Amphenol APH reported fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of 98 cents per share that beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 7.7% but declined 6.7% from the year-ago quarter’s figure.
Net sales decreased 3.3% year over year to $2.15 billion, which was slightly better than the consensus mark of $2 billion. Unfavorable foreign exchange impacted sales by $14 million.
The year-over-year decrease in revenues was primarily due to weakness in communications end markets, particularly the mobile devices and mobile networks markets.
Interconnect Products and Assemblies (95.4% of net sales) sales declined 3.3% from the year-ago quarter to $2.05 billion. Moreover, Cable Products and Solutions sales were $99.7 million, down 2.5% year over year.
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Gross margin contracted 60 basis points (bps) on a year-over-year basis to 31.6%.
Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A), as a percentage of revenues, increased 40 bps to 11.6%.
Adjusted operating margin contracted 100 bps on a year-over-year basis to 20%.
Segment-wise, Interconnect Products and Assemblies operating margin shrank 80 bps to 22%, while Cable Products and Solutions operating margin contracted 190 bps to 10%.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
As of Dec 31, 2019, Amphenol had cash and cash equivalents worth $908.6 million, lower than $986.7 million as of Sep 30.
Cash flow from operations was $424 million compared with $412 million in the previous quarter.
During the quarter, the company repurchased 0.4 million shares for $43 million.
For the first quarter of 2020, Amphenol projects sales between $1.960 billion and $2 billion.
Adjusted earnings are expected between 85 cents and 87 cents per share.
For 2020, Amphenol expects sales between $8.240 billion and $8.400 billion (flat to up 2% on a year-over-year basis).
Moreover, the company expects adjusted earnings of $3.76-$3.84 per share, which indicates a year-over-year increase of 1-3%.
Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider
Currently, Amphenol has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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