Industrial goods manufacturer Ingersoll-Rand Plc (IR - Analyst Report) reached a new 52-week high of $57.43 on Dec 13, following the latest spin-off of its commercial and residential security businesses on Dec 2. Shares of Ingersoll eventually closed at $56.82 on Dec 13. Ingersoll earlier reached a 52-week high of $71.22 on Nov 27.
The company’s long-term estimated earnings per share growth rate is 11.34%. Average volume of shares traded over the last three months came in at approximately 2,938K.
On Dec 2, Ingersoll completed the spin-off of its commercial and residential security businesses into a separate standalone company. Ingersoll will not have any stake in this new company, which has been listed on New York Stock Exchange as Allegion plc (ALLE - Analyst Report). Allegion shares were distributed on Dec 1, 2013, with Ingersoll Rand shareholders receiving one Allegion share for every three Ingersoll Rand shares held at the close of business as of the record date of Nov 22, 2013.
The spin-off is expected to unlock value for the company’s shareholders. The changes made will enable Ingersoll to strengthen its focus on core businesses. The restructuring initiative is aimed at growth, implementation of business operating system and reducing complexity and overhead cost to facilitate long-term growth and improve margin.
Earlier in Oct 18, the company delivered solid third-quarter 2013 results beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate on both revenues and earnings. Adjusted earnings stood at $1.16, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 7.4%. Moreover, both revenues and earnings grew year over year. All the four segments of the company - Climate Solutions, The Industrial Technologies, Residential Solutions and The Security Technologies - reported year-over-year growth in revenues.
Ingersoll has a strong base in major markets including air conditioning systems and services (Trane), transport refrigeration (Thermo King), door hardware (Schlage) and industrial technologies (Club Car). A foothold in these markets together with its solid foundation of global brands has enabled the company to outperform even in this competitive environment. Ingersoll currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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