Parker-Hannifin Corporation PH discussed initiatives to grow organically, transforming the business, the Win Strategy 3.0, capital allocation policy and targets for fiscal 2023 (ending June 2023) at the investor meeting held on Mar 12.
It is worth mentioning here that the company’s shares declined 11.7% on Mar 12, while recovery of 7.6% was recorded on Mar 13. The closing price was $140.32 last Friday.
Inside the Headlines
As noted, the company is poised to gain from lower costs (achieved through restructuring actions), streamlined organization structure (with 84 divisions versus 126 previously) and the Win Strategy 3.0 (implemented in fiscal 2019 — ended June 2019).
It is worth noting here that the Win Strategy 3.0 comprises four goals — including engaged people, customer experience, profitable growth and financial performance.
Also, it added that its healthy balance sheet and cash positions helped in making acquisitions. Notably, the CLARCOR acquisition in March 2017 will likely yield revenue synergies of $100 million and cost benefits of $160 million by fiscal 2020 (ending June 2020). Also, Exotic Metals Forming Company, acquired in September 2019, will likely result in cost gains of $13 million by the end of fiscal 2023. The buyout of LORD Corporation in October 2019 will likely generate cost synergies of $125 million by fiscal 2023 end.
Parker-Hannifin also communicated that its adjusted earnings will exclude expenses (intangible asset amortization) related to buyouts beginning fiscal 2021 (ending June 2021).
By fiscal 2023, Parker-Hannifin predicts revenue growth of 150 basis points (bps) greater than Global Industrial Production Index (GIPI). Both adjusted segment operating margin, and adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) are estimated to be 21%. Free cash flow is predicted to be $2.3 billion, while adjusted earnings per share are anticipated to be $16.90.
From fiscal 2019 to 2023, the company anticipates using $16.5 billion capital for dividend payments of $2.5 billion, capital expenditure of $1.5 billion, share buyback of $1 billion and debt reduction of $3.9 billion. Also, it allocated $2.2 billion for acquisitions and other purposes. Notably, $5.4 billion was used for the Exotic and LORD buyouts. Gross debt to EBITDA is expected to reach 2.0x in fiscal 2023 from 2.8x in fiscal 2019.
Zacks Rank, Price Performance and Estimate Trend
With a market capitalization of $18 billion, Parker-Hannifin currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). It is poised to benefit from acquired assets, unique Win Strategy and growth investments. However, forex woes, high debts and realignment expenses might be spoilsports.
In the past three months, the company’s shares have dipped 31.1% versus the industry’s decline of 20.9%.
Also, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its earnings per share is pegged at $10.59 for fiscal 2020 and $11.73 for fiscal 2021, marking declines of 0.9% and 0.7% from the respective 60-day-ago figures. Also, estimates represent a year-over-year decline of 10.6% for fiscal 2020 and growth of 10.9% for 2021.
Parker-Hannifin Corporation Price and Consensus
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Stocks to Consider
Some better-ranked stocks in the industry are Graco Inc. GGG, Tennant Company TNC and Dover Corporation DOV. While both Graco and Tennant currently sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Dover carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
In the past 60 days, earnings estimates for the companies have improved for the current year. Further, positive earnings surprise for the last four quarters, on average, was 0.40% for Graco, 26.60% for Tennant and 5.36% for Dover.
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