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Longleaf Partners Comments on CNH Industrial

- By Holly LaFon

CNH Industrial (CNHI) (+11%; +0.61%), the maker of agricultural equipment, commercial vehicles and construction equipment, was another contributor in the quarter. The company once again reported higher pricing in the core agricultural equipment segment at a time of down units. We applaud CEO Rich Tobin for good cost controls, as margins came in better than we expected. There are early signs that the agricultural market is stabilizing after years of decline. When demand for equipment turns, the company's strong incremental margins will be working in our favor. We believe that management and the board are open to further rationalizing the company's assets, as our vested partners, large owner John Elkann and Chairman Sergio Marchionne, have done at other investments in the past.

From Longleaf Partners Fund first quarter 2017 commentary.

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