Parker-Hannifin Corporation 's PH operating arm, Parker Aerospace, recently announced that it has clinched three new deals to supply aircraft parts for leading aviation service providers. These deals are expected to fortify Parker Aerospace's footprint in high-technology markets that it serves. We believe that the gradual recovery of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) focused Industrial businesses will help the company secure similar deals going forward, boosting its top line in the process.
The Deals in Detail
Parker-Hannifin will provide main wheels, brakes and nosewheels for Cessna Denali single engine turboprop aircraft, manufactured by Textron Inc.'s subsidiary, Textron Aviation Inc. TXT . In addition, the company will supply pneumatic equipment, engine build-up unit, and oil and combustion sub-systems to Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine (which will power Airbus A330neo). Also, its fuel atomization nozzle and manifold subsystem, which are already utilized by Rolls-Royce's Trent 1000, will be used for the Trent 7000.
Parker-Hannifin remains confident that its state-of-the-art technology will help Trent 7000 engines to absorb and dampen the effects of engine vibration, boosting service lifecycle and slashing costs. This apart,General Electric Company's GE operating arm, GE Aviation, has selected Parker Aerospace to provide lubrication and scavenge pump for the 1,300-2,000 shaft-horsepower small turboprop engine. Parker Aerospace is joining forces with its Czech-based component supplier, Jihostroj, to produce the pumps.
Bright Long-Term Prospects
Over the past one year, Parker-Hannifin's shares have returned an admirable 44.5%, outperforming the Zacks classified Manufacturing-General Industrial industry's average of 32.3%. Analysts have become increasingly bullish on the company over the past couple of months. Consequently, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2017 earnings has trended up from $7.52 to $7.91 in the last 60 days, thanks to nine upward estimate revisions versus none lower.
The Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company benefits from its extensive distribution network, which sells to the more lucrative MRO markets. Robust distribution sales have helped Parker-Hannifin in expanding its addressable market and reaching out to smaller OEMs. We believe that the company's dominant foothold in the aftermarket business is likely to boost its bottom line significantly in the upcoming quarters.
This apart, Parker-Hannifin remains bullish about its revamped "WIN Strategy", which lays the detailed blueprint for long-term growth. The strategy will help it deliver earnings per share compound annual growth rate of 8% and segment operating margins of 17%, over the next five years. Also, continued end market demand improvement, significant infrastructure investments and the latest Clarcor buyout are expected to act as long-term growth drivers for the premium motion and control technology provider.
Another stock worth considering in the same industry includes Barnes Group, Inc. B . The Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a solid earnings surprise history for the trailing four quarters, having beaten estimates each time, for an average beat of 8.9%. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .
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