Flowserve Corporation (FLS - Free Report) reported first-quarter 2020 results, with earnings missing estimates by 48.8%.
The machinery company’s adjusted earnings in the reported quarter were 21 cents per share, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 41 cents. Further, the bottom line fell 48.8% from the year-ago figure of 41 cents due to temporary site closures on account of the coronavirus outbreak.
In the quarter under review, Flowserve’s sales were $894.5 million, reflecting year-over-year growth of 0.5%. However, the company’s revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $897 million by 0.3%.
Aftermarket sales in the reported quarter fell 6% year over year (or down 4.3% on a constant-currency basis) to $442.2 million. However, original equipment sales totaled $452.3 million, reflecting year-over-year growth of 7.7% (or up 9.5% on a constant-currency basis).
Bookings totaled $976.9 million in the quarter, reflecting a decline of 8.4% (or 6.6% on a constant-currency basis) from the year-ago quarter. Notably, bookings were down for both aftermarket and original equipment businesses. Backlog at the end of the reported quarter was $2.18 billion.
The company currently has two reportable segments — Flowserve Pump Division and Flow Control Division. A brief discussion on the segments is provided below:
Revenues from the Flowserve Pump Division were $635.7 million, improving 4.3% year over year or 6.2% on a constant-currency basis. Bookings fell 8.7% year over year to $685.1 million.
Revenues from the Flow Control Division were $260.3 million, declining 7.7% year over year or 6.4% on a constant-currency basis. Bookings of $296.3 million declined 7.3% year over year.
In the quarter under review, Flowserve’s cost of sales increased 5.5% year over year to $628.5 million. It represented 70.3% of sales compared with 67% in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted gross profit declined 8.1% year over year to $275.4 million, while adjusted margin fell 290 basis points (bps) year over year to 30.8%. Selling, general and administrative expenses rose 18.7% year over year to $243.6 million. It represented 27.2% of sales.
Adjusted operating income in the quarter under review declined 40.3% year over year to $52.4 million. Moreover, adjusted operating margin fell 400 bps to 5.9%. Net interest and other expenses in the quarter grew 8.1% year over year to $13.4 million. Effective tax rate was 24.5% versus 25.6% in the year-ago quarter.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Exiting the first quarter of 2020, Flowserve had cash and cash equivalents of $622.3 million, down 7.3% from $671 million at the end of the last reported quarter. Long-term debt fell 0.7% sequentially to $1,357.1 million.
In the first three months of 2020, it generated net cash of $47.3 million from operating activities, up 22.9% from the year-ago comparable period. Capital expenditure in the quarter totaled $17.3 million, increasing 63.2% from $10.6 million spent in the year-ago quarter.
During the quarter, the company used $26 million for distributing dividends and $32.1 million for repurchasing shares.
Flowserve is progressing well with transformation initiatives. The multi-year Flowserve 2.0 strategy will likely help in simplifying the operating model and spur growth. However, the duration of the coronavirus pandemic and the impacts on the demand for the company’s products and services will likely have a bearing on its results.
Notably, it has withdrawn its guidance for 2020 on end-market uncertainties, owing to the outbreak.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
Some better-ranked stocks are Intellicheck, Inc. (IDN - Free Report) , Mueller Industries Inc (MLI - Free Report) and Berry Global Group, Inc. (BERY - Free Report) . All the companies currently carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Intellicheck delivered a positive earnings surprise of 70.24%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.
Mueller Industries delivered a positive earnings surprise of 32.86%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.
Berry Global delivered a positive earnings surprise of 6.63%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.
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