Commercial Metals Company (CMC – Free Report) reported adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $ 2.61 in third-quarter fiscal 2022 (ended May 31, 2022), beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $ 2.09. The bottom line surged 151% year on year thanks to strong end-market demand and exceptional operational execution.
Including one-time items, the company achieved EPS of $ 2.54 in the fiscal third quarter compared with the prior-year quarter’s $ 1.07.
Net sales in the reported quarter came in at $ 2,516 million compared with the year-ago quarter’s $ 1,845 million. The reported figure surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $ 2,360 million.
The cost of goods sold in the quarter was up 28% year over year to $ 1,956 million. The gross profit was up 79% year over year to $ 559 million during this period. The core EBITDA was $ 484 million in the fiscal third quarter, up 110% year over year
The North America segment generated net sales of $ 2,033 million in the fiscal third quarter compared with $ 1,558 million recorded in the prior-year quarter’s levels. The segment registered an adjusted EBITDA of $ 379 million compared with the year-earlier quarter’s $ 207 million.
The Europe segment’s revenues came in at $ 485 million, surging 71% year-over-year. The adjusted EBITDA was $ 121 million in the fiscal third quarter compared to the year-ago quarter’s $ 50 million.
Commercial Metals reported cash and cash equivalents of $ 410 million at the end of third-quarter fiscal 2022 compared with $ 498 million recorded at the end of fiscal 2021. The company’s long-term debt came in at $ 1,115 million at the end of the fiscal third quarter. compared with $ 1,015 million at the fiscal 2021-end. Cash generated from operating activities was $ 242 million for the nine months period ended on May 31, 2022, compared with $ 94 million in the comparable period last year.
On Jun 15, the company declared a quarterly dividend of 14 cents per share. The dividend will be paid out on Jul 13 to shareholders of record as of Jun 29, 2022. This represents year-over-year dividend growth of 17%.
Commercial Metals expects sustained robust demand for each of the company’s major product lines in the fiscal fourth quarter, driven by the company’s growing downstream backlog and increased levels of new work entering the project pipeline. Margins over scrap in North America and Europe are likely to maintain fiscal third-quarter levels, owing to the favorable market scenario. The company will gain from continued strength in construction markets, stemming from high levels of contract backlog in fiscal 2023.
In the fiscal third quarter, Commercial Metals completed the acquisition of Tensar Corporation. This buyout adds a highly-attractive new growth platform to the company, which will make it a unique provider of value-added reinforcement solutions for the domestic and international construction markets.
Commercial Metals’ shares have surged 18.7% in the past year against the industry’s decline of 10.2%.
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Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider
Commercial Metals currently flaunts a Zacks Rank # 2 (Buy). You can see The complete list of today’s Zacks # 1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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