1 de mayo de 2009 / 14:41 / hace 8 años

UPDATE 1-Manitowoc shares up on strong Q1 results

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BANGALORE, May 1 (Reuters) - Shares of Manitowoc Co (MTW.N) rose as much as 25 percent Friday, a day after the diversified manufacturer reported quarterly results above market estimates.

Manitowoc, known for its crawler cranes and boom trucks, also said it would seek an amendment to the financial covenants of its credit facility during the second quarter.

On a conference call with analysts, the company said it has been having informal meetings with multiple members of its bank group, and termed the tone of discussions as "cooperative."

"We are preparing to embark on a formal request in the very near future and we anticipate that a revised and mutually agreeable amendment with the covenant relief would be completed during the second quarter," a company executive said on the call.

In March, Manitowoc withdrew its full-year outlook and said it was heading towards a possible covenant violation this year due to lower-than-expected proceeds from the sale of its Enodis ice business. [ID:nBNG358782]

"We do not envision Manitowoc having difficulty in obtaining the waiver and expect the step up in interest cost will be 150 to 200 basis points," BMO Capital Markets analyst Charles Brady wrote in a note.

The company has about $156 million of cash and investments and nearly $350 million available on bank lines of credit, it said. Its first term loan matures in April 2010.

Manitowoc expects to reduce its debt by at least $450 million this year.

For the full year, it expects to generate significant cash flow from operations, though in the first quarter it was negative $16 million.

Q1 BEATS

On Thursday, Manitowoc posted adjusted quarterly profit of 18 cents a share, beating analysts' average estimate of 10 cents a share. [ID:nWEN8309]

Analyst Brady, who has a "market perform" rating on the stock, said the beat was driven by better-than-expected revenue and margins in the crane segment, partially offset by slightly weaker-than-expected revenue and margins in the foodservice segment.

Crane sales for the quarter fell 24 percent to $672.9 million, and backlog fell for the third consecutive quarter to $1.4 billion.

The company expects full-year crane sales to be worse than the 20 percent decline that it had previously expected.

The company said it has reduced capital spending by $50 million in 2009, down about 40 percent from last year.

Shares of the company were trading up 74 cents at $6.69 Friday afternoon on the New York Stock Exchange. They touched a high of $7.42 earlier in the session. (Reporting by A.Ananthalakshmi in Bangalore; Editing by Anne Pallivathuckal) ((ananthalakshmi.as@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 4135 5800; Reuters Messaging: ananthalakshmi.as.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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