Hexcel Earnings: Here’s Why Investors are Buying Shares Now

Hexcel Corp. (NYSE:HXL) delivered a profit and beat Wall Street’s expectations, BUT came up short on beating the revenue expectation. The revenue miss is a negative sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are up 3.25%.

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Hexcel Corp. Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 10.26% to $0.43 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.39 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 4.1% to $416.5 million from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: Hexcel Corp. reported adjusted EPS income of $0.43 per share. By that measure, the company beat the mean analyst estimate of $0.41. It missed the average revenue estimate of $417.97 million.

Quoting Management: Mr. Berges, CEO, commented, “This was another good start to the year for Hexcel, as solid execution combined with continued strong aerospace sales delivered excellent results. For the quarter, our adjusted diluted EPS of $0.43 was 10.3% higher than last year, on a 3.9% increase in constant currency sales. Our commercial aerospace and space and defense sales were again up over 10%, and helped offset the nearly 30% decline in industrial sales.”

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue increased 7.54% from $387.3 million in the previous quarter. EPS increased 19.44% from $0.36 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.45 to a profit $0.46. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $1.77, which is the same with that ninety days ago.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)

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