Here's Why You Should Hold On to Graco (GGG) Stock for Now
Graco Inc. GGG stands to gain from its pricing actions, solid backlog level, a strong customer base and product investments despite supply-chain woes, high labor, logistics and raw material costs.
Graco’s Industrial segment is benefiting from robust product categories such as finishing systems and sealant and adhesive equipment. Solid footing across multiple industries like general industry, aviation and solar also bode well for the segment. Sales growth of lubrication equipment, process pumps and semiconductor pumps, and heaters and fittings are benefiting the Process segment. New product launches and channel expansion initiatives are also aiding the segment.
Graco’s policy of investing in product innovation and capacity expansion should fuel its growth. In 2023, the company anticipates capital expenditures of approximately $200 million, with $130 million for facility expansion projects at its Minnesota, South Dakota, Switzerland and Romania facilities. In 2022, GGG invented products like ES 500 Stencil rig, LineLazer ES 500 electric battery-powered airless striper, et al.
GGG’s measures to reward shareholders through dividends and share buybacks are noteworthy. It paid out dividends of $142.1 million in 2022 and repurchased shares worth $233.4 million in the same period. Also, the quarterly dividend rate was hiked by 11.9% in December 2022.
In light of the abovementioned positives, we believe, investors should hold on to Graco stock for now, as suggested by its current Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). In the past six months, the stock has rallied 10.2%.
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