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Crane's (CR) Q2 Earnings and Revenues Beat, '18 View Up

Crane CompanyCR reported better-than-expected results in the second quarter of 2018.Adjusted earnings for the quarter came in at $1.41 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.35. Also, the bottom line increased 20.5% from the year-ago tally of $1.17.

The company's revenues totaled $851 million, up 21.1% year over year. Also, the reported figure beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $837 million. The improvement was driven by 18% benefit from acquired assets, 2% gain from favorable foreign currency movements and 2% increase in core sales.

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At the quarter end, total order backlog was $1,096.6 million, up an impressive 59.2% year over year.

Segmental Details

Crane generates revenues from its four segments, which are briefly discussed below.

Revenues from Aerospace & Electronics totaled $187.2 million, up 9.4% year over year. It represented 22% of second-quarter revenues. Order backlog was $441 million, up 34.5%.

Payment & Merchandising Technologies generated revenues of $324.3 million, up 63.6% year over year. It represented 38.1% of second-quarter revenues. Order backlog was $350.5 million (including backlog related to the acquired Crane Currency business) compared with $87 million in the prior-year quarter.

Engineered Materials ' revenues were $62.6 million, down 9.8% year over year. It represented 7.4% of second-quarter revenues. Order backlog at the segment decreased 11.4% from the year-ago quarter to $13.2 million.

Revenues from Fluid Handling increased 5% year over year to $276.9 million. It represented 32.5% of second-quarter revenues. Order backlog was $291.6 million, up 12.6%.

Costs

In the reported quarter, Crane's cost of goods sold increased 22.8% year over year. The same metric, as a percentage of revenues, came in at 64.1% compared with 63.2% in the prior-year quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses, as a percentage of revenues, were 21.9% compared with 21.4% in the year-ago quarter.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of Jun 30, 2018, Crane's cash and cash equivalents were $318.2 million compared with $509.3 million in the year-ago quarter. Long-term debt increased to $937.1 million from $494.1 million as of Dec 31, 2017.

In the quarter, the company's net cash generated from operating activities totaled $57.3 million compared with $66.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow was $40.8 million in the same period. Dividend paid in the quarter was approximately $20.9 million.

Concurrent with the earnings release, Crane announced that its board of directors has approved the payment of a quarterly dividend of 35 cents to shareholders for third-quarter 2018. The dividend will be paid on Sep 10, 2018.

Outlook

For 2018, Crane anticipates earnings, excluding special items, to be within the $5.60-$5.80 per share range compared with $5.45-$5.65 guided earlier. GAAP earnings are estimated to be in the band of $4.90-$5.10 compared with the earlier guidance of $4.75-$4.95 per share.

Free cash flow is projected to lie within the $250-$280 million range compared with $240-$270 million anticipated earlier.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

Crane currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Some better-ranked stocks are Adobe Systems Incorporated ADBE , Honeywell International Inc. HON and AMETEK, Inc. AME . While Adobe Systems sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Honeywell International and AMETEK carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

Adobe Systems surpassed estimates in each of the trailing four quarters with an average beat of 8.94%.

Honeywell International has exceeded estimates in each of the trailing four quarters, with an average beat of 2.44%.

AMETEK surpassed estimates in each of the trailing four quarters with an average beat of 6.03%.

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