In a Feb. 18 research note, Pavel Molchanov, a Raymond James analyst, purported that Advanced Energy Industries Inc.'s (AEIS:NASDAQ; AEIS:BSX) acquisition of Artesyn "greatly diversified the revenue mix," and the power solutions company is "on course for a 2020 free cash flow yield of 5%."
Molchanov added that "above and beyond the earnings accretion and the strategic benefit of diversification, creating a top line picture that is less choppy from quarter to quarter is particularly valuable."
Accordingly, Raymond James increased its target price on Advanced Energy to $85 per share from $78. In comparison, the stock is trading now at around $62.79 per share.
The analyst reviewed the energy firm's financial numbers of Q4/19, the first full quarter that includes the Artesyn acquisition, Advanced Energy's largest. Earnings per share (EPS) was $0.87, above the high end of the corporation's $0.56–0.80 guidance. It also exceeded Raymond James' $0.78 estimate and consensus' forecast of $0.69.
Revenue of $338 million, up 119% year over year and 93% quarter over quarter (QOQ), followed the same trend. It, too, surpassed guidance of $295–325 million. "While the vast majority of the revenue growth came from Artesyn, the legacy business also showed strength, exemplified by semi cap's 30% QOQ jump, nicely accelerating from Q3/19's 6% rebound," Molchanov commented.
With cost synergies from the Artesyn acquisition starting to come into play, Advanced Energy's Q4/19 sales, general and administrative expense and research and development expense were less than expected.
Molchanov noted that a "semi cap uplift is boosting Q1/20 guidance as well, despite the coronavirus uncertainty." The company's projected range for Q1/20 EPS is $0.40–1.00. This is broader than usual due to the coronavirus "disproportionately affecting the legacy Artesyn products"; there is an Artesyn facility in China.
Thus, Raymond James increased its Q1/20 EPS estimate to $0.79 from $0.70 and now forecasts the full-year 2020 EPS at 56%. The financial services firm expects EPS "growth of 68% in topline, reflecting the addition of Artesyn for a full 12 months as well as continuation of recovery in semi cap and resumption of growth in industrial," Molchanov explained.
As for free cash flow, Raymond James projects the $49 million in 2019 to triple to $156 million this year and increase even further in 2021 to $178 million. As such, cash flow yields would be 5% in 2020 and 6% in 2021.
Raymond James has an Outperform rating on Advanced Energy Industries.[NLINSERT]
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