Patterson Companies, Inc. PDCO reported adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 27 cents in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 8%. Moreover, the bottom line improved 3.8% year over year.
Net sales in the quarter were $1.33 billion, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.9%. Further, the figure declined 0.6% year over year.
The company currently distributes products through subsidiaries Patterson Dental and Patterson Animal Health.
This segment provides a complete range of consumable dental products, equipment, software, turnkey digital solutions and value-added services to dentists, and laboratories throughout North America.
In the first quarter, dental sales declined 1% year over year to approximately $501.1 million.
Sales in the sub-segment totaled $302 million, down 0.7% year over year.
Dental Equipment & Software
Sales in the segment fell 6.9% on a year-over-year basis to $125.7 million.
This segment comprises technical service, parts and labor, software support services and office supplies. Sales at the segment improved 9.8% on a year-over-year basis to $73.4 million.
Animal Health Segment
This segment is a leading distributor of veterinary supplies to clinics, public and private institutions and shelters across the United States.
Coming to the first-quarter performance of the platform, sales declined 0.9% on a year-over-year basis to $817.5 million.
Sales at the segment were $9.9 million, soaring 97.9% from the year-ago quarter’s figure of $5 million.
Patterson Companies, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Gross Margin Analysis
Gross profit in the reported quarter was $290.1 million, up 2.3% year over year. As a percentage of revenues, gross margin of 21.8%, improved 60 bps year over year.
Operating expenses in the reported quarter totaled $273.4 million, down 2.1% on a year-over-year basis.
Operating income came in at $16.7 million, which improved a whopping 269.4% from the year-ago quarter. Operating margin of 1.3% improved 100 bps from the prior-year quarter.
Fiscal 2020 Guidance
For fiscal 2020, Patterson Companies continues to expect adjusted earnings per share in the range of $1.33 to $1.43. The mid-point of the guidance of $1.38 is in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Patterson Companies ended the first quarter of fiscal 2020 on a mixed note. The company’s consistent efforts to drive profitability in its core business were represented by the performance displayed in reported quarter. Expansion in both gross and operating margins is a positive. The Corporate segment exhibited significant growth in sales in the quarter under review. The company provides a wide range of consumable supplies, equipment, software and value-added services.
A broad spectrum of products cushions the company against economic downturns in the MedTech space. We believe that a diverse product portfolio, strong veterinary business prospects, accretive acquisitions and strategic partnerships are key catalysts.
Meanwhile, declining Dental Consumable revenues remains a concern.
Patterson Companies has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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