Standex International (SXI) Tops Q1 EPS by 3c
Standex International (NYSE: SXI) reported Q1 EPS of $0.97, $0.03 better than the analyst estimate of $0.94. Revenue for the quarter came in at $196.4 million versus the consensus estimate of $196.56 million.
"First quarter results were in line with our previously communicated expectations. Performance in Engineering Technologies, Hydraulics and Scientific remained strong. The Engraving segment reported a significant sequential margin increase from the previous quarter on a modest sales gain. Macro-economic headwinds continued to impact results, particularly in the Electronics segment. Our cost restructuring efforts are on plan and we continue to identify additional productivity initiatives that will be implemented in fiscal 2020. Finally, our working capital metrics improved resulting in a favorable free cash flow comparison year-over-year," commented President and Chief Executive Officer David Dunbar.
"From an organic growth perspective, laneway sales revenue increased 12% year-over-year to $16.6 million as our new offerings continue to resonate with customers. We are also benefitting from the successful integration and performance of our recent acquisitions, GS Engineering and Agile Magnetics, as we continue to leverage our Standex Value Creation model.
"Our financial position remains strong with net debt to Adjusted EBITDA of under 1x and approximately $250 million in available liquidity. Working capital metrics improved in all of our business segments this quarter. Working capital turns increased 90 basis points to 5.4x, and importantly, we generated free cash flow of $1.3 million in the first quarter which historically has been a negative quarter for us.
"In summary, despite the challenges we are experiencing from the macro environment that is impacting some of our end markets, we continue to make progress in transforming our higher margin businesses into significant platforms. Our ongoing focus on company-wide productivity enhancements provides further opportunity to drive profitable growth. In addition, our financial strength positions us well to invest in an active pipeline of high return internal projects and attractive acquisition opportunities. Our capital allocation approach will remain disciplined and balanced as we pursue these new opportunities," concluded Mr. Dunbar.
In the second fiscal quarter of 2020, the Company expects its financial performance to be similar to first quarter results. For the third fiscal quarter, the expectation is for a sequential and year-over-year improvement in both revenue and operating income.
The Company's outlook assumes continued weakness in the Electronics segment particularly in Asia, improved Engraving segment performance, and continued growth in the Engineering Technologies and Scientific businesses. As the previously announced restructuring contributes at its full run rate, the Company expects to further leverage its cost structure in the third quarter.
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