Friday, April 11, 2014

Warning: Don't Buy Titan Machinery Guidance

Warning: Don't Buy Titan Machinery Guidance


Titan Machinery's guidance yesterday was laughable. Yesterday Titan Machinery shares went flying higher after the company announced they missed revenue guidance for the Q4 FY2014 quarter by 10%. It was just 8 weeks ago in December 2013 when the company lowered their 4th quarter guidance with only 8 weeks before the quarter ended and they still missed by a wide margin.  

 Titan has proven time and time again that their visibility is weak when they've given guidance in the past looking only 8 weeks out. Making a Bold Prediction 52 weeks out that they will generate $60million to $80 million is reckless. (Note the company will have 8 less locations in FY 2015 to accomplish this)

The guidance on sales and EPS for Fiscal year 2015 both have tight ranges, but the operational cash flow range is $20 million!!!! (that's $130 million improvement vs. FY2014 for a comapny that just reported negative operational cash flow 5 consecutive years.)That's Hype! 

* Excluding non-cash items, totaling $7.8 million (or $0.37 per share), adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders for fiscal 2014 was $0.41 per diluted share.
Last April 2013 the company made the following guidance:
Income forecast of $2 to $2.30 per share. It reiterated its revenue forecast of $2.35 billion to $2.55 billion.
The Next month, May 2013 guidance was changed: 
 The company now anticipates earning $1.70 to $2 per share, down from its prior forecast of $2 to $2.30 per share. It reiterated its revenue forecast of $2.35 billion to $2.55 billion. "  
The Next Month, June 2013, guidance:
  For the full year ending January 31, 2014, the Company anticipates revenue in the range of $2.35 billion to $2.55 billion, net income attributable to common stockholders in the range of $36.4 million to $42.8 million, and earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.70 to $2.00
For the full year ending January 31, 2014, the Company now expects revenue to be in the range of $2.25 billion to $2.45 billion compared to the previous range of $2.35 billion to $2.55 billion. The Company expects net income attributable to common stockholders to be in the range of $25.4 million to $31.8 million, and earnings per diluted share to be in the range of $1.20 to $1.50 based on estimated weighted average diluted common shares outstanding of 21.2 million, primarily reflecting the lower expected equipment margins. This compares to previous net income attributable to common stockholders guidance in the range of $36.4 million to $42.8 million, and earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.70 to $2.00 based on estimated weighted average diluted common shares outstanding of 21.4 million. 

December 2013 the following guidance
The Company is adjusting its annual guidance based on increased visibility of market conditions. For the full year ending January 31, 2014, the Company now expects revenue to be in the range of $2.15 billion to $2.35 billion compared to the previous range of $2.25 billion to $2.45 billion. The Company expects net income attributable to common stockholders to be in the range of $11.6 million to $15.8 million, and earnings per diluted share to be in the range of $0.55 to $0.75 based on estimated weighted average diluted common shares outstanding of 21.1 million, primarily reflecting the lower expected equipment sales and margins. This compares to previous net income attributable to common stockholders guidance in the range of $25.4 million to $31.8 million, and earnings per diluted share in the range of $1.20 to $1.50 based on estimated weighted average diluted common shares outstanding of 21.2 million.
The Actual Results for FY2014 that the above guidance refered to 

 In June 2012: After giving a $2.55-$2.75 range guidance company reported $2.00 EPS for year ending January 31,2013. Instead of earning $53.8million to $58  million for year the company only reported $42million. But Management's Mission was accomplished by getting stock up to $30 so they could sell shares @ $30.
The underwriter Cherry Tree (owned by director Tony Christianson, the brother of CEO, was compensated for the $150 million indenture offering in April of 2012. In June 2012 TITAN gave the following guidance in a press release:   

 7/13/2011

On June 9,2011 Chairman David Meyer appeared on Jim Cramer's MAD MONEY  and touted TITAN MACHINERY's future. 30 days later DAVID MEYER SOLD 300,000 shares @ $27.80 and received proceeds of $8,340.00.00 and CEO Peter Christianson sold 200,000 shares $27.80 for proceeds of $5.56 million.
On June 9,2011 Chairman David Meyer appeared on Jim Cramer's MAD MONEY  and touted TITAN MACHINERY's future. 30 days later DAVID MEYER SOLD 300,000 shares @ $27.80 and received proceeds of $8,340.00.00 and CEO Peter Christianson sold 200,000 shares $27.80 for proceeds of $5.56 million.
  INSIDER SELLING:On June 9,2011 Chairman David Meyer appeared on Jim Cramer's MAD MONEY  and touted TITAN MACHINERY's future. 30 days later DAVID MEYER SOLD 300,000 shares @ $27.80 and received proceeds of $8,340.00.00 and CEO Peter Christianson sold 200,000 shares $27.80 for proceeds of $5.56 million. 

TITAN Guides Operational Cash Flow of $60 million to $80 million for Fiscal Year 2015 is HYPE
How do Experts at generating negative cash flow, all of a sudden make such a statement? 
Titan Machinery yesterday announced Negative Operational Cash Flow for the 5th consecutive year. Over the past 5 years the company has generated a total of $431,000,000 in NEGATIVE Operational Cash Flow.  When the company announced yesterday that they were guiding for FISCAL Year 2015 Operational Cash Flow of Positive $60 million to $80 million, $3 to $4.00 per share in OPS, I couldn't believe they said it!!! 

September 2013 they made the following Guidance: 

Fiscal 2014 Full Year Results 
For the full year ended January 31, 2014, revenue increased 1.3% to $2.23 billion from $2.20 billion last year. Gross profit margin for fiscal 2014 was 15.6%, compared to 15.4% last year. Pre-tax income for the fiscal 2014 was $18.4 million. Excluding the aforementioned non-cash impairment charge of $10.0 million, adjusted pre-tax income was $28.4 million, for a pre-tax margin of 1.3%. This compares to pre-tax income of $70.7 million, or a pre-tax margin of 3.2%, last year. GAAP net income attributable to common stockholders for fiscal 2014 was $8.7 million, or $0.41 per diluted share. Adjusted net income attributable to common stockholders for fiscal 2014 was $16.5 million, or $0.78 per diluted share. This compares to $42.0 million, or $2.00 per diluted share, last year. 


"Net income attributable to common stockholders is expected to be in the range of $53.8 million to $58.0 million, resulting in earnings per diluted share range of $2.55 to $2.75". In July 2012 director Tony Christianson and director Irwin James both sold shares of TITAN (TITN) in the market place above $30 per share. 

 7/13/2011

On June 9,2011 Chairman David Meyer appeared on Jim Cramer's MAD MONEY  and touted TITAN MACHINERY's future. 30 days later DAVID MEYER SOLD 300,000 shares @ $27.80 and received proceeds of $8,340.00.00 and CEO Peter Christianson sold 200,000 shares $27.80 for proceeds of $5.56 million. 

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