Pentair (PNR) Q2 Earnings Beat, Sales Miss Estimates, Up Y/Y
Pentair plc PNR delivered second-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings of 71 cents per share, up 18% from the year-ago quarter. Earnings also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 69 cents as well as management’s guidance of 67-69 cents. On Apr 30, 2018, Pentair completed the tax-free spin-off of its Electrical business, nVent Electric plc, and will continue as a global water company.
Including one-time items, the company reported earnings of 44 cents per share, in contrast with a loss 2 cents recorded in the year-ago quarter.
Net sales went up 4% year over year to $781 million. The figure missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $788 million. Excluding the impact of currency translation and acquisitions, core sales improved 3%.
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Cost of sales climbed 3.8% to $498 million in the quarter from $480 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. Gross profit in the reported quarter was $283 million, up 3.3% from $274 million recorded in the prior-year quarter. Gross margin contracted 10 basis points (bps) year over year to 36.2% in the quarter.
Selling, general and administrative expenses flared up 11% year over year to $141 million. Research and development expenses went up 8% year over year to $19 million. Adjusted segment operating income increased 8% to $164 million from $152 million recorded in the year-ago quarter. Operating margin advanced 100 bps to 21%.
Due to the successful spin-off of its Electrical business during the second quarter, the company will now continue to operate as a global water company and will report its results in the following three segments:
The Aquatic Systems segment sales rose 8.9% year over year to $276 million. Operating earnings increased 43% to $80 million.
The Filtration Solutions segment reported revenues of $362 million, up 13.5% from the year-earlier quarter. Segmental operating earnings went up 6.7% year over year to $52 million.
The Flow Technologies segment reported revenues of $242 million, up 2.4% from the year-earlier quarter. Segmental operating earnings increased 10% year over year to $44 million.
Pentair had cash and cash equivalents of $78.7 million at the end of the second quarter, down from $86.3 million recorded at the end of 2017. The company recorded cash from operations of $177.8 million during the six-month period ended Jun 30, 2018, compared with $84.9 million recorded in the comparable period last year.
Pentair revised its full-year 2018 adjusted earnings per share guidance to $2.31 and sales outlook to $2.95 billion. Revenues are expected to be up 3-4% on a reported and core basis respectively over 2017.
Pentair initiated third-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings per share guidance of 52 cents. Sales are expected to be around $700 million, up 1-2% on a reported basis and up 4-5% on a core basis compared to third-quarter 2017. Both projections reflect the separation of its Electrical business, on Apr 30, 2018.
Share Price Performance
Pentair has underperformed the industry with respect to price performance over the past year. The stock has lost more than 30%, performing worse than the industry’s 5% decline during the same time frame.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Pentair currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Better-ranked stocks in the same sector include Actuant Corporation ATU, W.W. Grainger, Inc. GWW and DMC Global Inc. BOOM. All three stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Actuant has a long-term earnings growth rate of 15.6%. Its shares have rallied around 12%, over the past year.
Grainger has a long-term earnings growth rate of 12.5%. The company’s shares have been up 99% in the past year.
DMC Global has a long-term earnings growth rate of 20%. The company’s shares have appreciated 267% in a year’s time.
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