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Joy Global Inc. (JOY): There Is Little Joy in Global

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Current economic conditions are affecting the mining industry.

Economic problems in the Eurozone and the sluggish economic recovery in China has impacted the growth of the global commodity demand. Due to these factors Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOY) has decreased its sales and earnings estimates for the fiscal year 2013. Since second quarter results were announced, the price of its stock has been continuously decreasing.

Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOY)

Joy Global is one of the leading players in the mining industry. It engages in the manufacturing and service of heavy machinery used in the extraction of coal, iron ore, oil, copper and other minerals. The company has two operating segments; underground mining machinery and surface mining equipment. It also deals in aftermarket parts. Aftermarket parts refer to parts manufacture by a company other than the original manufacturer of the equipment.


Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOYreported a second quarter fiscal 2013 net income of $182 million or $1.69 per diluted share, down from $218 million or $2.04 per diluted share in the same period last year. Net sales were $1.4 million compared to $1.5 billion in the second quarter of 2012. Underground mining machinery revenue was down 23.1% while surface mining equipment revenue grew 3% compared to a year ago.

The company generates most of its revenue from coal projects and from manufacturing of equipment used in underground mining. The second quarter bookings decreased 8% to $1.1 billion year over year, but increased 10% sequentially over the first quarter of this year. The strong U.S. dollar had a negative impact on order bookings by $44 million compared to the second quarter of last year.

Profit expected to slip

Due to the persistent economic contraction in the Eurozone and slow recovery in China, Joy Global Inc. (NYSE:JOY) is expecting a decrease in profits. The company expects a revenue in the range of $4.9 million and $5 million for the fiscal 2013, down from the previous estimate of $4.9 to $5.2 billion while downgrading the earnings per share from $5.75 to $6. 35 to be between $5.60 and $5.80.

Joy vs. Peers

Joy’s stock is currently trading at $49.12. It’s low point in the 52-weeks is $48.34 per share and high point is $69.01 per share.

Joy’s stock value depreciated by 25.5% while its peer Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT) and Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) trickled down 11% and 7.5% respectively in the first six months of 2013. The significant depression in Joy’s stock value followed the announcement of unsatisfactory second quarter results due to which investors lost their confidence in it.

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