Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Seeking Alpha: Hurco Waiting On A European Recovery

As I have written before, Hurco's (NASDAQ:HURC) size and focus on high-spec machine tools makes it a little more challenging to track relative to large players like DMG Mori Seiki, Okuma, and so on. Hurco's business isn't driven as directly by large OEMs in industries like autos and aerospace, but the company is highly sensitive to exchange rates and the demand for manufacturing in countries like Germany and Italy. To that end, the significant moves in foreign currency and the lackluster recent economic performance of Germany have become bigger headwinds for this small industrial.

It's highly improbable that Hurco's business is going to shift meaningfully toward North America anytime soon and it is likewise improbable that this tiny, thinly-traded stock is going to attract much sell-side attention. That suggests that investors will have to have some patience to see this work out as an investment idea, but I believe Hurco is capable of generating long-term mid-to-high single-digit FCF growth through mid-single digit revenue growth and modest ongoing margin improvement. That still supports a fair value in the low-to-mid $40's, though the outlook for revenue growth in 2015 is such that it may be harder for the stock to make a lot of headway.

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Hurco Waiting On A European Recovery

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