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EnerSys (ENS) Beats on Q3 Earnings; Revenues Miss Estimate

EnerSysENS kept its recent streak of earnings beats alive with its third-quarter fiscal 2017 adjusted earnings of $1.18 per share surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.13 by 4.4%.

The bottom line fared even better on a year-over-year comparison, improving 28.3% from the prior-year tally of 92 cents. The figure also steered past the projected range of $1.12-$1.16.

Investors seemed unimpressed with the remarkable beat, as the company's shares remained flat during the regular trading session on Wednesday.

EnerSys' diligent restructuring initiatives have produced tangible improvements in short-term productivity, which drove bottom-line growth. In addition, a fall in the cost of goods proved conducive to the earnings growth.

Inside the Headlines

Net sales edged down 1.7% year over year to $563.7 million during the quarter. Also, the top line fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $588 million. The year-over-year decline was stemmed by the adverse foreign currency fluctuations as well as a dip in organic revenues.

In terms of product lines, Reserve Power was flat on a year-over-year basis. While contributions from acquisitions boosted sales, this was completely offset by foreign currency headwinds. Motive Power product revenues were down 3.1% year over year. Fall in organic sales and foreign currency fluctuations played a major spoilsport for this segment.

In terms of geography, both the Asian and EMEA regions recorded a year-over-year decline. While the Asian region net sales dipped 9.7%, EMEA net sales were down by 5.4%, both on a year-over-year basis. However, the Americas region witnessed a modest year-over-year sales improvement of 2.5%, offsetting some of this decline. While currency translation woes and organic sales decline marred sales in both the EMEA and Asia; positive contributions from acquisition drove sales for the Americas.

EnerSys' operating earnings for the quarter remained flat year over year at $55.1 million. Nevertheless, gross margin expanded 230 basis points to 27.7. Improvements in gross margins came on the back of improved manufacturing costs and favorable pricing of lead.

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Liquidity

At the end of the fiscal third quarter, EnerSys had cash and cash equivalents of $467.1 million, up from $440.3 million at the end of second-quarter fiscal 2017. At the end of the reported quarter, the company's long-term debt was $600.6 million, inching up from $599.4 million at the end of the fiscal second quarter.

During the quarter, net cash from operating activities came in at $166.7 million, compared with $232.7 million recorded in the prior-year quarter.

Guidance

Concurrent with the earnings release, EnerSys offered its guidance for fourth-quarter fiscal 2017. The company expects non-GAAP earnings in the range of $1.19-$1.23 per share, excluding projected charges of 3 cents from restructuring programs and 1 cent from acquisition expenses.

To Conclude

EnerSys posted mixed results for third-quarter fiscal 2017, with a bottom-line beat but a top-line miss. Going forward, we believe that positive industry trend and strong sales of products, like lead chargers and battery management systems, will drive growth of Motive business. Also, solid ODYSSEY sales are likely to bolster Reserve Power business sales. Moreover, the company's focus on improving its higher margin products and diligent restructuring efforts are anticipated to boost margins over the long term.

However, with more than half of its sales generated abroad, this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company has been affected by a global slowdown in industrial spending. Additionally, intensifying price wars, currency fluctuations and volatility in commodity prices are likely to restrict the company's near-term performance.

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ABB has generated a positive average earnings surprise of 23.5% in the trailing four quarters.

Applied Industrial Technologies managed to beat estimates thrice over the trailing four quarters and has a positive earnings surprise of 6.2%.

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