Back on February 3rd, I highlighted
TPX as a
momentum stock due to its strong earnings momentum, fundamental growth,
strength and new line of moderately priced beds that should appeal to a
segment of consumers.
Since that time the stock has risen
over 9% and is still
gaining interest from analysts; recently receiving a Buy rating and
target of $85 by Oppenheimer Analysts. After a 60
percent rise off of its lows in
December, the question is whether Tempur-Pedic still has upside from
here or if
it’s due for a nap?
Tempur-Pedic manufactures, markets and sells high-end beds
made from a material that was originally manufactured to cushion NASA
on their flights into space.
They operate in about 80 countries
and continue to expand,
with their emphasis being here in the US.
In my February 3rd momentum update, I
recent release of TPX’s ‘Tempur-Simplicity’ line, a lower cost line
doubles the size of their addressable market.
Since then the company held its 2012
presentation on February 22nd, at which time executives offered
and analysts quite a bit of information.
I wanted to offer some of the details and highlights on what I was able
to glean from the report.
The global mattress market is a 20
billion dollar a year
industry and growing, with 6 billion in premium
sales. The US represents roughly 6 billion of the
total sales (both regular and premium) alone.
Non-spring mattresses (Tempur type) represent about 30% of that total
and are increasing. In fact, non-spring
mattresses have been driving a large part of the growth in the past 3
Tempur is looking to capture that business.
In the US, Tempur-Pedic beds
represent only 3% of the total
marketplace, which means that 97% of the total market share goes to its
competitors, but also implies that TPX has a large amount of business
it can capture.
Tempur’s main focus is the US, but
they are looking to
expand their international segment over the next several years in
growing presence and sales here in North America. The CEO
offered some very optimistic
projections for growth over the next couple years. He based
much of the projections on what he
has delivered over the past 3 years since their last Investor’s Day and
is experiencing in the market right now.
Back in 2009 the company projected
sales of $2 billion with
operating margin to be at 25% by 2014.
In 2011 they were well ahead of those targets, earning $1.4 billion and
already seeing operating margins at more than 24%. During
this last call he upped the ante for
TPX, now projecting sales of $3 billion and $8.00 in EPS by
that puts the stock just over $150.00…
To get to those numbers, Tempur is
rolling out the Simplicity
line, which will fill a void in the mid-range mattress market that is
widely un-developed. The line will offer three different
Tempur mattresses all at a price of $1499 (price per queen set).
Executives have great confidence in
the new line and its acceptance
by the consumer after extensive testing over the past 15 months where
mattress buyers tested over 14,000 prototypes before they released the
product. What’s more is that consumers who were tested favored the Tempur line is all four unique tests over
competitors. Having this objective data
before a major launch should help solidify and justify projections.
One factor that stood out to me was
the emphasis placed on
brand recognition and strength. As I cited in my
previous article and in the
subsequent video, TPX is like Apple in that they have a clear
and are adored by their customers. That
is how they can say they are the ‘most recommended mattress in the US.’
TPX stock has had quite a run here. For the longer-term
investor, I wouldn’t have
too much of an issue getting long based on the predictions of the
the company and the trends within the sector.
For the shorter term, more active
traders and investors, you
might see a pullback in the next couple weeks being that the stock has
basically been straight up over the past 2 months, even exceeding the
500 by more than 15%. Valuations are
fair given the growth potential, but slightly elevated. I
would look for a pullback into the $71-$74
area, then look to acquire the shares.
Of course, I don’t have a crystal ball and anything could happen,
especially in this market climate. READ
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A Levy is the
Momentum Stock Strategist for Zacks.com. He is also the Editor in
charge of the
Whisper Trader Service.