Friday, January 16, 2015

Seeking Alpha: Is It Time To Start Thinking Recovery For Komatsu?

The outlook for the construction and mining industries hasn't gotten much better, and with that both Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) and Komatsu (OTCPK:KMTUY) have posted pretty uninspiring performances. While the environment for mining equipment is still under pressure from weak prices and shrinking capex budgets, and the construction market in key Komatsu markets like China and Japan is hardly great, Komatsu is investing in long-term innovation, maintaining a focus on margins, and positioning itself for the eventual recovery.

Since my last piece on Komtasu, these shares have outperformed Caterpillar, Joy Global (NYSE:JOY) and Terex (NYSE:TEX) by a pretty healthy margin. Although Komatsu isn't particularly well-positioned for a construction recovery in North America (or Europe), a turnaround in the emerging markets would be a different story. I don't think investors need to rush to buy this stock, but the valuation isn't too bad and I think the company's emphasis on its more lucrative parts/service operations and long-term innovation could pay dividends down the road.

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Is It Time To Start Thinking Recovery For Komatsu?

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