Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Seeking Alpha: Can Tyco Break Out Of A Persistent Lagging Trend?

For a company that is supposed to be in one of the more attractive industrial markets, fire and security, Tyco (NYSE:TYC) hasn't lived up to investor expectations. With weaker than average growth and margins, Tyco has been lagging other fire/security players like Honeywell (NYSE:HON), United Technologies (NYSE:UTX), Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK), and Allegion (NYSE:ALLE) for some time, not to mention the market as a whole (as measured by the S&P 500).

Can the company reverse this unimpressive trend? I can't immediately think of another company in this size range with as much exposure to the non-residential construction market (though Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR) is close), both here and abroad, and perhaps the protracted lull in that market explains some of Tyco's underpeformance. That said, management needs to address what seems to be an elevated level of corporate expenses and a relatively bad track record of meeting projections.

I don't see a large amount of undervaluation here, but this is a significant "self help" story where outperformance on margins can have a disproportionate benefit on the valuation. It's also arguably still at a size where a larger conglomerate could consider it an acquisition target, particularly with the prospect of rooting out the company's elevated cost structure.

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Can Tyco Break Out Of A Persistent Lagging Trend?

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