A month has gone by since the last earnings report for FMC Technologies (FTI). Shares have lost about 5% in that time frame, underperforming the S&P 500.
Will the recent negative trend continue leading up to its next earnings release, or is FMC Technologies due for a breakout? Before we dive into how investors and analysts have reacted as of late, let's take a quick look at its most recent earnings report in order to get a better handle on the important catalysts.
TechnipFMC Missed on Q3 Earnings and Revenues
TechnipFMC plc. suffered disappointing results in the third quarter of 2019, missing on both earnings and sales.
The oilfield services provider reported adjusted earnings of 12 cents a share, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 49 cents by a wide margin. The bottom line was also lower than the year-ago earnings of 31 cents a share.
This underperformance was attributed to weaker-than-expected contribution from two of the company’s three segments. Precisely, adjusted EBITDA from the Subsea unit totalled $139 million, significantly falling short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $180 million. Moreover, adjusted EBITDA from Surface Technologies came in at $44.4 million, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $58 million.
However, providing some respite to investors amid this gloom, adjusted EBITDA from the Onshore/Offshore unit was $304 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $274 million.
Meanwhile, third-quarter revenues came in at $3,335.1 million, lower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,561 million but 6% higher than the prior-year figure of $3,143.8 million.
Moreover, on a further discouraging note, the company booked inbound orders of $2.6 billion, down 28.4% year over year. However, the firm’s backlog soared 59% year over year to $24.1 billion.
Subsea: The segment’s revenues in the quarter under review were $1,342.2 million, up 11% from the year-ago figure of $1,209.1 million. With the subsea sector regaining momentum, the company benefited from the spurt in activities and the achievement of key milestones on projects nearing completion. However, owing to competitively priced backlog and relatively higher share of projects in early phases, TechnipFMC’s operating earnings dropped 43% from the prior-year period to $45.5 million in the quarter under review.
Even though the segment’s inbound orders in the reported quarter slightly dipped 2.8%, its backlog is boosted by $8.6 million, reflecting a 36.5% surge from the year-ago period.
Onshore/Offshore: This segment generated revenues of $1,596 million, increasing 4.2% from the prior-year quarter. Revenues were driven by ramped-up activities on the back of recent awards in downstream, petrochemical and offshore sectors, partly offset by completion of some key projects, especially Yamal LNG. Operating profit from the segment totalled $284.6 million, rising 16.9% from the third-quarter 2018 level, backed by a strong project execution and milestone bonuses on key projects.
The segment’s backlog jumped 79.4% year over year to $15.03 million in the quarter, primarily driven by the plum $7.6-billion contract win for the Arctic LNG 2 project.
Surface Technologies: The company’s smallest segment Surface Technologies recorded revenues of $396.6 million, down 1.4% year over year, primarily due to reduced sales in North America, mainly induced by a drop-in drilling and completion activities.
The segment experienced a downfall in its backlog by 5.9% from the year-ago level to $428.7 million. Owing to the short-cycle nature of the business, orders are generally converted into revenues within a year’s time.
Dividend, Capex and Financials
In the reported quarter, TechnipFMC spent $98 million on capital programs whereas cash flow from operating activities totalled $92 million. As of Sep 30, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $4,504.4 million and a long-term debt of $3,608.8 million with a debt-to-capitalization ratio of 26.06%.
Revised 2019 Guidance
TechnipFMC has kept revenues and EBITDA margin forecasts for the Subsea and Onshore/Offshore segment intact. Meanwhile, it has tweaked projections for Onshore/Offshore and Subsea segments. The company expects revenues from the Subsea and Onshore/Offshore units within $5.6-$5.8 billion and $6-$6.3 billion, respectively. While sales forecasts for the Surface Technologies segment remain unaltered at $1.6-$1.7 billion, its EBITDA margin is tweaked to 10%.
How Have Estimates Been Moving Since Then?
It turns out, estimates revision have trended downward during the past month.
At this time, FMC Technologies has a subpar Growth Score of D, though it is lagging a bit on the Momentum Score front with an F. However, the stock was allocated a grade of C on the value side, putting it in the middle 20% for this investment strategy.
Overall, the stock has an aggregate VGM Score of D. If you aren't focused on one strategy, this score is the one you should be interested in.
Estimates have been broadly trending downward for the stock, and the magnitude of these revisions has been net zero. Notably, FMC Technologies has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). We expect an in-line return from the stock in the next few months.
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