Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation MIC reported better-than expected first-quarter 2021 results wherein both earnings and revenues surpassed estimates.
On an adjusted basis, the company’s earnings were 60 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 48 cents by 25%. However, the bottom line declined from $1.08 per share reported in the prior-year quarter.
Notably, the company’s shares rose 4.1% in the past couple of days to eventually close the trading session at $127.04 on Wednesday.
In the first quarter, Macquarie generated revenues of $264.2 million, down 7.1% year over year. The decline was attributable to lackluster performance across its Atlantic Aviation and MIC Hawaii segments. Product revenues were $54.6 million, marking a decrease of 9.8% year over year. Service revenues declined 6.4% to $209.6 million. Notably, the top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $241 million by 9.6%.
Atlantic Aviation generated revenues of $209.6 million, down 6.4% year over year and accounted for 79.3% of the company’s overall revenues. The segment’s EBITDA increased 2% to $67.3 million.
Revenues in MIC Hawaii were $54.6 million, down 9.8% year over year. It represented 20.7% of overall quarterly revenues. The segment’s EBITDA declined 11% to $13.6 million.
In the first quarter, Macquarie’s cost of services decreased 13.2% to $82.2 million on a year-over-year basis, whereas cost of product sales decreased 16.9% to $34.8 million.
Selling and administrative expenses were $77 million, down 12.1% year over year. Overall, operating expenses declined 13.4% to about $227 million.
Liquidity & Cash Flow
As of Mar 31, 2021, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $529.6 million, down from $1,828.1 million on Dec 31, 2020. Long-term debt (net of current portion) was $1,103.9 million, down from $1,554.4 million recorded at the end of 2020. In the first three months of 2021, the company generated net cash of $40 million from operating activities, down 22.3% year over year. In the quarter, the company paid out dividends amounting to $961 million.
The company stated that it remains confident in the outlook for its operating businesses as the end markets recover from the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.
For 2021, the company anticipates generating adjusted EBITDA in the range of $245-$260 million for Atlantic Aviation. For the MIC Hawaii segment, it expects to generate adjusted EBITDA in the range of $35-$45 million.
Macquarie Infrastructure Company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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Alcoa delivered an earnings surprise of 56.78%, on average, in the trailing four quarters.
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