Cummins Inc. CMI has reported earnings of $4.20 per share in first-quarter 2019, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.51. In the year-ago quarter, it recorded earnings per share of $1.96.
During the reported quarter, net income attributable to Cummins was $663 million against net loss of $325 million in the prior-year quarter.
Revenues improved 8% year over year to $6 billion in the reported quarter. The top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.81 billion. This year-over-year rise was due to increased truck production in North America, and strong demand in global construction and North America power generation markets.
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Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose to $1 billion (17.2% of sales) from $700 million (12.6% of sales) recorded in the prior-year quarter.
Sales forthe Engine segment grew 8% to $2.7 billion on the back of 9% increase in on-highway revenues and 6% in off-highway revenues. The segment’s EBITDA increased to $438 million (16.5% of sales) from $286 million (11.7% of sales) a year ago.
Sales for the Distribution segment increased 8% to $2 billion. Revenues benefited from 10% rise in the North America segment and 4% growth in international markets. The segment’s EBITDA rose to $171 million (8.5% of sales) from $123 million (6.6% of sales) a year ago.
Sales for the Components segment improved 6% to $1.9 billion, owing to revenue growth of 17% in North America in addition to 8% increase in international sales. The segment’s EBITDA was $325 million (17.5% of sales) compared with the year-ago figure of $227 million (12.9% of sales).
Sales for the Power Generation segment were $1.1 billion. The segment’s EBITDA declined to $138 million (12.8% of sales) in first-quarter 2019 from $142 million (13.2% of sales) in the year-ago quarter.
Sales for the Electrified Power segment were $3 million, while the segment witnessed an EBITDA loss of $29 million.
Cummins’ cash and cash equivalents were $1.3 billion as of Mar 31, 2019, almost similar to the figure recorded on Mar 31, 2019. Long-term debt totaled $1.6 billion as of Dec 31, 2019, similar to Dec 31, 2018.
At the end of the first quarter, Cummins’ net operating cash inflow was $412 million against outflow of $117 million in the same period of 2018. Capital expenditure was $109 million, marking an increase from $72 million in first-quarter of 2018.
For 2019, Cummins maintained the revenue projection at flat to up 4%. However, EBITDA is expected to be 16.25-16.75% as a percentage of sales compared with previously mentioned15.75-16%. Further, the company anticipates returning 75% of operating cash flow to shareholders in forms of dividends and share repurchases.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Cummins currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A few better-ranked stocks in the auto space are PACCAR, Inc. PCAR, SPX Corp. SPXC and AB Volvo VLVLY. PACCAR and SPX Corp. currently carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) while Volvo sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
PACCAR has an expected long-term growth rate of 8.4%. The company’s stock has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in 2019 being revised 0.16% upward over the past 30 days.
SPX Corp. has an expected current-year growth rate of 18.2%. The company’s stock has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in 2019 being revised 0.39% upward over the past 30 days.
Volvo has an expected long-term growth rate of 5%. The company’s stock has seen the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in 2019 being revised 8.1% upward over the past 30 days.
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