JBT QII 2018 results

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Monday, July 30, 2018
Frigoscandia freezer are part of JBT’s portfolio.
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Frigoscandia freezer are part of JBT’s portfolio.
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JBT Corporatio, a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry, reported results for the second quarter of 2018.

"JBT posted better than expected revenue growth and margin expansion as well as record orders in the second quarter, putting us on track to deliver double-digit growth in revenue and adjusted earnings for full-year 2018," said Tom Giacomini, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Second quarter 2018 revenue increased 27% from the second quarter of 2017, including growth of 14% organically and 4%  from acquisitions, a 1% foreign exchange benefit, and an 8% benefit from the new revenue recognition standard, ASC 606, adopted 1st January, 2018.

Second quarter 2018 operating income of $42.2 mill. – which included a restructuring expense of $8.5 mill. – increased 44% from the year-ago period. Total segment operating profit of $62.1 mill. increased 48%, including 18% from ASC 606. Segment operating profit margins expanded 170 basis points year over year and 540 basis points sequentially. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $1.04 for the second quarter of 2018 compared to $0.57 for the second quarter of 2017.

Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was $1.24 for the second quarter of 2018 excluding the restructuring expense. Second quarter 2018 results included a $0.17 per share benefit from ASC 606 and a $0.15 per share discrete tax benefit associated with accounting rules for stock compensation costs.

For the second quarter of 2018, inbound orders of $530 mill. increased 27%, with record levels at both FoodTech and AeroTech. Backlog expanded 15%.

In the second quarter of 2018, JBT recorded a restructuring expense of $8.5 mill., part of the previously announced $50 mill. Improvement program to unlock the benefits of the Company's expanded global scale.

On 12th July, JBT announced the acquisition of FTNON, a leading provider of equipment and solutions for the fresh produce, ready meals, and pet food markets. "We are pleased to add additional, complementary capabilities to JBT's customer relationships," stated Giacomini. "Moreover, FTNON provides entry into the fast-growing market for ready-to-eat fresh produce and offers labor-saving robotic technology we plan to apply across the protein and liquid food segments of the food industry."

For full-year 2018, JBT maintains projected diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $2.80 - $3.00, or $3.95 - $4.15 adjusted for restructuring charges, while absorbing the $0.07 per share dilutive impact from the acquisition of FTNON. For the third quarter of 2018, the Company expects similar results to the second quarter, absent the discrete tax benefit.