) have dipped 4% since the company reported fourth-quarter 2013
earnings on Jan 18 on lower-than-expected guidance. The guidance
is tempered with continued market uncertainty, particularly in
developing markets. Adjusted earnings of 65 cents per share,
however, soared an impressive 282% year over year from 17 cents
in the year-ago quarter, mainly due to improved performance in
the Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) segment and a turnaround in the
Materials Handling & Port Solutions (MHPS) segment.
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The results also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 49
cents by a wide margin of 33%. Including restructuring and
related items, Terex reported earnings per share of 72 cents,
compared with the prior-year quarter's loss per share of 30
Revenues in the quarter increased 12% year over year to $1.81
billion, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Growth in AWP
and MHPS segments led to the overall increase.
Cost of goods sold increased 8% to $1.43 billion versus $1.32
billion in the year-earlier quarter. Gross profit rose 29% year
over year to $386 million. Gross margin expanded 280 basis points
Selling, general and administrative expenses dipped fell 8% year
over year to $254 million. The company reported an operating
income of $131 million compared with $23 million in the year-ago
The Aerial Work Platforms segment's revenues improved 31% year
over year to $482 million on the back of strong demand in the
North American rental channel and economic recovery in Europe.
Operating income increased an impressive 126% to $71.5 million
from $31.7 million in the prior-year quarter.
The Construction segment's revenues edged up 1% year over year to
$193 million. The segment reported break-even results in the
quarter compared with an operating loss of $48.4 million in the
Revenues from the Crane segment decreased 6% year over year to
$480 million due to weak Australian and Southeast Asian markets.
Operating income declined to $25.7 million from $53.9 million in
the year-earlier quarter.
In the Material Handling & Port Solutions segment, revenues
grew 27% year over year to $529 million driven by recovery in the
base port business as well as the commencement of shipping a
large portion of the automated port projects. The segment
reported an operating income of $26 million compared with an
operating loss of $23.2 million in the year-ago quarter.
The Material Processing segment's revenues were $150 million,
down 1% year over year. The segment reported an operating income
of $16.7 million, up 3% from $16.2 million in the year-ago
Fiscal 2013 Highlights
For fiscal 2013, Terex reported adjusted earnings per share of
$2.23, up 41% from $1.58 in the prior year, which beat the Zacks
Consensus Estimate of $2.14. Including one-time items, earnings
per share were $1.79 compared with 68 cents in 2012. Revenues
edged up 1% year over year to $7.1 billion, short of the Zacks
Consensus Estimate of $7.2 billion.
As of Dec 31, 2013, cash and cash equivalents amounted to $408
million versus $678 million as of Dec 31, 2012. Total debt of the
company decreased to $1 billion as of Dec 31, 2013 from $2.1
billion as of Dec 31, 2012. Cash flow from operating activities
was at $188 million in 2013 compared with $292 million in the
Terex initiated a quarterly dividend of 5 cents and also
announced a share repurchase program of up to $200 million.
During the quarter, Terex purchased approximately 0.8 million
shares for approximately $30 million under this program.
Backlog of orders to be filled during the next 12 months was
around $1.83 billion as of Dec 31, 2013, a 7.5% year-over-year
decline. Large port equipment orders for MHPS were not sufficient
to offset decline in AWP backlog, mainly due to the timing of
orders received from one of its larger rental customers, and
lower demand for Crane products.
Terex expects 2013 earnings per share in the band of $2.50-$2.80.
The company initiated a sales guidance of $7.3-$7.7 billion.
Operating margin is expected to be in the range of 7.5% to 8.5%
in 2014. The guidance reflects the benefits of internal cost
initiatives, capital structure improvements and some growth in
projected net sales, tempered with continued market uncertainty,
particularly in developing markets. Even though the company
expects the global economy to be stronger in 2014, it will be
still modest when compared with historic demand levels.
Terex will realize benefits starting from 2014, from its
substantive actions undertaken to adjust the cost structure of
the MHPS as well as Cranes and Construction segments. In the near
term, strong backlog in the MHPS segment will aid results. The
Aerial Work Platforms (AWP) segment is continuing to benefit from
strong North American rental channel demand along with improved
performance in Latin America and Europe. The sale of its off
highway truck business, which is not yet complete will lead to a
smaller and more focused Construction portfolio. The company will
also benefit from recovery in the construction sector.
Westport, Conn.-based Terex is a global equipment manufacturer,
catering to the construction, infrastructure and surface mining
industries. The company's manufacturing facilities are located in
the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia and South America. It
also offers a complete line of financial products and services to
assist in the acquisition of equipment through Terex Financial
Terex retains a short-term Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some
better-ranked stocks in the same sector include
The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
Joy Global, Inc.
). While Manitowoc carries a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Joy
Global holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Reflecting on the performance of Terex's peers in the fourth
quarter, earnings of construction and mining equipment behemoth
) increased 5% year on year to $1.54 per share, which also
outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.29.