Long-time readers know that I have a real soft spot for companies that make the "guts" of the equipment we use in our daily lives but don't often think about all that much. The connectors, interconnect systems, sensors, and cables made by Amphenol (NYSE:APH) certainly qualify; pretty much anything that uses electrical power uses connectors at some point.
Amphenol is among the market leaders in this nearly $50 billion industry, but the company has also been building its capabilities in other markets like coaxial cables and specialty cables, as well as sensors. Importantly, Amphenol doesn't try to be all things to all customers, and the company generally tries to focus on higher-margin, more complex product categories. Combined with ongoing M&A and very consistent high-end execution, Amphenol has been able to roughly double the industry growth rate while producing double-digit returns on invested capital. All of that makes it an excellent company, but alas, the valuation is no bargain now insofar as I can see.
The Amphenol Machine Rolls On