Carpenter Technology’s fiscal first quarter earnings and revenue missed analysts’ expectations
The manufacturer of stainless steels and corrosion-resistant alloys reported adjusted earnings of 85 cents per share in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 (ended Sep 30, 2019), which fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 89 cents. However, the figure is still higher than the year-ago quarter’s 65 cents per share.
Operating profit in the quarter rose +32.8% to $59.8 million. Operating margin climbed to 10.2% in the quarter, compared to the year-earlier quarter’s 7.9%.
Carpenter’s net sales increased +2.3% year over year to $585.4 million for the quarter, but missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $593 million. Volumes fell - 5% year-over-year .
Sales from the company’s Specialty Alloys Operations segment increased year-over-year by + 3.3%. The segment sold 60,044 pounds, which is -4.2% lower than the prior-year quarter. Operating profit in this segment increased +53.4% year over year to $81 million, on the back of product mix strength.
Net sales in the Performance Engineered Products’ segment declined -2.1% year over year for the quarter. The segment sold 3,250 pounds, +19% higher from the year-ago quarter. The segment incurred an operating loss of -$2 million.
Carpenter’s cash and cash equivalents of $25 million at the end of the fiscal first quarter, was higher than the $17 million recorded at the prior-year quarter’s end. Cash from operating activities declined to $0.7 million for the quarter from the year-earlier quarter’s $9.4 million.