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Does The Data Make Howden Joinery Group Plc (LON:HWDN) An Attractive Investment?

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Howden Joinery Group Plc (LON:HWDN) is a stock with outstanding fundamental characteristics. When we build an investment case, we need to look at the stock with a holistic perspective. In the case of HWDN, it is a company with great financial health as well as a a strong history of performance. Below, I've touched on some key aspects you should know on a high level. For those interested in understanding where the figures come from and want to see the analysis, take a look at the report on Howden Joinery Group here.

Flawless balance sheet with proven track record

Over the past few years, HWDN has demonstrated a proven ability to generate robust returns of 36%. Unsurprisingly, HWDN surpassed the Trade Distributors industry return of 14%, which gives us more confidence of the company's capacity to drive earnings going forward. HWDN is financially robust, with ample cash on hand and short-term investments to meet upcoming liabilities. This suggests prudent control over cash and cost by management, which is a crucial insight into the health of the company. Looking at HWDN's capital structure, the company has no debt on its balance sheet. This implies that the company is running its operations purely on off equity funding. which is rather impressive for a UK£3.5b market cap company. Investors’ risk associated with debt is virtually non-existent and the company has plenty of headroom to grow debt in the future, should the need arise.

LSE:HWDN Income Statement, October 12th 2019

Next Steps:

For Howden Joinery Group, there are three important factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HWDN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HWDN’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is HWDN worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether HWDN is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of HWDN? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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