The shares of
Alliant Techsystems Inc.
), the aerospace and defense products and service provider, moved
higher thanks to the completion of acquisition of Bushnell Group
Holding Inc. on Nov 4 and strong second quarter fiscal 2014
results released on Nov 7. The share price has gained 3.9% from
Nov 4 to end at $115.15 on Nov 8.
The Bushnell deal was first announced on Sep 5, 2013. The
addition of this leading global designer, marketer and
distributor of branded sports optics will expand the customer
base and operational reach of Alliant's Sporting group division.
Bushnell Group had estimated calendar year 2013 revenues to touch
$600 million. The acquisition will provide Alliant access to more
than 10,000 customer accounts of Bushnell in more than 90
countries worldwide. Alliant expects the acquisition to be
accretive to earnings by $1.00 per share by fiscal 2016.
We believe the acquisition is well timed as Alliant is doing well
on the operational front. Alliant has surpassed the Zacks
Consensus Estimate in the last 11 quarters and has the
fundamentals in place to keep the earnings streak alive.
The company reported second quarter fiscal 2014 pro forma
earnings of $2.82 per share, up 50.0% from the year-ago period.
Lower interest expense and solid performance by the Sporting
business led to the earnings upswing. Alliant's second quarter
fiscal 2014 revenue was $1,142.4 million, also exceeding the
year-ago figure by 6.8%. Revenue increased on the back of
Aerospace and Defense and Sporting Group sales, partially offset
by a decline in contribution from Defense Group.
The company was also able to lower its long-term debt level in
the first six months of fiscal 2014, which has lowered its
interest burden by 15% year over year to $15.2 million.
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Alliant presently has a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). Other
operators in the sector also doing well include
Teledyne Technologies Inc.
TransDigm Group Inc.
), each with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).