Dril-Quip Inc DRQ reported fourth-quarter 2018 adjusted loss per share of 4 cents, which was narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 23 cents. The company reported earnings of a penny in the year-ago quarter.
The company registered total revenues of $97.3 million compared with $107.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Nevertheless, the reported figure surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $85 million.
The quarterly results were affected by fall in demand for offshore exploration and production equipment, particularly subsea equipment. This was partially offset by increased product sales in Asia Pacific.
In 2018, the company incurred a loss of 63 cents per share, which was narrower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 74 cents. The company generated earnings of 26 cents in the year-ago quarter.
In 2018, total revenues declined 15.6% year over year to $384.6 million. Nevertheless, the figure beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $374.6 million.
On the cost front, selling, general and administrative expenses fell from the year-ago quarter’s level of approximately $31.1 million to about $25 million. Engineering and product development costs declined 13% year over year. Dril-Quip’s total cost and expenses during the quarter totaled $196.2 million compared with $113.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
As of Dec 31, 2018, the cash balances of the company rose to $418.1 million. Rise in Dril-Quip’s cash balances were driven by $6.5 million free cash flow earned in the October-to-December period. Also, the balance sheet of the company is free from debt load, which reflects sound financial position. In fact, the company expects no headwinds to dent long-term growth plan.
Q4 Price Performance
During the fourth quarter, the stock declined 41.7% compared with the industry’s fall of 47.4%.
Dril-Quip projects first-quarter 2019 revenues in the range of $90-$100 million. The company anticipates annualized savings of about $50 million by the end of 2019.
The board of directors authorized up to $100 million in share repurchases with no set expiration date on July 26, 2016. During the fourth quarter of 2018, the company repurchased about $19.1 million or 376,583 shares of common stock at an average price of $50.60 per share. These purchases completed the authorized amount of $100 million under the repurchase plan. This led to repurchase of a total of 1,991,206 shares at an average price of $50.22 per share. The company retired all of the shares repurchased as of Dec 31, 2018.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Dril-Quip carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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