Allison Transmission Holdings Inc.’s ALSN second-quarter 2019 earnings were $1.46 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.20. In the year-ago quarter, the bottom line was $1.29. Net income in the quarter under review was $181 million compared with $174 million in the year-ago quarter.
In the reported quarter, net sales rose 4% year over year to $737 million. Moreover, the figure outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $688 million. Favorable demand outside North America Off-Highway and North America On-Highway end markets drove sales.
Gross profit increased 4% year over year to $389 million. Gross margin was 52.8% compared with 52.6% recorded prior-year quarter. This upside was primarily driven by improved net sales and price increases on certain products.
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Quarter in Detail
Allison segregated revenues by the end markets served, which are as follows:
Net sales in the North America On-Highway end market increased 16% to $398 million, driven by higher demand for rugged duty series and highway series models.
Net sales in the North America Off-Highway end market declined $31 million to $9 million. The downside was caused by lower demand from hydraulic fracturing applications.
Net sales in the Defense end market went down 14% to $37 million, driven by intra-year movement in the timing of tracked vehicle demand.
The Outside North America On-Highway end market’s net sales increased 5% to $106 million, owing to higher demand in Europe and South America.
Net sales in the Outside North America Off-Highway end market increased $24 million to $40 million in second-quarter 2019 on higher demand in the energy sector.
Net sales in the Service Parts, Support Equipment & Other end market fell 13% to $147 million, thanks to lower demand for North America service parts.
Allison had cash and cash equivalents of $153 million as of Jun 30, 2019 compared with $231 million as of Dec 31, 2018. Long-term debt was $2.5 billion as of Jun 30, almost in line with the figure recorded on Dec 31, 2018.
In second-quarter 2019, the company’s net cash provided by operating activities was $239 million compared with $213 million in the year-ago quarter. Adjusted free cash flow in the reported quarter was $214 million compared with $194 million in the prior-year quarter.
Allison reiterated its guidance for 2019. For the year, it anticipates net sales in the range of $2.63-$2.71 billion. Further, net income is estimated to be $545-$585 million and adjusted EBITDA is projected in the band of $1.03-$1.08 billion.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Currently, Allison has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the auto space worth considering are Copart, Inc CPRT, CarMax, Inc KMX and Gentex Corporation GNTX. While Copart sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), CarMax and Gentex carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Copart has an expected long-term growth rate of 20%. In the past year, shares of the company have rallied 34.7%.
CarMax has an expected long-term growth rate of 12.6%. In the past year, shares of the company have moved up 19.9%.
Gentex has an expected long-term growth rate of 5%. In the past year, shares of the company have returned 20.9%.
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