Sunday, June 2, 2019

Ternium Beaten Up, But The Quality Is Still There

The six months since my last article on Ternium (TX) have not been kind to the steel sector in general, nor this Mexican steelmaker in particular, with the shares down about 16% and roughly doubling the decline of the sector. While the sector has been pressured by weaker prices, rising costs, and concerns about demand growth in 2019 and beyond, Ternium too has been squeezed by pricing and costs, not to mention weaker-than-expected demand in its key operating regions.

Macro factors remain my biggest worry with Ternium, as construction activity has yet to turn in Mexico and Argentina’s “recovery” is at best looking like a drawn-out process. Improving demand in Brazil should help, but global weakness in the auto industry remains a point of pressure for the company. Given Ternium’s excellent margins (even in comparison to leaders like Nucor (NUE) and Steel Dynamics (STLD) ), longer-term prospects in both Mexico and Brazil, and the valuation, this is still a name I like within the steel sector.

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Ternium Beaten Up, But The Quality Is Still There

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