The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Joy Global, Rowan Companies, Cameron International, Caterpillar and ADP
CHICAGO, Sept. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Joy Global Incorporation (Nasdaq: JOYG), Rowan Companies Inc. (NYSE: RDC), Cameron International Corporation (NYSE: CAM), Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) and ADP’s (Nasdaq: ADP).
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Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:
Joy Global Beats EPS, Ups Guidance
Joy Global Incorporation (Nasdaq: JOYG) reported adjusted earnings of $1.54 per share in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 ending July 29, compared with $1.11 per share in the year-ago quarter. The results of the company also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.50 per share. Adjusted earnings increased 49% year over year to $163.5 million in the quarter under review.
Adjusting for earnings accretion from LeTourneau Mining Equipment acquisition, net of tax, of 4 cents, discrete tax benefit of 11 cents, acquisition cost, net of tax, of 8 cents and discontinued operations of 1 cent, the company reported earnings of $1.62 per share, compared with $1.13 per share in year ago quarter. Net income was $173.1 million compared with $118.5 million in the year ago quarter.
Joy Global reported net sales of $1.09 billion in the reported quarter, up 28.6% from $0.9 million in the year-earlier period. The growth was driven by higher contribution from Underground Mining Machinery (up 31%) and Surface Mining Equipment (up 24.5%), while eliminations were a marginal drag on total revenue. Sales, however, fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.15 billion.
Including contributions from recently acquired LeTourneau Mining Equipment business, sales grossed $1.14 billion, up 33% year over year.
Booking in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 grew 46% year over year. Original equipment bookings surged 78%, while aftermarket orders increased 22% from year ago level. The third quarter bookings included a benefit of $79 million from changes in foreign exchange rates.
Cost of sales climbed 32% to $739.6 million from $560.2 million a year ago. Similarly, selling and administrative expenses of $165.3 million rose 40% from the previous year.
Adjusted operating income grew up 20.3% year over year mainly attributable higher sales volume, favorable price realization and favorable manufacturing overhead absorption, partially offset by an increase in selling, engineering and administrative expenses.
Including contributions from recently acquired LeTourneau Mining Equipment business and acquisition cost, the company reported operating income of $236 million in the quarter.
Interest expenses during the quarter were $6 million, up from $4 million reported in the comparable quarter last year.
Cash and cash equivalents of Joy Global as of July 29, 2011, were $443.1 million versus $815.6 million as of October 29, 2010.
Cash provided by operating activities was $96.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 versus $294.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010. The decline is attributable to increase in inventories, partially offset by an increase in advanced payments.
Capital expenditure at Joy Global for the third quarter was $22 million, up from $19 million spent in the year-ago quarter. For the full year, capital expenditure is expected to be $120 million.
Taking into account the strong market fundamentals, improved throughput from Operational Excellence and synergies from acquisitions, Joy Global raised its total revenue expectation for 2011 to $4.3-$4.5 billion from $4.1-$4.1 billion for fiscal 2011. The guidance includes contribution of approximately $150 million from the LeTourneau mining equipment business.
The company also raised its earnings per share guidance for 2011 to a range of $5.70 to $6.00 from $5.30 to $5.60. The guidance includes 10 cents accretion from LeTourneau’s mining equipment business, net of 4 cents of inventory purchase accounting charges. It also takes into accounts 11 cents discreet tax benefit realized and 12 cents of acquisition transaction costs incurred in the third quarter.
In the quarter, Joy Global closed the acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies Inc. from Rowan Companies Inc. (NYSE: RDC) for $1.1 billion in cash. The company had agreed to buy Rowan’s LeTourneau assets in May 2011.
The company also entered into an agreement with TJCC Holdings Limited to purchase 534.8 million shares of International Mining Machinery Holdings Ltd. (IMM) representing 41.1% of the shares outstanding. It further purchased approximately 136.5 million shares of IMM in the open market at a price of HKD 8.00 per share. The number of shares bought represents 10.5% of the total shares outstanding. Together with the latest open market purchase, Joy Global’s stake in IMM aggregates to 51.6% of shares outstanding.
Subsequent to the reported quarter, Joy Global entered into an agreement to divest LeTourneau Technologies Drillings Systems and Offshore Products to Cameron International Corporation (NYSE: CAM) for $375 million in cash. The transaction is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Joy Global competes head-to-head with the industry behemoth Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT). Caterpillar’s second-quarter adjusted EPS was $1.72, surged 58% over the prior year quarter. However, results failed to meet the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.77 per share.
Sales, which grossed $14.23 billion in the quarter, jumped to an all-time quarterly record due to increased machine demand and continued economic growth.
The company ended the third quarter of 2011 with a backlog of $3.20 billion versus $2.63 billion in the first quarter of 2011 and $1.82 billion in fiscal 2010. It is encouraging to note that backlog has grown for both Underground Mining and Surface Mining equipment suggesting all-round growth in the mining sector.
We expect initiatives taken by the company to improve all areas of business through its Operational Excellence programs and the mine expansion plan that should help it to reach the updated guidance level. Also, the acquisition of LeTourneau Technologies Inc. is already accretive to the earnings of Joy Global.
Furthermore, the company’s 51.6% stake in China based International Mining Machinery Holdings Ltd. will help it in procuring leading positions in each of the major segments of the Chinese market.
We retain our Outperform recommendation on Joy Global. The quantitative Zacks #2 Rank (short-term Buy rating) for the company indicates upward pressure on the shares over the near term.
ADP Reports 91K New Jobs in August
ADP’s (Nasdaq: ADP) employment numbers missed slightly this morning. The biggest private-sector check-cutter reported a gain of 91,000 jobs in August, down from an expected level of 100,000 jobs gained. The ADP is the premiere jobs report prior to this Friday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) non-farm payroll report, and this moderate miss may ding expectations for Friday’s numbers.
Also, July’s numbers were revised down from 114,000 new jobs originally reported to 109,000. So both headline numbers represent a disappointment, although with how expectations are often crushed in recent months, the market may breathe a sigh of relief that the numbers weren’t worse. In fact, stock futures were up immediately after the ADP report was announced.
The estimate for Friday’s BLS report are now for a gain of 80,000 jobs in August. The main difference between the ADP and BLS reports is that the ADP does not count government jobs but the BLS does.
By size of firm, small businesses — the biggest and most important private employers in the country — gained 58,000 jobs during the month. Medium-sized businesses gained 30,000, and large businesses were up 3,000. Goods producing jobs were up 11,000, services were up 80,000 but manufacturing was down 4,000 jobs.
Any way you slice it, this marks further tepid hiring in the U.S. Not always do the ADP and BLS numbers correlate, but they usually exist within a range, particularly after revisions in later months modify the results. An additional 91,000 jobs will not do much to stave off fears of another recession, but they do at least provide grist for the mill that we are growing, albeit at an anemic pace.
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