Earnings Analysis Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (NYSE:SWK)

Earnings Analysis Stanley Black & Decker Inc. (NYSE:SWK)Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK) recently reported its preliminary financial results based on which we provide a unique peer-based analysis of the company. Our analysis is based on the company’s performance over the last twelve months (unless stated otherwise). For a more detailed analysis of this company (and over 40,000 other global equities) please visit www.capitalcube.com.

Stanley Black & Decker Inc.’s analysis versus peers uses the following peer-set: Makita Corporation (NASDAQ:MKTAY), Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE:SNA), Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LECO), Kennametal Inc. (NYSE:KMT), Husqvarna AB (STO:HUSQ-B), The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC) and HIWIN TECH CORP TWD10 (TPE:2049). The table below shows the preliminary results along with the recent trend for revenues, net income and returns.

Quarterly (USD million) 2012-09-30 2012-06-30 2012-03-31 2011-12-31 2011-09-30
Revenues 2,786.7 2,814.2 2,652.9 2,736.1 2,636.4
Revenue Growth % (1.0) 6.1 (3.0) 3.8 0.5
Net Income 115.2 154.8 121.8 163.8 154.6
Net Income Growth % (25.6) 27.1 (25.6) 6.0 (21.6)
Net Margin % 4.1 5.5 4.6 6.0 5.9
ROE % (Annualized) 6.6 8.8 6.9 9.3 8.5
ROA % (Annualized) 2.8 3.8 3.0 4.0 3.8

Valuation Drivers

Stanley Black & Decker Inc.’s current Price/Book of 1.7 is about median in its peer group. The market expects SWK-US to grow faster than the median of its chosen peers (PE of 21.6 compared to peer median of 15.1) and to improve its current ROE of 7.8% which is below its peer median of 18.4%. Thus, the market seems to expect a turnaround in SWK-US’s current performance.

The company does not seem to have a viable operating strategy as is evident from low net profit margins (currently 5.1% vs. peer median of 9.1%) and poor asset turns (currently 0.7x compared to peer median of 0.9x). We classify this operating model as problematic relative to its peers. SWK-US’s net margin is similar to its five-year average net margin of 5.5%.

Economic Moat

The company enjoys both better than peer median annual revenue growth of 23.4% and better than peer median earnings growth performance 248.1%. SWK-US currently converts every 1% of change in annual revenue into 10.6% of change in annual reported earnings. We view this company as a leader among its peers.

SWK-US’s return on assets is less than its peer median currently (3.3% vs. peer median 9.5%). It has also had less than peer median returns on assets over the past five years (4.7% vs. peer median 7.8%). This performance suggests that the company has persistent operating challenges relative to peers.

The company’s gross margin of 39.9% is around peer median suggesting that SWK-US’s operations do not benefit from any differentiating pricing advantage. In addition, SWK-US’s pre-tax margin is less than the peer median (6.3% compared to 13.2%) suggesting relatively high operating costs.

Growth & Investment Strategy

SWK-US has grown its revenues faster than its peers (32.8% vs. 5.7% respectively for the past three years). The market also sees relatively higher long-term growth prospects for the company, giving it a better than peer median PE ratio of 21.6. Overall, we classify the company’s growth prospects as superior relative to its peers.

SWK-US’s annualized rate of change in capital of 46.4% over the past three years is greater than the peer median of 9.4%. This relatively high investment has generated a less than peer median return on capital of 5.4% averaged over the same three years. The relatively high investment and low current returns lead us to believe that the company is betting heavily on the future.

Earnings Quality

SWK-US reported relatively weak net income margins for the last twelve months (5.1% vs. peer median of 9.1%). This weak margin performance and relatively conservative accrual policy (3.7% vs. peer median of 0.1%) suggest the company might likely be understating its net income, possibly to the extent that there might even be some sandbagging of the reported net income numbers.
SWK-US’s accruals over the last twelve months are positive suggesting a buildup of reserves. In addition, the level of accrual is greater than the peer median — which suggests a relatively strong buildup in reserves compared to its peers.

Trend Charts

Graph of Revenues Trend for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK)
Graph of Revenues Trend for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK)
Graph of Net Margin Trend for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK)
Graph of Net Margin Trend for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK)
Graph of Accruals Trend (% revenues, Quarterly) for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK)
Graph of Accruals Trend (% revenues, Annual or TTM) for Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK)

Company Profile

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. provides power, hand tools and mechanical access solutions such as automatic doors, commercial and residential locking systems, electronic security and monitoring systems. It also manufactures and markets industrial tools and security solutions. The company operates through three segments: Construction & Do-It-Yourself, Security and Industrial. The Construction & Do-It-Yourself segment comprises of the professional power tool and accessories business, the consumer power tool business, which includes outdoor products, plumbing (Pfister) and the hand tools, fasteners & storage business. The professional power tool and accessories business sells professional grade corded and cordless electric power tools and equipment including drills, impact wrenches and drivers, grinders, saws, routers and sanders. The consumer power tool business sells corded and cordless power tools sold under the Black & Decker brand, lawn and garden products and home products. Lawn and garden products include hedge trimmers, string trimmers, lawn mowers, edgers, and related accessories. Home products include hand held vacuums, paint tools and cleaning appliances. The hand tools, fasteners & storage business sells measuring and leveling tools, planes, hammers, demolition tools, knives, saws and chisels. Fastening products include pneumatic tools and fasteners including nail guns, nails, staplers and staples. Storage products include tool boxes, sawhorses and storage units. The security segment comprises of the electronic security solutions and the mechanical access solutions businesses. The electronic security solutions business designs, supplies and installs electronic security systems and provides electronic security services, including alarm monitoring, video surveillance, fire alarm monitoring, systems integration and system maintenance. The mechanical access solutions business sells and installs automatic doors, residential and commercial hardware, locking mechanisms, electronic keyless entry systems, keying systems, tubular and mortise door locksets. The Industrial segment comprises of industrial and automotive repair tools, engineered fastening and infrastructure businesses. The industrial and automotive repair business sells hand tools, power tools, and engineered storage solution products. The engineered fastening business primarily sells engineered fasteners designed for specific applications. Stanley Black & Decker was founded by Frederick T. Stanley in 1843 and is headquartered in New Britain, CT.


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