We recently reiterated our recommendation on industrial tool
Stanley Black & Decker Inc.
) at Neutral.
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Stanley Black & Decker failed in igniting much spark from its
first quarter 2013 financial results reported on Apr 25, 2013.
Earnings per share estimates for the company have been revised
downwards since the earnings release and the Zacks Consensus
Estimate in the last 30 days dipped 0.7% to $5.46 for 2013 and
1.3% to $6.31 for 2014.
Future growth prospects for Stanley Black & Decker have been
largely influenced by concerns arising from weak security and
industrial markets in the U.S, difficult operating conditions in
Europe, and headwinds from higher interest and tax rates.
If we leave aside these near-term concerns, Stanley Black &
Decker seems well positioned as a major player in the machine
tools and accessories industry having solid long-term growth
prospects. The company is well equipped to leverage benefits from
the increase in industrial tools demand globally as well as from
the rising exposure to emerging markets.
Also, we see the company's strategic initiatives place it well
for growth. Acquisitions carried out in the past have proved to
be very advantageous. Among the many purchases made so far,
mention may be made of Black & Decker and Niscayah in 2011
and Infastech in Feb 2013. Besides acquisitions, divestment of
non-core assets has helped Stanley Black & Decker utilize the
free resources in a meaningful way. Divestment of Hardware &
Home Improvement Group (HHI) in Dec 2012 fetched the company $1.3
billion in after-tax proceeds, which the company intends to
utilize for share buybacks, dividend payments or acquisitions.
Considering all these, we prefer remaining on the sidelines for
Stanley Black & Decker currently.
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