Honeywell's Connected Technologies to Boost Growth Prospects

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Through its Honeywell Connected Aircraft Report released yesterday, Honeywell International Inc.HON indicated a high probability of huge investments being made by airlines in the commercial aviation industry on connected technologies in the years ahead. This anticipation is primarily based on the rising need for high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity within the aircraft.

Connected technologies help enhancing passengers' experience by maximising easy flow of data from and to the aircraft as well as on-time arrival and heightened security assurances. It is also beneficial for operators and pilots in terms of landing and navigation, tracking fuel usage of the fleet, providing weather information and many such more facilities.

Maintenance is a common concern for airlines as unfortunate issues can jeopardize take-off and landing timings. It can cost airlines a lot and also adds to flyer-dissatisfaction. These issues can be largely addressed via predictive maintenance, made possible with the applications of connected technologies. In addition, a check on fuel consumption as well as aircraft turnaround time is possible with the aid of connected technologies.

Per the Honeywell Connected Aircraft Report - result of a survey of 106 aviation professionals - nearly 95% of the respondents is ready to pump resources into connected aircraft within five years. Talking of investments, nearly 50% of professionals is ready to spend up to $1 million (preferably $100,000-$500,000) to equip one aircraft with connected technologies by next year. Roughly 38% of respondents is prepared to spend at least $1 million per aircraft in the coming five years.

This survey clearly points toward enhanced business opportunities for Honeywell. The company has been strengthening its connected technology portfolio, offering in excess of 100 products and services related to connected technologies.

Additionally, Honeywell launched a gas metering solution yesterday, namely Honeywell Connected Plant Measurement IQ for Gas. This solution will assist in monitoring midstream gas +metering systems.

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With a market capitalization of nearly $110 billion, Honeywell currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The company's Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $8.02 per share for 2018 earnings, reflecting 0.5% growth from the past 60-day-ago tally while the same for 2019 remained stable at $8.79.

Honeywell International Inc. Price and Consensus

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In the past year, shares of Honeywell have yielded 9.7% return, outperforming 17% fall in the industry it belongs to.

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