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Factors to Consider Ahead of Amphenol's (APH) Q1 Earnings

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Amphenol APH is set to report first-quarter 2019 results on Apr 24.

Notably, the company’s earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in the trailing four quarters, the average positive surprise being 5.3%.

In the last reported quarter, Amphenol benefited from strong organic growth across most of its end markets, including mobile devices, military, IT and data communications, mobile networks, commercial air and broadband.

First-Quarter Sales Expected to Decline

Amphenol expects first-quarter sales to be negatively impacted by global economic uncertainties related to trade policy and weakness in the mobile devices end market. The company anticipates sales from mobile devices end market to decline roughly 50% sequentially.
 

Amphenol Corporation Price and EPS Surprise

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Further, challenging IT and data communications end market is likely to hurt growth. Management anticipates a low-double-digit decline sequentially on lower demand.

Amphenol projects sales between $1.898 billion and $1.938 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues is $1.94 billion, up almost 4% year over year.

Moreover, adjusted earnings are expected between 86 cents and 88 cents per share. The consensus mark for earnings is unchanged at 88 cents over the past 30 days.

Portfolio Strength & Acquisitions to Drive Growth

Amphenol’s diversified end market, which lowers exposure to volatility of any industry, is a positive. Notably, in 2018, no market contributed more than 19% to the company’s sales.

Moreover, Amphenol has been a frequent acquirer. The company’s buyouts of CTI, Ardent and All Sensors (in 2018), and SSI Controls (in January 2019) have not only strengthened its connector and sensor products portfolio but also expanded consumer base. This has also helped the company fast penetrate the industrial end market.

The addition of SSI is expected to modestly boost industrial end-market sales on a sequential basis. Furthermore, growing sensor offerings (post SSI acquisition) are anticipated to drive automotive end-market sales that accounted for 18% of total sales in 2018.

Further, Amphenol is expected to benefit from strong defense spending environment that is positively impacting the military end market. Sales are expected to grow modestly on a sequential basis in the to-be-reported quarter.

What Our Model Says

According to the Zacks model, a company with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) along with a positive Earnings ESP has a good chance of beating estimates. The Sell-rated stocks (Zacks Rank #4 or 5) are best avoided.

Amphenol has a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of +2.08%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

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