Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Recovering Markets And Self-Help Pushing Commercial Vehicle Higher

As a shareholder, I can't complain too much about the performance of Commercial Vehicle (NASDAQ:CVGI) since my last update. With the shares up another 50% or so since late December, Commercial Vehicle has not only outpaced truck manufacturers like PACCAR (NASDAQ:PCAR) and Navistar (NYSE:NAV) but also other truck component stocks like Cummins (NYSE:CMI), Dana (NYSE:DAN), and Meritor (NYSE:MTOR). To be fair, though, longer-term performance track records still do not favor Commercial Vehicle, as the company has lagged many comparable commercial vehicle suppliers due to issues with both growth (in terms of underlying markets, market share, and volume) and margins.

Class 8 orders are growing at double-digit rates again, and many companies in the construction and ag space have pointed to signs of recovery in their respective markets. That all bodes well for Commercial Vehicle, as do ongoing efforts to diversify its customer base, gain share, and penetrate growth markets like India. It is my opinion, though, that a lot of this is reflected in the share price now. I can see some scenarios where a double-digit fair value could come to pass, but I consider that a bull-case outlook at this point. Although I do think the shares are still slightly undervalued, I would view them more as a "strong hold" as opposed to a clear buying opportunity.

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Recovering Markets And Self-Help Pushing Commercial Vehicle Higher

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