Taylor Devices, Inc. :TAYD-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : October 18, 2016

Taylor Devices, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended August 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Taylor Devices, Inc. – Nordson Corporation and Argan, Inc. (NDSN-US and AGX-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 5.76 million, Net Earnings of USD 0.21 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 35.63% to 25.16% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 8.45% from 18.39%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -253.23% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Narrowing of operating margins contributed to decline in earnings.

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

2015-08-31 2015-11-30 2016-02-29 2016-05-31 2016-08-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 9.47 8.82 8.33 9.06 5.76
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 44.6 31.54 26.8 -15.84 -39.24
Earnings (mil) 1.01 0.92 1.18 1.09 0.21
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 157.36 83.35 201.62 23.21 -79.22
Net Margin (%) 10.66 10.48 14.19 12.05 3.65
EPS 0.3 0.27 0.35 0.32 0.06
Return on Equity (%) 15.52 13.62 16.7 14.8 2.76
Return on Assets (%) 11.85 10.46 12.97 11.79 2.27

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

TAYD-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of -39.24% 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 TAYD-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -36.48% and earnings by -80.79% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s year-on-year decline in earnings was influenced by a weakening in gross margins from 35.63% to 25.16%, as well as issues with cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) went from 18.39% to 8.45% in this time frame. For comparison, gross margins were 30.36% and EBITDA margins were 14.48% in the previous period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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

TAYD-US‘s decline in gross margins has not produced any significant offsetting improvement in its working capital . This leads Capital Cube to conclude that the decline in gross margins are likely from operating issues and not trade-offs with the balance sheet. Working capital days are currently 331.43 days, compared to last year’s level of 169.96 days.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

TAYD-US‘s change in operating cash flow of -253.23% 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


The company’s decline in earnings has been influenced by the following factors: (1) Decline in operating margins (EBIT margins) from 16.34% to 4.62% and (2) one-time items that contributed to a decrease in pretax margins from 16.38% to 4.79%

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

Taylor Devices, Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of shock absorption, rate control and energy storage devices for use in various types of vehicles, machinery, equipment and structures. Its products include seismic dampers, which are designed to ameliorate the effects of earthquake tremors on structures, and represent a substantial part of the business of the company; Fluidicshoks, which are small, extremely compact shock absorbers, produced in various sizes for primary use in the defense, aerospace and commercial industry; crane and industrial buffers, which are larger versions of the Fluidicshoks, produced in various sizes for industrial application on cranes, ships, container ships, railroad cars, truck docks, ladle and ingot cars, ore trolleys and car stops; self-adjusting shock absorbers, which include versions of Fluidicshoks and crane and industrial buffers, automatically adjust to different impact conditions, and are designed for high cycle application primarily in the heavy industry; liquid die springs, which are used as component parts of machinery and equipment used in the manufacture of tools and dies; and vibration dampers, which are used primarily by the aerospace and defense industries to control the response of electronics and optical systems subjected to air, ship, or spacecraft vibration. The company was founded by Paul H. Taylor on July 22, 1955 and is headquartered in North Tonawanda, NY.

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