Franklin Electric Co., Inc. :FELE-US: Earnings Analysis: Q3, 2017 By the Numbers : December 28, 2017

Franklin Electric Co., Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Franklin Electric Co., Inc. – Flowserve Corporation, Regal Beloit Corp, Allied Motion Technologies Inc., AMETEK, Inc., Xylem Inc. and Colfax Corporation (FLS-US, RBC-US, AMOT-US, AME-US, XYL-US and CFX-US) that have also reported for this period.

Highlights

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 311.11 million, Net Earnings of USD 24.27 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 35.65% to 33.38% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 13.55% from 15.73%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of 27.23% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings rose compared to same period last year, despite decline in operating and pretax margins.

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

2017-09-30 2017-06-30 2017-03-31 2016-12-31 2016-09-30
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 311.11 305.35 220.25 239.59 239.76
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 29.76 21.13 0.83 9.26 3.13
Earnings (mil) 24.27 29.91 15.53 17.34 23.36
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 3.88 27.37 20.79 11.45 14.39
Net Margin (%) 7.8 9.8 7.05 7.24 9.74
EPS 0.52 0.64 0.33 0.37 0.5
Return on Equity (%) 3.53 4.53 2.45 2.77 3.77
Return on Assets (%) 8.23 10.7 5.93 6.66 8.96

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

FELE-US’s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 29.76% 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 FELE-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 1.89% and earnings by -18.85% 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 rose year-on-year. But this growth has not come as a result of improvement in gross margins or any cost control activities in its operations. Gross margins went from 33.38% to 35.65% for the same period last year, while operating margins (EBITDA margins) went from 13.55% to 15.73% over the same time frame.

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

FELE-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 are now 92.75 days from 117.36 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.

FELE-US’s change in operating cash flow of 27.23% 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

Margins

Despite a decline in operating (EBIT) margins as well as a decline in pretax margins, the company’s earnings rose.

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

Franklin Electric Co., Inc. engages in the development, manufacture, and distribution of water and fuel pumping systems. It operates through the following business segments: Water Systems, Fueling Systems, and Other. The Water Systems segment designs, manufactures, and sells water pumping systems, submersible motors, pumps, electronic controls, and related parts and equipment. The Fueling Systems segment produces and markets fuel pumping, fuel containment, and monitoring and control systems. It also offers pumps, pipe, sumps, fittings, vapor recovery components, electronic controls, monitoring devices, and related parts and equipment. The Other segment includes the unallocated corporate expenses and inter-company eliminations. The company was founded by Edward J. Schaefer and T. Wayne Kehoe in 1944 and is headquartered in Fort Wayne, IN.

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