Cummins Inc. CMI reported adjusted earnings of $4.05 per share in third-quarter 2018, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.75. The company’s earnings per share were $2.71 in the year-ago quarter.
During the reported quarter, net income was $692 million compared with $453 million in the prior-year quarter.
Revenues improved 12% year over year to $5.94 billion in the reported quarter. The top line marginally missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.95 billion. The year-over-year rise was owing to increased demand for trucks, construction and power generation equipment across all markets.
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Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose $983 million (16.5% of sales) compared with $788 million (14.9% of sales) recorded in the prior-year quarter.
Sales at the Engine segment grew 17% to $2.7 billion on the back of an increase of 18% in North America and 14% in international markets. The segment’s EBITDA increased to $405 million (14.9% of sales) from $276 million (11.8% of sales) a year ago.
Sales at the Distribution segment increased 10% to $1.9 billion. Revenues benefited from 12% rise in the North American segment and 6% growth in international markets. The segment’s EBITDA rose to $155 million (8% of sales) from $120 million (6.8% of sales) a year ago.
Sales at the Components segment surged 14% to $1.8 billion, owing to revenue growth of 25% in North America, in addition with 2% increase in international sales. The segment’s EBITDA was $288 million (16.4% of sales) compared with the year-ago tally of $259 million (16.9% of sales).
Sales at the Power Generation segment improved 5% to $1.1 billion, banking on an increased demand in oil and gas, and power generation markets. The segment’s EBITDA rose to $163 million (14.7% of sales) in third-quarter 2018 from $111 million (10.5% of sales) in the year-ago quarter.
Sales at the Electrified Power segment were $2 million while the segment witnessed EBITDA loss of $30 million.
Cummins’ cash and cash equivalents were $1.2 billion as of Sep 30, 2018, from $1.4 billion as of Dec 31, 2017. Long-term debt totaled $1.56 billion as of Sep 30, 2018, marking a slight decline from $1.59 billion recorded on Dec 31, 2017.
At the end of the first nine months of 2018, Cummins’ net operating cash inflow was $1.4 billion compared with $1.5 billion in the same period of 2017. Capital expenditure was $361 million, marking a decline from $147 million in the same time frame.
During third-quarter 2018, Cummins returned $682 million to shareholders in forms of dividends and share buybacks. During the quarter under review, the company completed its previously announced share repurchase plan of $500 million.
Year to date, Cummins has returned $1.4 billion to shareholders in forms of dividends and share repurchase. The figure is in sync with the target to return 75% of the company’s operating cash flow to shareholders.
On Oct 9, 2018, Cummins’ board approved a new share repurchase plan worth $2 billion. Additionally, it announced a quarterly cash dividend of $1.14 per share, payable on Dec 3, 2018.
For 2018, Cummins reiterated its revenue growth expectation at 15-17%. Moreover, EBITDA is expected to be 14.8-15.2%, which is unchanged from the previous anticipation.
Zacks Rank and Other Stocks to Consider
Cummins currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). A few other top-ranked stocks in the auto space are AutoZone, Inc. AZO CarMax, Inc. KMX and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. AAP, each carrying a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
AutoZone has an expected long-term growth rate of 12.2%. Over the past six months, shares of the company have moved up 17.6%.
CarMax has an expected long-term growth rate of 3.3%. Over the past six months, shares of the company have moved up 10.2%.
Advance Auto has an expected long-term growth rate of 12.3%. Shares of the company have risen 42.4% over the past six months.
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