Carpenter Technology (CRS - Free Report) delivered adjusted net income of $48.9 million or $1.00 per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 (ended Jun 30, 2019), which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 94 cents. Further, the figure was higher than the year-ago quarter’s net income of $42.8 million or 88 cents per share. Strong operational performance and healthy demand across key end-use markets led to the improvement in quarterly numbers.
Net sales of $641 million for the quarter rose 4% year over year and surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $628 million. Volumes were down 4% on a year-over-year basis.
Cost of goods sold in the reported quarter improved around 3% year over year to $519 million. Gross profit rose 7% year over year to $123 million in the reported quarter. Operating profit in the quarter was $68 million, advancing 13% from $60 million in the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 10.6% in the quarter compared with 9.7% in the prior-year quarter. The company generated its strongest quarterly operating income performance since fiscal 2013.
Carpenter Technology Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
The Specialty Alloys Operations segment reported sales of $532 million compared with $498 million in the prior-year-quarter. The segment sold 70,084 pounds, 4% lower than the prior-year quarter. Operating profit was $87 million, up 17% from the year-ago quarter.
The Performance Engineered Products’ net sales rose 8% year over year to $126 million in the reported quarter. The segment sold 4,180 pounds, 59% higher from the prior-year quarter.
Carpenter Technology exited fiscal 2019 with cash and cash equivalents of $27 million compared with $56.2 million at the end of fiscal 2018. The company’s long-term debt rose to $551 million at the end of the fiscal 2019 from $546 million as of fiscal 2018 end. Cash flow from operating activities were $232 million in fiscal 2019 compared with $209 million in the prior fiscal.
Fiscal 2019 Performance
Carpenter Technology’s adjusted net income was $168 million or $3.46 per share in fiscal 2019, up from fiscal 2018’s net income of $120 million or $2.50 per share. Adjusted earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.23.
In fiscal 2019, net sales came in at $2.38 billion, up 10% from the prior fiscal and also ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.37 billion.
Carpenter Technology’s shares have fallen 21.1% over the past year, compared with the industry's decline of 25.7%.
Zacks Rank & Other Key Picks
Carpenter Technology currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Some other top-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are SSR Mining Inc (SSRM - Free Report) , Alamos Gold Inc (AGI - Free Report) and Arconic Inc (ARNC - Free Report) , all sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
SSR Mining has an expected earnings growth rate of 134.8% for 2019. The company’s shares have surged 58.7% in the past year.
Alamos Gold has a projected earnings growth rate of a whopping 260% for the current year. The company’s shares have gained 35.6% in a year’s time.
Arconic has an estimated earnings growth rate of 38.2% for the ongoing year. Its shares have moved up 12.2% over the past year.
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