PACCAR Inc. PCAR has reported earnings of $1.53 per share for fourth-quarter 2019, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.50, mainly aided by higher income and revenues from the company’s parts unit. However, the reported figure came in lower than the prior-year quarter’s $1.65.
Consolidated revenues (including trucks and financial services) came in at $6.12 billion, outpacing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.55 billion. The top-line figure, however, came in lower than the year-ago quarter’s $6.28 billion.
During the reported quarter, the company recorded total pre-tax income of $687.8 million, reflecting a decline from the prior-year quarter’s $752.4 million. The company’s net income fell to $531.3 million from the $578.1 million reported in fourth-quarter 2018.
SG&A expenses during fourth-quarter 2019 rose 8.3% to $148 million from the $136.6 million incurred in fourth-quarter 2018. R&D expenses flared up 3.9% to $83.6 million in the December-end quarter from the fourth-quarter 2018 number of $80.5 million.
Revenues from trucks, parts and others totaled $5.71 billion in the fourth quarter, up from the prior-year quarter’s $5.93 billion. The segment’s pre-tax income decreased to $599.6 million from the $645.3 million recorded a year ago.
Revenues in the financial services segment increased to $406.3 million from the year-earlier quarter’s $347 million. Pre-tax income declined to $68.1 million from the $87.2 million reported in the year-ago quarter.
Share Repurchase & Cash Position
During 2019, the company repurchased 1.68 million shares of its common stock for $110.2 million. As of Dec 31, 2019, it had shares of $430.5 million remaining for repurchase under the current $500-million program.
PACCAR’s cash and marketable debt securities amounted to $5.17 billion as of Dec 31, 2019, compared with $4.30 billion as of Dec 31, 2018.
Retail unit sale for Class 8 trucks in the United States and Canada is anticipated to be 230,000-260,000 for 2020.
For the ongoing year, capital expenditures are projected at $625-$675 million, and research and development expenses are estimated in the $310-$340 million band.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
PACCAR currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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