Wednesday, June 14, 2017

IMI Group Working On Self-Improvement Through Still-Challenging Markets

Seemingly every company is looking to streamline its supply chain, improve manufacturing efficiency, and reduce its operating overhead, but the self-improvements at IMI Plc (OTCPK:IMIAY) (IMI.L) are a little more urgent. While declines in the oil/gas, power, petrochemical, industrial automation, and commercial vehicle markets have certainly hurt, IMI also saw some self-inflicted damage from under-investment in capex and R&D, too many non-strategic assets/businesses, and a lack of integration and operational efficiency. Credit, then, to CEO Mark Selway who has been tackling these issues in recent years while also dealing with serious market headwinds.

The opportunities for self-improvement and market recoveries haven't gone unnoticed, as IMI's shares are up about 25% over the past year - less than the likes of Weir Group (OTCPK:WEGRY) and Parker-Hannifin (NYSE:PH), but on par with Rotork (OTCPK:RTOXY) and SMC (OTCPK:SMCAY). My expectations for recoveries in downstream oil/gas and power may be too conservative, but I'm looking for mid-single-digit growth in revenue and FCF from IMI. That supports a mid-to-high single-digit return at today's level, which is not bad on a relative basis but arguably not enough for a company that still has some work to do on the self-improvement front.

Readers should note that IMI's ADRs are not very attractive from a liquidity standpoint, but the London-listed shares offer ample liquidity and most quality brokerages now offer such market access.

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IMI Group Working On Self-Improvement Through Still-Challenging Markets

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