Howmet Aerospace Inc. ( HWM Quick Quote HWM - Free Report) currently boasts strong prospects on business strength, solid product portfolio, healthy liquidity position and a sound capital-deployment strategy. The currently Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) player has a market capitalization of $13.3 billion. Let’s delve into the factors that make investment in the company a smart choice at the moment. Business Strength: In the quarters ahead, Howmet is poised to gain from its presence in the diverse end markets, including commercial transportation, general industrial, defense aerospace and commercial aerospace, among others. In the first quarter of 2022, HWM’s revenues from commercial transportation and commercial aerospace grew 10% and 29% year over year, respectively. Strength in the Industrial Gas Turbine end market will likely benefit the company’s Engine Products segment and strong momentum in its commercial transportation end market is anticipated to boost its Fastening Systems and Forged Wheels segments over time. HWM’s second-quarter revenues are projected in the range of $1.35-$1.39 billion. Key Initiatives: Howmet’s solid product portfolio, effective pricing and cost-reduction efforts are worth mentioning. It anticipates earnings (excluding special items) of $1.33-$1.45, with the mid-point at $1.39 for 2022. The midpoint is above $1.01 recorded in 2021. Also, HWM expects second-quarter earnings in the range of 31-33 cents per share. Solid Liquidity Position: Howmet’s healthy cash position is anticipated to be advantageous in the quarters ahead. HWM had an available cash balance of $522 million and a revolving credit facility of $1 billion (set to mature in September 2026), while exiting first-quarter 2022. For 2022, HWM predicts an adjusted free cash flow of $575-$675 million with the midpoint being $625 million. Rewards to Shareholders: HWM remains committed toward rewarding its shareholders through dividend payouts and share-repurchase programs. In the first three months of 2022, Howmet paid out dividends worth $9 million and repurchased shares worth $175 million. Also, 3 million shares were repurchased for $100 million in January 2022. Northbound Estimate Revisions: In the past 60 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2022 earnings has been revised 2.2% upward. Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider
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