Hexcel (HXL) Q4 Earnings Beat Estimates, Sales Rise Y/Y
Hexcel Corporation HXL reported fourth-quarter 2022 adjusted earnings of 40 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 31 cents by 29%.
The bottom line improved massively from the year-ago earnings of 16 cents per share, implying solid growth of 150%.
In the quarter under review, the company posted GAAP earnings of 43 cents per share compared with the prior-year quarter’s earnings of 22 cents.
For 2022, the company reported adjusted earnings of $1.28 per share, which improved a solid 374.1% from the year-ago figure of 27 cents.
Hexcel Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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In the fourth quarter, net sales totaled $429.4 million, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $404 million by 6.7%. Also, the top line witnessed an improvement of 19.2% from the year-ago quarter’s $360.3 million.
For 2022, the company recorded revenues worth $1,578 million, up 19.1% from 2021’s reported figure.
Hexcel's gross margin in the fourth quarter was 23.1% compared with 19.2% in the prior-year period, driven by higher sales.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 26.3%, whereas research and technology expenses for the fourth quarter of 2022 rose 3.4% year over year.
HXL’s adjusted operating income was $46.3 million in the quarter compared with $25.2 million in the year-ago period.
Commercial Aerospace: Net sales increased 28.3% year over year to $256.2 million, driven by growth in all the major platforms, including the Airbus A350 and A320neo, and the Boeing 787 and 737 MAX.
Space and Defense: Net sales increased 19.5% year over year to $126.5 million. The increase can be attributed to global strength witnessed across the entire sector.
Industrial: Net sales decreased 14.6% year over year to $46.7 million primarily due to lower wind energy sales.
As of Dec 31, 2022, cash and cash equivalents were $112 million compared with $127.7 million as of Dec 31, 2021.
The long-term debt totaled $723.3 million as of Dec 31, 2022, down from $822.4 million as of 2021-end.
In 2022, the company’s cash flow from operating activities was $173.1 million compared with $151.7 million in the prior-year period.
Hexcel’s adjusted free cash flow for 2022 was $96.8 million compared with $123.8 million in the prior-year period.
The company provided its 2023 financial guidance.
Hexcel expects to generate sales of $1.725-$1.825 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for sales, pegged at $1.72 billion, is almost in line with the lower end of the company's guidance range.
The company expects to generate adjusted earnings per share of $1.70-$1.90 in 2023. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for sales, pegged at $1.72 per share, is lower than the mid-point of the company's guidance range.
Hexcel currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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