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Cummins (CMI) Q4 Earnings Miss Estimates, Revenues Beat

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Cummins Inc. CMI has reported adjusted earnings of $3.48 per share in fourth-quarter 2018, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.82. In the year-ago quarter, it recorded adjusted earnings per share of $3.03.

During the reported quarter, net income attributable to Cummins was $579 million against net loss of $274 million in the prior-year quarter.

Revenues improved 12% year over year to $6.13 billion in the reported quarter. The top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $6.09 billion. The year-over-year rise was owing to increased truck production in North America, and strong demand for construction and power generation equipment across all markets.

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Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose to $896 million (14.6% of sales) from $769 million (14% of sales) recorded in the prior-year quarter.

2018 Results

In 2018, Cummins reported net income of $2.1 billion or $13.15 per share, up from $999 million or $5.97 per share in the previous year.

Revenues for the year went up 16% year over year to $23.8 billion.

Segmental Performance

Sales at the Engine segment grew 18% to $2.7 billion on the back of 17% increase in on-highway revenues and 21% in off-highway revenues. The segment’s EBITDA increased to $393 million (14.6% of sales) from $271 million (11.8% of sales) a year ago.

Sales at the Distribution segment increased 6% to $2.1 billion. Revenues benefited from 6% rise in the North American segment and 5% growth in international markets. The segment’s EBITDA rose to $140 million (6.8% of sales) from $123 million (6.3% of sales) a year ago.

Sales at the Components segment surged 14% to $1.8 billion, owing to revenue growth of 23% in North America in addition to 3% increase in international sales. The segment’s EBITDA was $278 million (15.7% of sales) compared with the year-ago figure of $214 million (13.7% of sales).

Sales at the Power Generation segment improved 9% to $1.2 billion, banking on a 13% increase in power generation revenues. The segment’s EBITDA rose to $123 million (10.3% of sales) in fourth-quarter 2018 from $125 million (11.3% of sales) in the year-ago quarter.

Sales at the Electrified Power segment were $2 million while the segment witnessed EBITDA loss of $29 million.

Financial Position

Cummins’ cash and cash equivalents were $1.3 billion as of Dec 31, 2018, compared with $1.37 billion as of Dec 31, 2017. Long-term debt totaled $1.6 billion as of Dec 31, 2018, almost similar to figures recorded as of Dec 31, 2017.

At the end of 2018, Cummins’ net operating cash inflow was $2.4 billion compared with $2.3 billion in the same period of 2017. Capital expenditure was $709 million, marking an increase from $506 million in 2017.

Capital Deployment

During 2018, Cummins returned $1.9 billion or 78% of operating cash flow to shareholders in forms of dividends and share buybacks. In the last year, it invested $1.14 billion to repurchase shares and $718 million to pay dividends.

Guidance

For 2019, Cummins projects revenues to be flat to up 4%. Moreover, EBITDA is expected to be 15.75-16% as a percentage of sales. 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 broader auto sector are General Motors Company GM, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company CTB, and Genuine Parts Company GPC, each currently carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

General Motors has an expected long-term growth rate of 8.5%. Share price of the company has increased 4.5% in the past six months.

Cooper Tire has an expected long-term growth rate of 4%. Over the past six months, shares of the company have gained 13.7%.

Genuine Parts has an expected long-term growth rate of 5%. Shares of the company have gained 4.2% in the past six months.

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