I liked Rexnord (NYSE:RXN) back in mid-December, and I can't really complain with how the shares have performed since. Not only is the return about 10 points above that of the S&P 500, but Rexnord has done alright next to most of its process/motion control peers like ABB (NYSE:ABB), Altra (NASDAQ:AIMC), Regal Beloit (NYSE:RBC), and SKF (OTCPK:SKFRY), as well as peers in the water products sector. Better still, short-cycle industrial activity is picking up (including in the industrial MRO space) and process industries like mining seem to be past the worst, while core food/beverage continues to perform well. Add in a slowly improving institutional water market and some longer-term strategic growth opportunities and it's a relatively solid backdrop.
Valuation is no longer so compelling, but "meh" seems to be the new "bargain-priced" in the industry sector and shaving just half a point off of my 10% discount rate would give me a fair value slightly above today's price. Provided that Rexnord can show some healthy signs in its core revenue and margins later this week when it reports fiscal fourth quarter earnings, not to mention constructive guidance in line with what other industrial-leveraged companies have said, this could still be a name with some room left to advance.
Rexnord Should Be Seeing A Turn Now