Triumph Group Inc.
) adjusted earnings from continuing operations for the fiscal
first quarter 2014 ended Jun 31, 2013, came in at $1.54 per
share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. The
quarterly result also increased 4.1% from the year-earlier
adjusted profit of $1.48. The improved performance was backed by
solid execution and lower costs.
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In the reported quarter, net sales inched up 6.3% year over year
to $943.7 million, of which organic growth moderated by 2% owing
to a decline in non-recurring revenue. The reported figure failed
to match up with the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $963.0 million.
Segment-wise, sales from Aerostructures dropped to $651.9 million
from $669.9 million in the prior-year comparable quarter.
Aerospace Systems revenue grew 56.2% year over year to $ 219.5
million, while Aftermarket Services decreased to $74.4 million
from $80.0 million in the year-ago quarter.
Operating income in the fiscal first quarter increased marginally
to $141.3 million from $140.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
Operating margin stood at 15.0% in the reported quarter versus
15.9% in the fiscal first quarter of 2013.
On a segmental basis, Aerostructures reported a 16.4% decline in
operating income, to settle at $100.4 million. Aerospace Systems'
operating income jumped 81.3% to $42.6 million. However,
Aftermarket Services displayed a decrease of 4.5% to $11.3
Exiting the fiscal first quarter 2014, Triumph's cash and cash
equivalents were $18.5 million compared with $32.0 million at the
end of the prior-year quarter. Long-term debt (including the
current portion) was $1,413.8 million, up from $1,329.9 million
in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2013. The debt-to-capitalization
ratio in the reported quarter stood at 39.9%.
Cash from operations, before pension contributions, was $37.6
million in fiscal first quarter of 2014, down from $127.6 million
in the year-ago period. Capital expenditures climbed to $56.2
million during the quarter from $37.1 million in the year-ago
For fiscal year 2014, the company reaffirmed its sales forecast
in the range of $3.8 billion to $4.0 billion and earnings per
share from continuing operations of $5.65 to $5.75 per diluted
share. Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations for
fiscal year 2014 are expected in a band of $6.30 to $6.40 per
Triumph carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). However, other aviation
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