Mercury Systems MRCY reported third-quarter fiscal 2020 (ended Mar 27, 2020) results, wherein both top and bottom lines outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Non-GAAP earnings per share of 60 cents grew 22.4% year over year and beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 15.4%.
Revenues came in at $208 million, marking a year-over-year increase of 19%. The metric also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $199 million.
Robust organic growth drove the company’s performance.
Strong demand for weapon systems, space, avionics processing and mission computing, and secure rugged servers resulted in significant deal wins, which drove the top line.
Notably, the company was not materially impacted by the coronavirus-led economic disruptions.
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Organic revenues (92% of total revenues) grew 11% to $191.5 million in the quarter.
The company reported Acquired revenues (8%) of $16.5 million, which increased massively from $2.5 million reported in the prior-year quarter, attributable to the buyouts of GECO Avionics, The Athena Group, Syntonic Microwave and American Panel Corporation.
Modernization in radar, Electronic Warfare and C4I was high, providing the company with new opportunities in weapon systems, space, avionics processing, and mission computing and embedded rugged service.
Mercury's total bookings increased 32% year over year to $250 million, resulting in a 1.2 book-to-bill ratio.
The company ended the quarter with a backlog of $769.8 million, up 38% year over year. Within the next 12 months, $544.8 million worth of products from this backlog of orders are expected to be shipped.
Gross margin for the fiscal first quarter expanded 260 basis points (bps) to 44.9%.
Adjusted EBITDA grew 21% year over year to $47.1 million. Also, adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 40 bps year over year to 22.6%.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Mercury exited the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $407.1 million, up from $182 million at the end of the previous quarter.
The company generated $30.1 million of cash flow from operating activities compared with $32.1 million in the prior quarter.
Free cash flow was $19.2 million, down from $20.7 million sequentially.
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, revenues are expected to be $205.8-$215.8 million.
Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter is anticipated in a band of $46.4-$49.4 million. Adjusted earnings are projected to be 54-58 cents per share.
Continued expansion in capex is expected in the fiscal third quarter owing to continued investments in business expansion, including a $15-million investment to expand its trusted microelectronics business in Phoenix.
Mercury raised guidance for fiscal 2020. The company now expects revenues of $785-$795 million, up from the earlier guidance of $785-$790 million.
Adjusted EBITDA for the fiscal is expected to be $173-$176 million, up from the earlier expectation of $172.5-$176 million.
Adjusted earnings for the fiscal are now estimated to be $2.12-$2.16 per share, increasing from $2.09-$2.13 guided earlier.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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