Valmont Industries, Inc. VMI registered profits of $55 million or $2.57 per share in first-quarter 2021, up from $42.9 million or $1.99 per share in the year-ago quarter. Earnings per share in the reported quarter beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.12.
Revenues in the quarter were $774.9 million, up 14.9% year over year. The figure also surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $754.6 million.
Valmont Industries, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Sales in the Engineered Support Structures segment fell 3.6% year over year to $222.3 million. Per the company, lower volumes in transportation markets were partly offset by favorable currency impacts, favorable pricing and higher sales of wireless communication products and components.
Sales in the Utility Support Structures segment rose 12.3% year over year to $253.1 million. The upside was driven by higher volumes resulting from higher demand for renewable energy generation and utilities’ investments in grid resiliency.
Sales in the Coatings segment increased 5.9% year over year at $93.3 million as benefits of favourable pricing and higher internal volumes were partly offset by lower external volumes in North American markets due to disruptions associated with the pandemic and winter weather.
Sales in the Irrigation unit amounted to $229.7 million, up 46.5% year over year on higher volumes across most markets. This was partly offset by unfavorable currency impacts. Sales in North America were $122.8 million, up 15.2% year over year led by higher volumes across all irrigation product lines.
International irrigation sales more than doubled year over year to $106.9 million.
Valmont ended first-quarter 2021 with cash and cash equivalents of $391.5 million, up 32.9% year over year. Long-term debt stood at $729.6 million, almost flat year over year.
Cash flows from operating activities were $33.2 million at the end of the first quarter (as of Mar 27, 2021), down from $62.4 million for the same period a year ago (as of Mar 28, 2020).
Valmont expects net sales of $805-$830 million for second-quarter 2021. It also expects operating profit margins of 9.5-10.5% for the second quarter.
For full-year 2021, it expects an increase in net sales of 9-14% and an increase in irrigation segment revenues of 27-30% year over year. The company also expects earnings of $9.00-$9.70 per share for 2021.
The company’s shares have gained 105.1% in the past year compared with 75.2% rise of the industry.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Valmont currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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