AZZ Inc (AZZ) – Improving margins lead management to bump up guidance

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Michael Heim, Senior Vice President, Equity Research Analyst, Energy & Transportation, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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Sales grew as expected as we head into the slower, winter months. Sales in the most recent quarter rose 2.2% year over year with Metal Coatings sales increasing 3.1% and Precoat Metal sales growing 1.6%. Management cited a shift from plastic to aluminum material and tail winds from the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Margins continue to improve with the shift towards Metal Coatings business and operational efficiencies. EBITDA margins grew to 22.6% of sales versus 18.5%. The improvement reflects operational efficiencies and higher growth for the higher margin Metal Coating business.

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