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Forward Air Posts Strong Revenue in Q3

Forward Air’s third-quarter consolidated revenue increased 18.5%. Excluding the addition of its new temperature-controlled operation, TQI, which was acquired in March, revenue was up 10%. The core airport-to-airport business grew 4% from last year, driven by solid 5.5% tonnage growth, partly offset by a 1% fall in total yield. Forward Air Solutions (the pooled distribution business) posted solid 55% sales growth, reflecting previously announced new … Continue reading Forward Air Posts Strong Revenue in Q3

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Weak Hospital Spending Hurts Varian Medical Systems Q4 Results

Varian Medical Systems reported fairly weak fiscal fourth-quarter results. The company’s performance continues to be affected by tightening U.S. radiology reimbursement for freestanding clinics and the generally weak hospital spending environment. Our narrow moat and positive moat trend ratings remain intact; we continue to believe Varian is well positioned to capitalize on its strong technological platform and produce strong results over the next decade. We’re … Continue reading Weak Hospital Spending Hurts Varian Medical Systems Q4 Results

Winnebago Industries Reports Another Excellent Quarter

Winnebago Industries reported another excellent quarter to close out fiscal 2013. We plan to modestly increase our fair value estimate to reflect more expense leverage and a higher mid-cycle margin than previously modeled. Revenue for the quarter increased 31.8% year over year thanks to a 43.1% rise in motor home deliveries to 1,890 units. For the full fiscal year, deliveries were the highest in five … Continue reading Winnebago Industries Reports Another Excellent Quarter

Precision Castparts Posts Record Sales in Second Quarter

Precision Castparts reported record sales of $2.36 billion in the second quarter of fiscal 2014, a 23% increase including 6% organic. The surprise, once again, was the 170-basis-point increase in operating margins to 27.5%, as the company has quickly brought Titanium Metals’ midteens operating margins closer to Precision’s mid-20s levels, leaving no doubt regarding the execution ability. Solid commercial aerospace build rates, strong spares, the shipment … Continue reading Precision Castparts Posts Record Sales in Second Quarter

ARM Holdings in Line to Meet Full Year Guidance After Solid Q3

ARM Holdings reported strong third-quarter earnings and gave investors a solid, but not spectacular, fourth-quarter outlook that was relatively in line with our expectations. We will maintain our moat rating for ARM but may raise our fair value estimate by about 10%. Nonetheless, we still believe the company’s stock price reflects overly optimistic assumptions about long-term royalty growth, particularly from PCs and servers. ARM’s revenue … Continue reading ARM Holdings in Line to Meet Full Year Guidance After Solid Q3