Roper Technologies Inc (NYSE: ROP) stock fell 0.5% on 25th April, 2019 (as of 1:42 pm GMT-4; Source: Google finance). The spot truckload rates in March were well below last year, when load-to-truck ratios and rates were at record levels. Yet freight volumes remained relatively strong. Van and reefer volumes declined just 2.5 percent and 3.4 percent compared to March 2018, and flatbed volume increased 4.8 percent year over year.
Roper had closed on its $544.5 million cash acquisition of Foundry, a London, England-based firm that provides high-end visual effects and 3D design software for media and entertainment, visualization and design-oriented industries. Foundry is expected to generate about $75 million in revenue for Roper during the first 12 months of ownership. Further, in February the company completed the $225 million sale of its scientific imaging businesses to Teledyne Technologies Inc. of Thousand Oaks, California.
ROP in the first quarter of FY 19 has reported the adjusted earnings per share of $3.30, while adjusted revenue growth of 7 percent to $1.29 billion in the first quarter of FY 19. The organic revenue grew by 6%. GAAP and adjusted gross margin were 63.0%, which expanded 60 basis points and 50 basis points, respectively. EBITDA increased 13% to $438 million and EBITDA margin expanded 170 basis points to 34.0%. GAAP operating cash flow was $290 million, which included tax payments associated with the gain on sale from the Scientific Imaging businesses, completed in the quarter. Excluding these tax payments, adjusted operating cash flow increased 17% to $330 million.
For the second quarter of FY 19, Roper said its per-share earnings will range from $3 to $3.04. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $3.10. The company expects full-year 2019 earnings to be in the $12.70 to $13 per share range.
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