American Electric Technologies, Inc. :AETI-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : May 24, 2017

American Electric Technologies, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of American Electric Technologies, Inc. – Trinity Industries, Inc., Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., General Electric Company, National Oilwell Varco, Inc., UQM Technologies, Inc., Pioneer Power Solutions, Inc., ABB Ltd. Sponsored ADR, Powell Industries, Inc. and AZZ Inc. (TRN-US, AEIS-US, GE-US, NOV-US, UQM-US, PPSI-US, ABB-US, POWL-US and AZZ-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 8.03 million, Net Earnings of USD -2.50 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 1.10% to -6.92% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now -26.74% from -29.32%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 41.44% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2017-03-31 2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 8.03 9.4 8.67 11.44 8.3
Revenue Growth (%YOY) -3.23 22.2 -37.06 -6.97 -45.8
Earnings (mil) -2.5 -1.7 -2.62 0.15 -2.88
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 13.46 52.9 -1386.27 -72.39 -1152.19
Net Margin (%) -31.07 -18.13 -30.25 1.32 -34.74
EPS -0.31 -0.21 -0.33 0.01 -0.36
Return on Equity (%) -71.62 -43.73 -58.28 1.26 -55.79
Return on Assets (%) -28.82 -18.96 -28.41 1.63 -30.56

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

AETI-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of -3.23% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that AETI-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -14.55% and earnings by -46.42% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s gross margins showed no year-on-year improvement. In spite of this, the company’s earnings rose, influenced primarily by the improvement in operating margins (EBITDA margins) from -29.32% to -26.74%. For comparison, gross margins were 1.60% and EBITDA margins were -15.76% in the last period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Gross Margin Trend

Companies sometimes sacrifice improvements in revenues and margins in order to extend friendlier terms to customers and vendors. Capital Cube probes for such activity by comparing the changes in gross margins with any changes in working capital. If the gross margins improved without a worsening of working capital, it is possible that the company’s performance is a result of truly delivering in the marketplace and not simply an accounting prop-up using the balance sheet.

Gross Margin History
Working Capital Days History

AETI-US‘s decline in gross margins were offset by some improvements on the balance sheet. The management of working capital, for example, shows progress. The company’s working capital days have fallen to 38.49 days from 104.43 days for the same period last year. This leads Capital Cube to conclude that the gross margin decline is not altogether bad.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

AETI-US‘s change in operating cash flow of 41.44% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings


The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from -31.98% to -29.45% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now -30.85% compared to -35.42% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

American Electric Technologies, Inc. provides power delivery solutions to the traditional and renewable energy industries. It provides custom designed power distribution, power conversion, and automation and control systems. The power distribution products include low and medium voltage switchgear, arc managed and arc resistant switchgear. Its power conversion solutions include analog, digital silicon controlled rectifier and alternating current variable frequency drive systems. The automation and control solutions are programmable logic controllers based systems designed for the management and control of power in a user’s application. It also provides their services to oil and gas and marine and industrial sectors. The company was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

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