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AZZ Incorporated AZZ posted earnings per share of 60 cents in first-quarter fiscal 2019 (ended May 31, 2018), which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 47 cents by 27.66% and improved 17.6% year over year.
In the quarter under review, the company delivered revenues of $262.2 million, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $219 million by 19.7%.
The top line increased 27.7% from $205 million in the prior-year quarter. Revenues in the Energy and Metal Coatings segments increased 29.8% and 25.2%, respectively, on a year-over-year basis.
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Backlogs & Booking
Bookings in first-quarter fiscal 2019 were $320.5 million and the book to ship ratio of 1.22.
At the end of the first quarter fiscal 2019, the company’s total backlog was $329.7million, up 7.6% from $306.4 million in the year-ago period. Of the existing backlog, 43% will be delivered outside the United States.
Total operating income in the quarter improved 18.3% to $23.7 million from the year-ago quarter’s figure.
Selling, general and administrative expenses came in at $35 million, up 28% from $27.4 million in the prior-year quarter.
Interest expenses in first-quarter fiscal 2019 increased to $3.8 million from $3.3 million in the prior-year quarter.
The company reaffirmed fiscal 2019 earnings per share guidance in the range of $1.75-$2.25 and sales guidance in the range of $900-$960 million.
AZZ currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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