Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Seeking Alpha: HD Supply Outgrowing Its Markets At An Accelerating Rate

I liked HD Supply (NASDAQ:HDS) as a play on recovering construction and infrastructure markets back in March, but I wasn't expecting a nearly 25% move in the shares over the next six months. This was not just a "rising tide lifts all boats" sort of move either - industrial distributor MSC Industrial (NYSE:MSM) and electrical distributor WESCO (NYSE:WCC) are both up over that period as well, but only by about 3% and 5%, while Rexel (OTCPK:RXEEY), Wolseley (OTCQX:WOSYY), and Fastenal (NASDAQ:FAST) are in the red over that stretch. What has helped HD Supply greatly is that management is delivering on its guidance and establishing credibility with its plans to outgrow its underlying markets by a meaningful amount over the next few years.

I still believe that HD Supply is more of a momentum play than a value story. Even with expectations of a construction/infrastructure recovery and internal growth initiatives supporting double-digit growth over the next five years and long-term sales growth of 8%, I can't really get to an attractive discounted cash flow number. I don't expect that to matter much, though, so long as the company can continue to deliver above-market growth and ongoing margin leverage.

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HD Supply Outgrowing Its Markets At An Accelerating Rate

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