Barnes Group Inc. B reported better-than-expected results for fourth-quarter 2019. Its earnings surpassed estimates by 8.9%. This was its third consecutive quarter of impressive results.
The company’s adjusted earnings in the reported quarter were 86 cents per share. This surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 79 cents. Also, the bottom line increased 2.4% from the year-ago quarter figure of 84 cents, benefiting largely from improved operating results.
For 2019, the company’s adjusted earnings were $3.21 per share, within its guidance of $3.18-$3.23. However, the bottom-line results reflected a decline of 0.3% from the year-ago figure of $3.22 and lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.38.
In the reported quarter, Barnes’ net sales decreased 3.6% year over year to $370.2 million. Organic sales in the quarter declined 4% year over year and forex woes had an adverse impact of 1%. However, acquisitions contributed 1% to sales growth.
The company’s revenues lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $374.5 million by 1.2%.
Barnes reports revenues under two heads — Industrial and Aerospace. A brief snapshot of the segmental sales is provided below:
Revenues generated from Industrial amounted to $230.9 million, declining 9.5% year over year. The segment suffered from trade uncertainties and weakness in industrial manufacturing across the globe. Organic sales were down 10% year over year, while forex woes had an adverse impact of 1%. Buyouts had a positive impact of 2%.
Aerospace’s sales were $139.3 million in the fourth quarter, up 7.9% from the last reported quarter. Aftermarket revenues were driven by growth in spare parts as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul sales. Meanwhile, new engine programs boosted aerospace original equipment manufacturing revenues.
For 2019, the company’s net sales were $1.49 billion, reflecting a marginal decline of 0.3% from the previous year. Also, the top line lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.51 billion.
In the reported quarter, Barnes’ cost of sales decreased 10% year over year to $226.8 million. Notably, cost of sales represented 61.3% of net sales versus 65.6% in the year-ago quarter. Selling and administrative expenses increased 2.6% year over year to $82.1 million, and represented 22.2% of net sales.
Adjusted operating income in the quarter increased 8.4% year over year to $63.5 million, while margin expanded 190 basis points to 17.2%. Interest expenses totaled $4.8 million in the reported quarter.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
Exiting the fourth quarter, Barnes’ cash and cash equivalents were $93.8 million, up 16.6% from $80.5 million recorded in the last reported quarter. Long-term debt was $825 million, reflecting a 3.6% decline from $856.1 million in the last reported quarter. During 2019, the company repaid long-term debt of $341.4 million.
In 2019, it generated net cash of $248.3 million from operating activities, up 4.7% from the previous year. Capital expenditure totaled $53.2 million, decreasing 7% year over year. Free cash flow was $195 million versus $179.9 million in 2018.
During the year, Barnes paid out dividends amounting to $32.5 million, representing a 1% increase over the previous year’s disbursement. Also, shares worth $50.3 million were repurchased in the year.
On Feb 5, 2020, Barnes divested the Seeger-Orbis business to the Kajo Neukirchen Group. The deal was originally signed in December 2019.
As noted, the divested business was part of the Engineered Components unit within Barnes’ Industrial segment.
Additionally, on Feb 14, the company announced that its board of directors approved the payment of a quarterly cash dividend of 16 cents per share to shareholders of record as of Feb 27. The disbursement will be made on Mar 10.
For 2020, Barnes anticipates adjusted earnings of $3.12-$3.32 per share, suggesting a decline of 3% to growth of 3% from 2019 adjusted figure.
Total revenues are predicted to decline modestly from the previous year. While organic sales are predicted to increase 1-3% in the year, divestment of the Seeger business will likely have an adverse impact of 4%. Forex impact will probably be neutral on sales.
Operating margin is predicted to be 16-17% in the year. Effective tax rate will likely be 24-24.5%, while capital expenditure will probably total $60 million. The divestiture of the Seeger business will likely have an impact of 10 cents per share on earnings in 2020.
Barnes Group, Inc. Price and Consensus
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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
With a market capitalization of $3.4 billion, Barnes currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks in the Zacks Industrial Products sector are Graco Inc. GGG, Dover Corporation DOV and Actuant Corporation EPAC. While Graco currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), both Dover and Actuant carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
In the past 60 days, earnings estimates for these companies have improved for the current year. Further, positive earnings surprise for the last four quarters, on average, was 0.40% for Graco, 5.36% for Dover and 18.57% for Actuant.
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