Monday, February 5, 2018

Recovering Markets And Improving Margins Propelling IDEX

Things are pretty good these days at IDEX (IEX). Strong, and persistent, recoveries in markets like agriculture and water and ongoing growth in semiconductors have helped drive strong organic revenue growth, which the company has leveraged into improved margins across its businesses. Free cash flow generation has picked up and the outlook for 2018 is attractive.

The "but", as is the case for most multi-industrials, is valuation. If you believe in buying good companies no matter what the price/valuation and/or you're comfortable with implied returns in the mid-single-digits, maybe IDEX still meets your requirements. I'm less comfortable with valuation, though, and while IDEX is generating good results (and is likely to continue to do so in 2018), I'm not willing to pay such a high apparent price.

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Recovering Markets And Improving Margins Propelling IDEX

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