On Jun 25, Zacks Investment Research downgraded
Joy Global, Inc.
) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
Why the Downgrade?
Joy Global witnessed sharp downward estimate revisions after
reporting mixed fiscal second-quarter results and lowered
guidance. Shares of this mining major have been declining since
it reported weak earnings results. Moreover, given the expected
decline in earnings, we believe that it has more downside left.
On May 30, Joy Global reported second-quarter fiscal 2013
earnings per share of $1.73, lagging the year-over-year earnings
by 22.4%. Results, however, surpassed the Zacks Consensus
Estimate by 11.6%.
Earnings declined largely due to lower net sales, which were down
11.7% year over year. The decline was primarily due to lower
contribution from Underground Mining Machinery.
Backlog slipped to $2.2 billion, dipping sequentially from $2.4
The lingering economic problems in the Euro-zone and the sluggish
economic recovery in China continue to impede growth of global
commodity demand. According to Joy Global, the industrial sector,
which drives demand for mining equipment, is yet to benefit from
the global economic recovery.
Subsequently, Joy Global trimmed the upper end of its fiscal 2013
revenue guidance to $4.9-$5.0 billion from the previous range of
$4.9-$5.2 billion. The bottom line was thus revised to
$5.60-$5.80, down from $5.75-$6.35.
The company's dividend yield of 1.40% also compares unfavorably
with the industry average of 2.89% and another major,
) with yield of 2.92%. Nonetheless, it compares favorably with
Astec Industries, Inc
) with yield of 1.19%.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2013 decreased 5.3% to
$5.86 per share over the last 30 days. For fiscal 2014, most of
the estimates were revised downward over the same period, sinking
the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 9.7% to $5.61 per share.
Other Stocks to Consider
While we remain bearish on Joy Global,
H&E Equipment Services Inc
) with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) is worth considering.
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