reported a fiscal third-quarter profit that beat expectations but revenue that came up short, while providing an upbeat outlook for margins and earnings. Shares of the landscape maintenance and irrigation management company were still inactive in the premarket. Toro reported net income for the quarter to Aug. 2 that fell to $60.6 million, or 56 cents a share, from $79.0 million, or 73 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share came to 83 cents, above the FactSet consensus of 73 cents. Sales, which includes results from the Charles Machine Works acquisition, rose 27.9% to $838.7 million, but missed the FactSet consensus of $876.3 million. Professional sales grew 40.3% to $676.8 million, below the FactSet consensus of $695.0 million, and residential sales fell 11.0% to $148.2 million to miss expectations of $165.6 million. Toro narrowed its 2019 adjusted EPS guidance range to $2.92 to $3.00 from $2.90 to $3.00, and said the gross margin improvement seen in the second half of the fiscal year is expected to continue in the months ahead, as commodity costs have started to moderate and strategic pricing realization has been achieved. The stock has run up 28.7% year to date, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average
has gained 12.3%.
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