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Parker-Hannifin (PH) Exhibits Solid Prospects Amid Risks

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Parker-Hannifin Corporation (PH - Free Report) has been benefiting from solid demand for its products and solutions across its end markets. Improvement in the company’s commercial aerospace end market and its unique Win Strategy (version 3.0) have also been proving beneficial. For fiscal 2022 (ending June 2022), the company anticipates organic sales to grow 11% year over year, backed by improving product orders.

The company focuses on strengthening its businesses through the addition of assets. Its deal to acquire Meggitt plc (entered in August 2021) is expected to boost its motion & control technologies offerings in aerospace and defense end markets. Also, in May 2022, it entered into a deal with Kaman Corporation to divest its Aircraft Wheel and Brake Business for $440 million. The divestiture is in sync with its strategy of restructuring its business portfolio and concentrating more on core businesses.

PH remains focused on rewarding shareholders through dividend payments and share buybacks. In the first nine months of fiscal 2022, it used $398.1 million for paying out dividends, reflecting an increase of 16.5% year over year. In April 2022, it hiked its quarterly dividend rate by 29%. Also, in the first nine months of fiscal 2022, it bought back shares worth $330 million.

However, Parker-Hannifin has been dealing with rising costs and expenses over the past few quarters. In third-quarter fiscal 2022 (ended March 2022), the company’s cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses increased 7.9% and 6.6%, respectively, on a year-over-year basis.

Its high-debt profile also poses a concern. Exiting the fiscal third quarter, its long-term debt balance remained high at $6,229.6 million. Considering the company’s high debt profile, its cash and cash equivalents of $467.7 million do not seem impressive.

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In the past three months, this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock has gained 4.5% against the industry’s decline of 1.6%.

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