EnerSys ENS reported weaker-than-expected second-quarter fiscal 2021 (ended Oct 4, 2020) results. Its earnings missed estimates by 3.9%, while sales lagged the same by 0.9%.
The company’s earnings in the fiscal second quarter were $1 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.04. The bottom line declined 18.7% from the year-ago quarter figure of $1.23 on weak sales performance.
In the reported quarter, EnerSys’ net sales amounted to $708.4 million, down 7% year over year. Revenues were adversely impacted by 11% fall in volumes, 1% decline in price, partially offset by 4% gain from acquired assets and 1% positive impact from foreign exchange.
The company noted that the top line suffered from weakness in the Motive Power segment due to the adverse impacts of the pandemic.
Moreover, EnerSys’ top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $715 million.
Region wise, the company’s net sales decreased 8% year over year to $481 million in the Americas and fell 6% to $172 million in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Sales in Asia were $56 million, reflecting an increase of 3% from the year-ago quarter.
The company reports revenues under three segments. A brief discussion of the quarterly results is provided below:
Energy Systems’ sales were $340.8 million, which contributed 48.1% to net revenues in the quarter under review. On a year-over-year basis, the segment’s revenues declined 0.6%. Volume was down 5% and pricing had an adverse impact of 1%. However, acquired assets boosted sales by 4%, whereas foreign exchange had a positive impact of 1% on sales.
Motive Power generated revenues of $263.8 million, contributing 37.2% to net revenues in the reported quarter. The figure decreased 21.3% year over year due to negative impact of 21% from lower volume, 1% from weak prices, partially offset by 1% positive impact from foreign exchange.
Specialty’s sales were $103.8 million, which contributed 14.7% to net revenues in the quarter. On a year-over-year basis, the segment’s revenues increased 23.7%. Volumes increased 9% and acquisitions had a positive impact of 17%, partially offset adverse impact of 3% from weak prices.
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In the reported quarter, EnerSys’ cost of sales declined 6% year over year to $530.9 million. Cost of sales was 74.9% of the quarter’s net sales. Gross profit in the quarter decreased 10% to $177.5 million, while gross margin fell 80 basis points (bps) to 25.1%.
Operating expenses decreased 10.1% year over year to $119 million. It represented 16.8% of net sales in the reported quarter compared with 17.4% in the year-ago quarter. Operating earnings were $55.4 million, reflecting a decline of 5.6%. Margin increased 10 bps year over year to 7.8%.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
Exiting the second quarter of fiscal 2021, EnerSys had cash and cash equivalents of $414.2 million, up 7.8% from $384.4 million recorded in the last reported quarter. Net debt decreased 9.7% sequentially to $796.6 million.
The company generated net cash of $217.3 million from operating activities in the first six months of fiscal 2021, reflecting an increase from $105.1 million generated in the year-ago period. Capital expenditure totaled $39.9 million compared with $43.4 million in the year-ago period.
Concurrently with the release, the company announced that its board of directors has approved the payment of a quarterly cash dividend of 17.5 cents per share to shareholders on record as of Dec 18. The disbursement will be made on Dec 31.
Though uncertainties related to the pandemic persist, EnerSys anticipates gaining from cost control initiatives and solid product offerings in the quarters ahead.
For the third quarter of fiscal 2021, the company currently anticipates adjusted earnings to lie in the range of $1.17-$1.23 per share.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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A. O. Smith delivered a positive earnings surprise of 3.56%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.
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Rexnord delivered a positive earnings surprise of 20.62%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.
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