Companies change over time, but Timken (NYSE:TKR) has actively sought to remake itself to a pretty significant degree over the past decade. In addition to spinning off Timken Steel (NYSE:TMST), this leader in bearings and power transmission components has jettisoned around $1 billion in lower-margin business over the past seven or eight years, while recommitting to long-term growth through collaborative product development.
Such has been the rally in the industrial space that I pause when I see a stock where the valuation looks interesting. While the stock already trades at a pretty healthy forward EBITDA multiple, mid-single-digit FCF growth should be able to support a total annual return of over 10% from this level. While I would be careful about buying any industrial stock at this point (for fear of a big correction when the earnings and guidance start rolling in in January), this is a name that definitely merits some consideration.
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Timken Looking Forward To Leveraging A Big Transformation