Zacks Investment Research downgraded
Blount International Inc.
) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong sell) on May 8, 2013.
Why the Downgrade?
Blount International reported lackluster financial results for
the first quarter 2013 on May 7, 2013. Since then, the company's
share price has gone down 1.4%. Earnings per share came in at 19
cents, up 58.3% year over year but 17.4% below the Zacks
Consensus Estimate of 23 cents.
Sales at $232.6 million represented a 3% hike over the year-ago
quarter as the segments including Forestry, Lawn and Garden
reported revenue increase of 2.2% while Farm, Ranch, and
Agriculture posted a 4.6% increase.
Talking of costs/margins of Blount International, cost of sales
in the quarter rose 3.6% year over leading to roughly a 70 basis
point decline in gross profit. Income tax expenses were a drag on
the results as it grew by roughly 92.1%.
For 2013, foreign currency headwind is expected to range within
$2-$3 million; interest expense is predicted to be within $18-$19
million and tax rate to be within the 35%-38% range.
After taking all these factors into account, earnings estimate
for Blount International came down in the last 7 days. The Zacks
Consensus Estimate for 2013 decreased by 1.9% to $1.02 while for
2014, the estimate went down by 1.5% to $1.32.
Also, two quarters of each negative earnings surprise and in-line
results have led to an overall negative earnings surprise of
19.6% in the last trailing four quarters. Currently, for the
second quarter 2013 of Blount International, we have an Earnings
Zacks Earnings ESP: A Better Method
) of -7.7%.
Other Stocks to Consider
Blount International is a $697 million company manufacturing and
marketing tools for forestry, lawn and garden, farm, ranch,
agriculture, and construction sectors. Other stocks to watch out
for in the industry are
Tri-Tech Holding, Inc.
), each holding a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) while
), has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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