Joy Global sees a bright future

Equipment maker Joy Global bumps up guidance as a backlog of orders climbs.

By Jim J. Jubak Sep 7, 2010 8:21PM

Jim JubakInvestors who bid up the price of construction machinery and mining equipment stocks before Joy Global (JOYG) announced earnings on Sept. 1 should be happy with the company's report (For more on the sector, see my post).   


Joy Global announced July-quarter (the fiscal third quarter for the company) earnings per share of $1.13, 10 cents ahead of the Wall Street consensus. Revenue came in a little light at $850 million, versus the analysts' projection of $877 million.


But the big deal was the company's increased guidance for fiscal 2010, which since Joy Global's fiscal year ends in October means a big bump in guidance for the fourth quarter of 2010.  


For the full fiscal year, Joy Global now sees earnings per share of $4.10 to $4.15 a share -- above the $4.01 Wall Street consensus. Revenue, the company projects, will be $3.35 billion to $3.4 billion. Earlier guidance was for $3.3 billion to $3.4 billion. The Wall Street consensus sees $3.41 billion.  


And the results don't look to be a one-quarter flash-in-the-pan. The company reported that order backlog climbed to $1.8 billion at the end of the quarter, up from $1.5 billion on October 30, 2009. (That was the end of the 2009 fiscal year.)

    

"Despite near-term uncertainties, customer actions continue to be based on the long lead time for mine expansion projects," the company said. "Mining capital budgets at the beginning of the year were expected to be up around 25% from 2009. It is now expected that capital spending this year will be up around 30% from 2009, and will be up by approximately another 10% in 2011."


Joy Global is a member of my long-term Jubak Picks 50 Portfolio. With this post, I'm adding it to Jim's Watch list for potential addition to my 12- to 18-month Jubak's Picks portfolio. It closed at around $62 Tuesday.

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