Key Reasons to Hold on to Crane Holdings (CR) Stock for Now
Crane Holdings, Co. CR is benefiting from improving order trends, investment in technology, efforts to develop products and focus on commercial excellence despite inflationary pressures, forex woes and supply-chain disturbances.
Crane Holdings’ Process Flow Technologies segment is being aided by strength across its high-efficiency motors, non-clog pump and municipal wastewater applications product portfolio. Robust commercial aerospace and commercial aftermarket businesses are supporting the Aerospace & Electronics segment’s performance. Growth in transportation and building product revenues is driving the Engineered Materials segment.
Crane Holdings divested Redco Corporation in August 2022, which allows CR to focus more on its core business areas. Also, by removing all asbestos-related liabilities and obligations from CR’s balance sheet, the transaction will increase its annual free cash flow, aiding in long-term value creation for its stakeholders.
CR’s efforts to reward its shareholders through dividend payments and share buybacks are encouraging. In 2022, Crane Holdings paid out dividends worth $105.9 million and repurchased shares of $203.7 million. The board also announced a 9% hike in its quarterly dividend rate in January 2022.
In light of the above-mentioned positives, we believe, investors should retain Crane Holdings’ stock for now, as suggested by its current Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). In the past six months, the stock has rallied 28.9%.
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