Art’s-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. :ARTW-US: Earnings Analysis: Q3, 2017 By the Numbers : October 9, 2017

Art’s-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended August 31, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Art’s-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. – Deere & Company and Toro Company (DE-US and TTC-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 6.55 million, Net Earnings of USD 0.04 million.
  • Gross margins widened from 17.38% to 20.41% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 4.33% from -1.71%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 161.26% 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:

2017-08-31 2017-05-31 2017-02-28 2016-11-30 2016-08-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 6.55 4.69 4.42 4.12 6.43
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 1.84 -18.32 -30.83 -30.9 -6.61
Earnings (mil) 0.04 -0.51 -0.25 -0.43 -0.15
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 127.83 -799.59 -413.29 -163.46 81.19
Net Margin (%) 0.64 -10.85 -5.74 -10.37 -2.33
EPS 0.01 -0.13 -0.06 -0.14 -0.07
Return on Equity (%) 0.25 -2.99 -1.46 -2.39 -0.81
Return on Assets (%) 0.62 -7.6 -3.79 -6.08 -2.1

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

ARTW-US’s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 1.84% 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 ARTW-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 39.67% and earnings by 108.18% 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 earnings growth was influenced by year-on-year improvement in gross margins from 17.38% to 20.41% as well as better cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) rose from -1.71% to 4.33% compared to the same period last year. For comparison, gross margins were 14.48% and EBITDA margins were -11.72% in the last reporting 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

ARTW-US’s improvement in gross margin has been accompanied by an improvement in its balance sheet as well. This suggests that gross margin improvements are likely from operating decisions and not accounting gimmicks. Its working capital days are now 96.14 days compared to 165.18 days for the same period last year.

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.

ARTW-US’s change in operating cash flow of 161.26% 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 -3.38% to 1.67% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now 1.41% compared to -3.48% 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

Art’s-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. manufactures and distributes farm machinery niche products. It operates through the following segments: Agricultural Products, Tools and Modular Buildings. The Agricultural Products segment manufactures a variety of specialized farm machinery under its own label, including: portable and stationary animal feed processing equipment and related attachments used to mill and mix feed grains into custom animal feed rations; a crop production line that includes grain drill equipment; a line of hay and forage equipment consisting of forage boxes, blowers, running gear, dump boxes and mergers; stalk shredders; a line of portable grain augers; a line of manure spreaders; sugar beet harvesting equipment; a line of land maintenance equipment; moldboard plows, potato harvesters, and reels for combines and swathers under UHC by Art’s Way. The Tools segment manufactures standard single point brazed carbide tipped tools as well as polycrystalline diamond and cubic boron nitride inserts and tools through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ohio Metal Working Products-Art’s Way, Inc., an Ohio corporation. The Modular Buildings segment produces and sells modular buildings, which are custom designed to meet the specific research needs of its customers. It also provides services relating to the design, manufacturing, delivering, installation and renting of the building units that it produces. The company was founded by Arthur Luscombe in 1956 and is headquartered in Armstrong, IA.

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