Historic Up Move for Forterra Inc (NASDAQ:FRTA)

Forterra Inc (NASDAQ:FRTA)

Shares of Forterra Inc (NASDAQ:FRTA) are up over 35% and having one of their best days in the company’s history as it beat EBITDA expectations. FRTA stock is trading north of $6.00 after the company released their Q3 earnings report. This huge up move comes less than 60 days after the company established a 52-week low of $3.02 in early September.

Forterra Inc (NASDAQ:FRTA)

Forterra Q3 Results

Forterra Inc (NASDAQ:FRTA), based in Irving, TX, reported a net loss for the quarter of (-$11.5) million, or (-$0.18) per share. According to analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research, the consensus Q3 2017 EPS figure was $0.06. During the same period last year, Forterra reported net income of $8.4 million, or $0.19 per share. The loss was attributed to the sale, for $31.6 million. Of the company’s pressure pipe business. The release also noted the negative effects of the two hurricanes that impacted operations. As of September 30, 2017, Forterra had cash of $41.1 million and outstanding debt on its senior term loan of $1.2 billion.

Two bright spots helped launch the shares higher this morning. The first was the net sales figure that increased to $444.3 million, compared to $441.1 million in the prior year quarter. Another factor was the company’s adjusted EBITDA figure. It surprised the street by coming in at $60.9 million.

Forterra Inc (NASDAQ:FRTA) CEO Jeff Bradley commented, “Our results this quarter demonstrate our ability to successfully execute on multiple objectives on a sequential quarter basis, including higher selling prices, lower costs, and improved earnings. Additionally, in spite of the impact of two major hurricanes, Adjusted EBITDA was above the mid-point of our guidance range.  My expectation for continued improvement in our earnings is supported by ongoing initiatives, a solid backlog and favorable market conditions.”

FRTA Stock Performance

Forterra Inc (NASDAQ:FRTA) shareholders have had a bad year. Year-to-date the stock is down over 75%. However the stock is well of its 52-week low of $3.02 that was seen in early September. The recent price gain will erase any monthly or quarterly losses and fill the gap created in mid-August when FRTA stock cratered from $8 and gapped down to open close to the $6 handle.

Eight firms follow Forterra Inc (NASDAQ:FRTA). Five rate FRTA stock as a “Hold”. While three rate the shares as a “Strong Buy”.

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About the author: James Marion is a University of Houston student studying Business with a concentration in Finance. James has interned with several investment professionals and hopes to pursue a career as a professional stock analyst after graduation.

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