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Aug 7, 2022
Our Reports on Stocks in the Industrial Leaders Industry
Our reports on stocks in the Industrial Leaders industry can be found in this article. Reports include: MMM, DHR, GE, HON, BA, GD, LMT, NOC, RTX, WM, RSG, CAT, DE, CNI, CSX, UNP, FDX, UPS, FAST, APH, GLW, TEL, ETN, ITW, EMR, ROP, PH.
Jul 27, 2022
Lockheed Martin Facing Near Term Headwinds; Longer Term Outlook Remains Bright
Image Source: Lockheed Martin Corporation – Second Quarter of Fiscal 2022 IR Earnings Presentation. Lockheed Martin Corp reported earnings for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 (period ended June 26, 2022) that missed consensus top- and bottom-line estimates, largely due to delays in securing another domestic F-35 contract and supply chain hurdles. In our view, these are near term headwinds that are resolvable. Reportedly, Lockheed Martin is nearing a deal worth ~$30 billion with the US Department of Defense (‘DoD’) covering orders for around 375 F-35 aircraft. As it concerns supply chain hurdles, the resumption of normal economic activities (as the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is put behind the world economy) should steadily allow industrial supplies and global logistics networks to catch up. These headwinds forced Lockheed Martin to reduce its guidance for fiscal 2022 in conjunction with its latest earnings update, specifically as it concerns its revenue and diluted EPS forecasts, though the defense contractor maintained its free cash flow and ‘segment operating profit’ guidance. We continue to like Lockheed Martin in the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio. The geopolitical backdrop (with an eye towards the Ukraine-Russia crisis, rising tensions between the US and China, and Western concerns with Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs) is conducive for increased national defense spending in the U.S. and Western aligned nations across the globe. Lockheed Martin is well-positioned to meet those needs. Shares of LMT yield ~2.8% as of this writing.
Jul 11, 2022
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We continue to be huge believers in the concept of enterprise valuation, which emphasizes the key cash-based sources of intrinsic value--net cash on the balance sheet and strong and growing future expected free cash flows. Meta Platforms, Inc. and Alphabet Inc. remain two of the most underpriced ideas on the market today, and we remain huge fans of their tremendous long-term investment prospects.
Jul 8, 2022
Industrial Bellwethers A Mixed Bag: GE, BA, CAT, DE, UNP
Image Source: Caterpillar Inc – May 2022 Caterpillar Investor Day Presentation. In this article, we cover the industrial landscape by digging into the recent financial and operational performance of General Electric Company, Boeing Co, Caterpillar Inc, Deere & Company, and Union Pacific Corporation. Common themes include robust demand for their offerings, healthy order backlogs, and meaningful pricing power, though headwinds include substantial inflationary pressures, supply chain hurdles, and in certain instances, geopolitical tensions. General Electric will soon separate into three different publicly traded companies, and on a consolidated basis the firm is doing much better than years past. In 2022 and on a non-GAAP basis, General Electric is guiding for a 150+ basis point expansion in its adjusted organic operating margin and high-single-digit organic revenue growth, along with $2.80-$3.50 in adjusted EPS and $5.5-$6.5 billion in free cash flow (as defined by the company). Boeing’s financials continue to be in bad shape, and its operations continue to be plagued by missteps. The aerospace giant exited March 2022 with a massive net debt load of ~$45.5 billion (inclusive of short-term debt) after generating negative free cash flows in each year from 2019-2021. The company also generated negative free cash flows during the first quarter of 2022. Large working capital builds due to its inability to deliver certain aircraft, a product of its lackluster operational execution and regulatory intervention, is largely why Boeing has had difficulties generating positive free cash flows in recent years. Caterpillar’s first-quarter 2022 results were plagued by margin issues. In the period, the earth moving equipment maker’s GAAP revenues grew 14% year-over-year, but its manufacturing segment only posted a 3% year-over-year increase in operating income as higher costs weighed negatively on its profitability, offsetting pricing increases and increasing economies of scale. Caterpillar’s GAAP operating margin fell by ~140 basis points year-over-year in the first quarter, declining to 13.9%. During the first half of fiscal 2022, Deere’s GAAP revenues grew by 8% though its GAAP operating profit declined by 4% year-over-year, but the company’s performance in the fiscal second quarter indicates recent pricing actions have started to have a positive impact on its bottom-line performance. Deere raised its full-year earnings guidance in conjunction with its fiscal second quarter earnings update and now expects it will post $7.0-$7.4 billion in earnings this fiscal year. Union Pacific noted that its business volumes are measured by total revenue carloads increased by 4% year-over-year in the first quarter with strong growth seen at its agricultural and industrial freight volumes. The railroad company’s ‘operating income’ rose 19% year-over-year as its business continued to benefit from ongoing optimization efforts in the first quarter of 2022. The railroad operator remains very shareholder friendly and intends to payout roughly 45% of its earnings to investors as dividends.
