolled Products (GRP): Revenues in the division came in at $1.6 billion in the quarter, essentially flat year over year. Organic revenues in the segment went up 11%.
Transportation and Construction Solutions (TCS): Revenues in the segment were $548 million, down 2% year over year. Organic revenues rose 3%.
Arconic had cash and cash equivalents of $1,357 million at the end of the quarter, down around 7% year over year. Long-term debt fell roughly 7% year over year to $5,901 million.
Cash provided from operations was $106 million in the reported quarter.
Arconic continues to expect revenues in the range of $14.3-$14.6 billion for 2019. The company has raised its adjusted earnings guidance to the range of $1.95-$2.05 per share from the prior view of $1.75-$1.90 per share. Moreover, it now expects adjusted free cash flow to be in the band of $700-$800 million, up from $650-$750 million expected earlier.
The company expects adjusted earnings for the third quarter to be in the range of 47-53 cents.
Arconic's shares have gained 14.8% in the past year against the industry’s 21% decline.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Arconic currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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