Regal Beloit Corporation RBC has managed to impress investors with its stellar performance backed by the company's organic growth through innovative products, diverse customer base as well strategic investments in emerging markets. Moreover, Regal Beloit is gaining traction from its Commercial and Industrial Systems segment buoyed by strength in commercial HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), and oil & gas and power generation.
In the past six months, the company has gained 6% against the industry 's decline of 4.7%, reflecting investor optimism surrounding the stock. We believe Regal Beloit, which enjoys a strong foothold across markets, has several key catalysts working in its favour. Let's delve deeper and find out more.
Factors at Play
Regal Beloit's long-term growth strategy involves organic growth through broadening customer base and exploitation of new opportunities in emerging markets. Over the years, the company has successfully consolidated its product lines and streamlined product brands to evolve as a dynamic enterprise. Notably, it has been manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Also, Regal Beloit markets its products to a diversified customer base across the world, including OEMs, distributors and end users.
Moreover, of late, the company's Commercial and Industrial Systems segment is witnessing impressive momentum. For instance, in first-quarter 2018, sales at the segment recorded an increase of 8.6% year over year. Additionally, we believe the company's robust operating platform and an efficient management team will help in the execution of its strategic priorities and drive net asset value.
Meanwhile, this Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) company's ability to generate solid free cash is encouraging. This, in turn, lends Regal Beloit an opportunity to pursue accretive acquisitions and unlock additional value. Therefore, the company is on a constant lookout for an M&A activity as part of its overall growth strategy. For 2018, Regal Beloit expects organic growth in low single digits along with healthy demand trends. This apart, it remains confident about generating robust operating cash flow to fund the company's organic and inorganic growth as well as to return significant capital to shareholders going ahead.
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Roper Technologies exceeded estimates in the preceding four quarters, with an average positive earnings surprise of 2.95%.
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