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Pentair Sinks 36% in 3 Months: What's Pulling the Stock Down?

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Pentair plc (PNR - Free Report) has been off investors’ radar for quite some time now, owing to material and other cost inflation along with concerns pertaining to the separation of the Electrical business. Given these factors, this Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) stock has lost 36% in the past three months, wider than the industry’s decline of 19.4%.
Will Pentair Remain Troubled?
The company has identified attractive opportunities in specific product and geographic markets, both within and outside the United States. The company is reinforcing its businesses to effectively address these opportunities through research & development as well as additional sales and marketing resources. Unless it is successful in its endeavors, the company’s sales growth is likely to be limited in the near term or may even decline. Further, Pentair continues to witness inflation in material and other costs. The current economic environment is likely to fuel the persisting price volatility for raw materials.
Pentair's separation of the Electrical business will create two industry leading pure play companies in Water and Electrical — Pentair plc and nVent Electric plc ("nVent"), respectively. Although the separation will provide financial, operational, managerial and other benefits to the company as well as its shareholders, risks persist in connection with the separation. Moreover, Pentair will also incur certain costs and expenses relating to the spin-off. Those costs may exceed its estimates or could negate some of the expected benefits.
If the intended benefits are not realized or costs exceed estimates, it would have an adverse effect on the financial condition. Further, each management team's inability to control additional stranded corporate costs or to deliver a smooth transition might affect near-term business performance.
Estimates Southbound
In the last 60 days, seven estimates for fiscal 2018 and six estimates for fiscal 2019 have been revised downward versus no upward estimate revisions. This indicates analysts’ pessimism regarding the stock. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings per share for fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019 has declined 44% and 43% to $2.28 and $2.46, respectively.
For fiscal 2018, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at $2.28, reflecting a year-over-year decline of 35.4%. Revenues are projected at $2.97 billion, a year-over-year dip of 40%.
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