IDEX Corporation ( IEX Quick Quote IEX - Free Report) currently boasts robust prospects on strength in its businesses, solid product portfolio, acquired assets and a sound capital-deployment strategy. The Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a market capitalization of $14.9 billion. In the past month, it has gained 3.4% compared with the industry’s growth of 1%. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research
Let’s delve into the factors that make investment in the company a smart choice at the moment.
Business Strength: IDEX is poised to benefit from a diversified business structure, solid product portfolio, execution abilities and growth investments in the quarters ahead. Strength in the company’s industrial, semiconductor and life sciences end markets is likely to drive its performance. Also, improvements in automotive, chemical and energy end markets are likely to be beneficial. For 2022, the company anticipates generating organic sales growth of 5-8% on a year-over-year basis. Acquisition Benefits: The company intends to strengthen and expand its businesses through acquisitions. Its acquisition of Nexsight, LLC and its WinCan, Envirosight, MyTana and Pipeline Renewal Technologies businesses (March 2022) is expected to support its position and customer base in the intelligent water technologies market. Also, its buyout of Airtech Group, as well as US Valve Corporation and other entities, added vigor to its Health & Science Technology segment. The company anticipates buyout synergies to boost sales by 4% for the first quarter and 2% for 2022. Rewards to Shareholders: IDEX remains committed to rewarding shareholders through dividend payouts. In 2021, the company paid out dividends worth $161.1 million. Also, in May 2021, it announced a hike of 8% in its quarterly dividend rate. Estimate Revisions: In the past 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its 2022 earnings has moved up from $7.49 to $7.56 on one upward estimate revision against none downward. Further, the consensus estimate for its 2023 earnings has increased from $7.99 to $8.10 on one upward estimate revision versus none downward. Other Stocks to Consider
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