Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Low Expectations And Portfolio Transformation At SPX Flow

When I last wrote about SPX Flow (FLOW), I wasn’t too enamored with the stock, as the company’s orders seemed underwhelming relative to the cycle and I didn’t like the near-term prospects for growth and margin improvement. Since then, the shares are down about 10% (including a strong post-earnings move), lagging the broader industrial sector by close to 20%, not to mention peers/rivals like Alfa Laval (OTCPK:ALFVY) and Flowserve (FLS) – in fact, until this post-earnings spike, the shares had been lagging troubled GEA Group (OTCPK:GEAGY), and that’s really not a good thing.

I don’t believe SPX Flow is a vastly better business today than a year ago, but I have seen progress on margin and portfolio improvement efforts, the most obvious example being the decision to look to divest the lower-margin Power & Energy business, but also including subtler moves like deprioritizing larger dairy orders. What’s more, the expectations embedded in the business seem quite low. I do have some concerns that this could be a value-trap, but the value proposition is interesting.

Continue here:
Low Expectations And Portfolio Transformation At SPX Flow

No comments: