Expect Caterpillar (CAT) to post stronger-than-expected earnings results following Deere’s (DE) second quarter beat and improved outlook on construction and forestry, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch noted today.
Shares of Caterpillar and Boeing on Thursday were contributing about 20 points to a healthy rise in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The pair of Dow components were both adding about 10 points each to …
We issued an updated research report on premium machine tools and accessories company, Kennametal Inc. KMT, on May 25.
On a year-to-date basis, shares of this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stock yielded a 24.12% return, outperforming 17.61% growth recorded by the Zacks categorized Machine Tools & Related Products industry.
Kennametal reported better-than-expected results (ended Mar 31, 2017) for third-quarter fiscal 2017. The company is keen on developing a sound cost structure by rationalizing certain manufacturing facilities, and lowering costs through employee- and cost-reduction programs. It anticipates that its restructuring programs, including headcount reduction initiatives and some other actions, will yield pre-tax savings of approximately $165–$180 million, by the end of Dec 2018. Of these programs, the company particularly predicts its headcount reduction initiatives to result in estimated annualized savings of $90 million, by Dec 2017. In addition, the other programs are likely to generate savings of $75–$90 million, by Dec 2018.
Furthermore, Kennametal intends to make meaningful acquisitions and dispose non-core assets, in order to manage its portfolio and improve business activities. In fiscal 2016, the company divested certain non-core assets, comprising 18 facilities, which included 11 manufacturing and seven small facilities from castings, steel-plate fabrication and deburring operations. This move will enable the company to better align its business portfolio with the current market demands, over the long term. Additionally, Kennametal remains committed toward rewarding its shareholders through share repurchases and dividend payments.
For fiscal 2017, the company increased its adjusted earnings guidance to $1.50–$1.60 per share from the previous forecast of $1.20–$1.50.
Over the last 60 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the stock moved north for fiscal 2018, reflecting positive market sentiments toward the stock.
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