Jul 4, 2022
Nelson: I Have Been Wrong About the Prospect of Near-Term Inflationary-Driven Earnings Tailwinds
"Though I have been clearly wrong on my near-term thesis for inflation-driven earnings expansion, we still did great sorting through investment idea considerations. Through late June, for example, the simulated Best Ideas Newsletter portfolio has generated 4-5 percentage points of alpha relative to the S&P 500, as measured by the SPY. The simulated Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio is down only modestly this year, also performing better than traditional benchmarks. The simulated High Yield Dividend Newsletter is generating “alpha” against comparable benchmarks, and the Exclusive publication continues to deliver, with both capital appreciation ideas and short idea considerations generating fantastic success rates. ESG and options-idea generation have also been great. With all this being said, in the long run, I believe nominal earnings will expand rapidly from 2021 levels, which is why I remain bullish on stocks. I believe markets tend to overestimate earnings in the near term and underestimate them in the long run. The intelligent investor knows, too, that the most money is made during recessions and bear markets, where steady reinvestment and dollar cost averaging help to better position portfolios for higher returns over the longer run. The newsletter portfolios are well-positioned for continued “outperformance,” in our view, and while we may make a few tweaks to them, we’re not making any material changes at this time."
May 24, 2022
Dividend Growth Idea Honeywell Capitalizing on Recovering Aerospace Industry
Image Shown: Dividend growth idea Honeywell International Inc increased its full-year guidance for 2022 during its first quarter earnings update. We continue to be big fans of the name as the aerospace industry steadily rebounds. Image Source: Honeywell International Inc – First Quarter of 2022 IR Earnings Presentation. On April 29, Honeywell International reported first quarter 2022 earnings that beat both consensus top- and bottom-line estimates as its business continues to rebound from the worst of the coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) pandemic. Due to its strong performance, management raised the company’s full-year sales and earnings guidance for 2022 in conjunction with its latest earnings update. We continue to like Honeywell as an idea in the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio to gain exposure to the recovering aerospace industry and exposure to the nascent quantum computing industry. Shares of HON yield ~2.1% as of this writing.
Apr 26, 2022
Dividend Growth Idea Lockheed Martin Doing Its Best to Arm Western Allies
Image Shown: Dividend growth idea Lockheed Martin Corporation is very shareholder friendly. The defense contractor is doing its best to arm Ukraine and other Western allies during these difficult times. Image Source: Lockheed Martin Corporation – First Quarter of Fiscal 2022 IR Earnings Presentation. The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and simmering geopolitical tensions in East Asia between Western aligned nations and China over Taiwan and other issues have created a backdrop that is conducive to significant increases in national defense spending. Though we hope peace prevails soon, the realities on the ground in Ukraine and elsewhere call for North Atlantic Treaty Organization (‘NATO’) member nations and other Western aligned nations to ramp up their military budgets to deter future threats and to prepare for worst case scenarios.
Feb 1, 2022
Exxon Breaks Out! Oil Prices Might Rip Higher Still!
Image: A pretty technical breakout at Exxon Mobil. Valuentum's Callum Turcan: "The tight supply-demand dynamics for oil & natural gas combined with rising geopolitical tensions (West-Russia over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine, reports of potential terror attacks on Northern Iraqi/Kurdish oil infrastructure, West-Iran over Iran's nuclear program and nuclear deal talks reportedly breaking down, civil tensions in Kazakhstan, perennial problems facing Libya and Nigeria's security situation) indicate there is likely room for oil prices to rip higher still."
Feb 1, 2022
Structural Changes in the Airline and Aerospace Business
Image Source: Valuentum. The future profile for air travel demand will be negatively impacted in the long run (relative to pre-COVID-19 expectations) as increased leisure travel from the wealth effect may not completely offset reduced business travel growth impaired by digital solutions permanently disrupting the way companies conduct business. As with Warren Buffett, who recently wrote down the value of metal casting jet-engine supplier Precision Castparts (one of the best aerospace suppliers in the business), we believe intrinsic values of others in the aerospace supply chain have been permanently reduced as well. We’re staying away from airlines and aerospace with the exception of Honeywell, which offers diversified industrial exposure and a “call option” on a gradual aerospace recovery to a “new normal.” Honeywell is included in the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio and showed that it can thrive in a business environment where aerospace demand may not live up to pre-COVID-19 long-term expectations. Honeywell yields ~1.9% at the time of this writing.
Jan 26, 2022
Lockheed Martin On the Road to Recovery, Improved Free Cash Flow Visibility
Image: Heath Cajandig. Lockheed Martin is a great play on rising geopolitical uncertainty, and after a “big bath” of a third quarter, the company’s most recently reported fourth-quarter 2021 results, released January 25, offered investors much better greater clarity on free cash flow coverage of its dividend while revealing sequential improvement in its backlog. Though its deal with Aerojet Rocketdyne may not pass muster with the FTC, we’re okay with that. Lockheed Martin already has a sizable net debt position, and given the recent disappointment in the third quarter of last year, we’re not against management focusing more on righting the ship from an organic basis than trying to push through business combinations that could jeopardize the regained fundamental momentum. Lockheed Martin remains an idea in the Dividend Growth Newsletter portfolio, yielding ~3% at the moment. The stock could continue to catch favor as geopolitical tensions intensify.
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