Dycom Industries Inc. 's DY shares slumped more than 24% on Monday, after the specialty contracting service provider slashed its fiscal second-quarter, as well as full-year earnings and revenue outlook.
Given weaker-than-expected business so far this year, Dycom now expects adjusted earnings (excluding non-recurring items) for second-quarter fiscal 2019 in the range of $1.05-$1.08 per share. The current expectation is considerably lower than the company's earlier guided range of $1.13-$1.28 per share.
Contract revenues are now estimated at $799.5 million (versus $830-$860 million projected earlier). Meanwhile, adjusted EBITDA, as a percentage of contract revenues, is anticipated in the range of 12-12.2% (versus 12.4-12.8% anticipated earlier).
For fiscal 2019 as well, the company lowered its adjusted earnings guidance to the range of $2.62-$3.07 per share from prior expectation of $4.26-$5.15 per share. The company now expects its contract revenues in the range of $3.01-$3.11 billion compared with $3.23-$3.43 billion expected earlier. Adjusted EBITDA, as a percentage of contract revenues, is expected in the range of 10.7-11.1% (versus 12.4-12.9% projected earlier).
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Fiscal Third-Quarter Guidance
Dycom also provided views for the third quarter of fiscal 2019 (ending Oct 27, 2018). The company expects contract revenues in the range of $785-835 million. Adjusted earnings will likely be between 80 cents and $1.04 per share and adjusted EBITDA (as a percentage of contract revenues) is expected in the range of 11.6-12.2%.
Although the company lowered its views given the near-term trends, it remains hopeful about its backlog growth as well as significant industry opportunities.
The industry is witnessing a dramatically increasing network bandwidth, with major industry participants deploying significant 1 gigabit wireline networks. Also, emerging wireless technologies necessitate incremental wireline deployments. Such positive industry trends are generating unprecedented opportunities for Dycom. These factors bode well for this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company's growth.
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