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Granite Construction Q3 Earnings Lag, Stock Up on Y/Y Rise

Shares of Granite Construction IncorporatedGVA gained over 15% since the company reported its third-quarter 2015 results on Nov 2. Granite Construction's earnings per share improved a whopping 103% year over year to 77 cents from 38 cents in the year-ago quarter. The bottom line, however, missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 92 cents.

Operational Updates

Granite Construction's net sales increased 4.4% year over year to $751.4 million but fell short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $776.4 million.

Cost of sales went down to $650.5 million from $653 million in the prior year quarter. Gross profit improved 51% to $100.9 million from $66.7 million in the prior-year quarter. Gross margin increased 870 basis points (bps) year over year to 23.6%.

Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses increased 5.7% year over year to $50 million. Granite Construction reported adjusted operating profit of $50.8 million, up significantly from $19.3 million in the prior-year quarter.

Segment Performance

Construction: Net sales increased 4.5% year over year to $427 million. Gross profit increased 31.8% year over year to $64.3 million, driven by strong performance in certain parts of the West and across its Kenny businesses.

Large Project Construction: The segment reported sales of $217 million, up 21% from $179.4 million in the year-ago quarter. Gross profit for the quarter came in at $22.6 million, rising significantly from $5.7 million in the same period last year.

Construction Materials: Net sales in the reported quarter improved 15% year over year to $107 million. The segment reported gross profit of $14 million compared with $12 million in the prior-year quarter, driven by operational efficiencies along with stronger volume across geographies.

Financial Update

Granite Construction ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $221.8 million compared with $255.9 million in the year-ago quarter. As of Sep 30, 2015, long-term debt remained flat at $270 million compared with Sep 30, 2014. Cash flow used in operating activities was $8 million for the period of nine months ended Sep 30, 2015 compared with $46.8 million in the prior-year period. Total contract backlog increased 4% year over year to $3 billion in the reported quarter.

Outlook

Granite Construction retained its 2015 guidance and expects consolidated revenue growth in mid-single digits and consolidated EBITDA margin of 6% to 8%.

Granite Construction is poised to benefit from economic improvement. The company remains focused on opportunities to leverage pent-up demand as the funding environment is progressing. Notably, Granite Construction's sound backlog and several additional awards bode well for its future performance.

Watsonville, CA-based Granite Construction is a leading infrastructure contractor and construction materials producing company. Its project teams represent the best in the industry; serving both public and private-sector clients in transportation, power, federal, tunneling, underground, industrial/mining and water resources markets.

Granite Construction currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Better-ranked stocks in the sector include Dycom Industries Inc. DY , Jiangsu Expressway Co. Ltd. JEXYY and Zhejiang Expressway Co. Ltd. ZHEXY . While Dycom sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Jiangsu Expressway and Zhejiang Expressway carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

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