Altra Industrial Motion Corp. AIMC stands to gain from strength across its multiple end markets in the quarters ahead despite supply-chain constraints, raw material cost inflation and foreign-currency headwinds. In second-quarter 2022, AIMC’s sales flourished in the specialty machinery & factory automation, construction, material handling, agriculture, and turf & garden end markets. Solid orders and a healthy backlog level are expected to be beneficial in the near term. Also, near-term growth opportunities in the end-markets like robotics and specialty machinery are solid.
Altra Industrial has been strengthening and expanding its businesses through asset additions for a while. The buyout of Nook Industries in January 2022 strengthened its linear motion control product offerings and expanded its presence in factory automation, medical and defense end markets. Nook acquisition had a positive impact of 2.5% on net sales growth in the second quarter of 2022. AIMC expects to realize around $6 million of annual cost and sales synergies by the fourth year from this buyout.
AIMC’s healthy cash position enables it to reward its shareholders handsomely. During the first six months of 2022, Altra Industrial paid out dividends of $10.5 million to its shareholders. In April 2022, its board of directors approved a 12.5% hike in its quarterly dividend rate. AIMC authorized a share buyback program of up to $300 million in April 2022, to be completed by Dec 31, 2024.
Altra Industrial Motion Corp. Price and Consensus
Considering the above-mentioned positives, we believe, investors should retain the Altra Industrial stock for now, as is suggested by its current Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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