Diversified U.S. conglomerate Textron Inc.TXT reported third-quarter 2015 earnings from continuing operations of 63 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 60 cents by 5%. The reported figure also increased 10.5% from 57 cents per share in the year-ago quarter, driven by solid margin contribution across all its segments despite the plunge in revenues.
Total revenues in the quarter were $3,180 million, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,389 million by 6.2%. Revenues decreased 7.3% from the year-ago figure of $3,430 million primarily on account of lower contribution from the Bell segment owing to declining deliveries of V-22s.
Manufacturing revenues decreased 7.1% year over year to $3,163 million, while revenues from the Finance division declined 32% to $17 million during the quarter.
Textron Aviation: Revenues during the third quarter increased 7.3% to $1,159 million from $1,080 million in the year-ago quarter. This reflects higher jet and military volumes. The company delivered 29 King Air turboprops and 37 new Citation jets, compared with 30 King Air and 33 Citation jets in the prior-year period.
The segment registered a profit of $108 million compared with $62 million in the prior-year quarter owing to higher volumes and improved operating performance. Order backlog at the end of the third quarter was $1.4 billion, flat with the preceding quarter.
Bell: Segment revenues decreased 36% to $756 million from the year-ago level of $1,182 million due to lower V-22 aircraft deliveries along with lower commercial aftermarket volume.
The segment delivered 45 commercial helicopters compared with 41 units in the prior-year period. Bell also delivered 4 V-22s and 5 H-1s compared with the year-ago delivery of 12 and 4 units, respectively.
Segment profit also decreased 32.2% year over year to $99 million in the quarter. Bell's order backlog at the end of the quarter was $5.1 billion, up $338 million sequentially.
Textron Systems: Revenues from this division during the reported quarter were $420 million, up 17.3% year over year. The upside was mainly due to higher Unmanned Systems as well as Weapons and Sensors volumes.
Segment profit of $39 million registered a year-over-year increase of 44.4%, reflecting higher volumes.
Textron Systems' backlog at the end of the third quarter was $2.6 billion, down $142 million from the end of the second quarter.
Industrial: Segment revenues increased 5.5% year over year to $828 million driven by higher volumes. Segment profit increased 15.1% to $61 million.
As of Oct 3, 2015, cash and cash equivalents were $497 million, compared with $731 million as of Jan 3, 2015.
Capital expenditure during the quarter was $113 million compared with $83 million in the year-ago quarter. Long-term debt was $2,391 million as of Oct 3, 2015, down from $2,803 million as of Jan 3, 2015.
Textron narrowed its 2015 earnings per share guidance range to $2.40 to $2.50 from $2.30 to $2.50.
The company reaffirmed its cash flow from continuing operations before pension contributions guidance in the band of $550-$650 million.
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Textron is expected to witness a mixed macro environment this year as growth in its Aviation and Industrial segments will be partially offset by weakness in Bell Helicopters. Soft V-22 Osprey shipments and weakness in the global commercial helicopter market are expected to affect segment revenues and dampen the top line this year.
Textron had earlier shipped a higher number of V-22s to the U.S. government, boosting Bell's revenues. However, revenues at Bell are being hit by a slowdown in these shipments in 2015. The company, however, expects global commercial helicopter demand to bounce back this year, countering the negative impact of lower V-22 purchases by the U.S. government.
Textron expects revenues from its other segments comprising Aviation, Industrial and Systems to increase in the second half of 2015.
The company currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).