Terex Corporation’s TEX fourth-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings per share surged 55% year over year to 51 cents, above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 46 cents.
Including one-time items, Terex posted loss from continuing operations of 42 cents per share in the quarter compared with a loss of 38 cents a year ago.
Revenues in the quarter improved 16% year over year to $1.23 billion, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.20 billion. Cost of goods sold increased 17% to $1,009.3 million from $859.6 million in the prior-year quarter. Gross profit rose 9% year over year to $223.8 million.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 8.6% year over year to $177.1 million. Terex reported an operating income of 47 million compared with $41 million in the year-ago quarter, showing a rise of 14%. Operating margin remained flat at 4%.
Terex Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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The Aerial Work Platforms (“AWP”) segment reported revenues of $535.5 million in the fourth quarter, up 19.2% from $449.4 million in the prior-year quarter. Operating income declined 12.8% to $26.4 million from $30.3 million in the prior-year quarter.
Revenues at the Crane segment increased 12.4% to $364.5 million from the year-ago quarter. The segment reported an operating loss of $9.2 million against a profit of $2.7 million in the prior-year quarter.
The Material Processing (“MP”) segment revenues totaled $339.5 million, reflecting an increase of 20% year over year. The segment reported an operating income of $47.7 million, up 34%.
Terex had cash and cash equivalents of $368 million at the end of 2018, compared with $626.5 million at 2017-end. Net cash provided by operating activities was $94.2 million in 2018 compared with $153 million in 2017. Long-term debt was $1,214.7 million as of Dec 31, 2018, compared with $979.6 million as of Dec 31, 2017.
Terex reported adjusted earnings per share of $2.71 in 2018, up 101% from $1.35 in the prior year. Earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.66. Including one-time items, the company reported earnings per share of $1.45 compared with the prior year’s 63 cents.
Sales increased 17.4% year over year to $5.13 billion in 2018. The top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.10 billion. In 2018, backlog increased by 19%.
Terex expects earnings per share growth in the range of $3.60-$4.20. It expects net sales of around $4.7 billion. The company will focus on a disciplined capital allocation strategy. Moreover, the sale of Demag Mobile Crane business and the exit from the mobile crane product lines will likely improve Terex’s operating results.
Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider
Terex currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
A few better-ranked stocks in the Industrial Products sector are Axon Enterprise, Inc AAXN, Alarm.com Holdings, Inc. ALRM and Milacron Holdings Corp. MCRN, each sporting Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Axon has an expected earnings growth rate of 14.5% for 2019.
Alarm.com has an expected earnings growth rate of 7.8% for 2019.
Milacron has an expected earnings growth rate of 3.4% for 2019.
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