On Nov 29, 2016, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Actuant Corporation (ATU - Free Report) to a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) from a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Going by the Zacks model, companies holding a Zacks Rank #3 have chances of performing in line with the broader market.
Actuant aims to enhance its profitability by undertaking tight cost-management initiatives. The company’s unique business model primarily emphasizes on lucrative innovation and growth projects. Also, the company’s ongoing restructuring actions and accelerating lean production efforts are estimated to be conducive to growth in the near term.
Moreover, Actuant is trying to reinforce its business via strategic acquisitions. For instance, the FourQuest Energy buyout, completed in Mar 2016, has been driving the company’s energy business revenues. Notably, the company undertakes strategic capital deployment programs, supported by its healthy free cash flow generation.
However, the benefits generated by the above mentioned positive aspects might be partially offset by certain headwinds. For instance, weak prices of energy resources, like oil, are currently affecting the revenues generated by Actuant. The company projects to experience a core sales fall of roughly 14–16% in first-quarter fiscal 2017.
In addition, each business segment of Actuant faces tough competition. Extensive business rivalry increases the bargaining power of customers and thus, exposes it to risks of market share loss. Moreover, the appreciating U.S. currency is raising the competitive power of the smaller companies operating in low-cost nations, thereby increasing revenue and margin loss risks for Actuant.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the stock has remained unchanged for fiscal 2017 and 2018, in the last 60 days.
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