Zacks Investment Research downgraded
EnPro Industries, Inc.
) to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) on May 3, 2014. Going by the
Zacks model, companies holding a Zacks Rank #5 have strong
chances of underperforming the broader market.
Why the Downgrade?
EnPro Industries' first quarter 2014 results failed to impress
its shareholders and the market as evidenced by a downward
revision in earnings estimates and a fall of 1.98% in the
company's share price since May 1, 2014. A snapshot of the
quarter's results is provided below.
The company reported adjusted earnings per share of 39 cents as
against 56 cents in the year-ago quarter. The bottom-line result
also lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 54 cents by 27.8%.
Revenues at $287.2 million were relatively flat year over year.
Gross profit increased 2.4% year over year while an 80 basis
points (bps) hike was recorded in the gross margin. Operating
expenses grew 7.6% offsetting the improvement achieved at the
gross profit level and led to a fall of nearly 15.9% in the
operating income. Operating margin in the quarter declined 110
In the last 7 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for EnPro
Industries has decreased 6.1% to $2.29 per share for 2014 and by
3.4% to $2.83 per share for 2015.
Weak results and lowered earnings estimates coupled with a
negative earnings surprise of 2.83% for the trailing four
quarters have made us skeptical about EnPro Industries'
performance in the coming quarters. Currently, the company has an
of -11.79% for 2014 and -2.83% for 2015.
Other Stocks to Consider
EnPro Industries presently has a market capitalization of $1.79
billion. Other stocks worth considering in the industry include
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
). While Gorman-Rupp carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy),
Illinois Tool Works and IDEX both hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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