Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Investopedia: Allison Transmission - Great Share, But A Lot Of Debt And Cylicality

There are a lot of things that make Allison Transmission (NYSE:ALSN) an interesting company. A long-time pioneer in fully automatic transmissions, the company estimates that it sold 62% of all medium-to-heavy duty fully automatic commercial vehicle transmissions globally in 2011. While the company stays well clear of the passenger vehicle market, it's not a typical commercial vehicle supplier either, as the company does not participate in the Class 8 "line-haul" market (intercity trucks). While the company has uncommonly good margins and ample opportunities for growth, investors need to consider the sizable private equity ownership stakes and the large debt of this company.

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