COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Eaton Corporation plc (Eaton Corporation or “the company”) is a provider of power management solutions. The company serves customers in electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power markets. It primarily operates in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Eaton is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland 

 

ECONOMIC MOAT

In our opinion, Eaton's moat is dug from high customer switching costs and advantageous relationships with distributors that would be difficult to replicate.  Eaton flight instrumentation and hydraulic systems for aircraft create sticky relationships with sticky aircraft manufacturers. Eaton makes key products that distributors traditionally must have in their catalogs. The addition of Cooper Industries strengthens this advantage.

 

OUTLOOK

Management looks for organic revenue growth to be between 3% and 4%, but faces negative headwinds from foreign exchange rates of roughly 4%. Electrical Products group should post good results, thanks to strong demand in the Americas.  Strength in the aftermarket business should help support solid gains at the Aerospace group. Softness at the Hydraulics division, may offset these gains. The stock also offers a good dividend yield, and should appeal to risk-averse investors.

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STRENGTHS

  • Diversified product portfolio reduces business risks and increases opportunities

  • Robust manufacturing capabilities and diverse geographic presence reduces business risks

  • Strong financial results supports long-term growth 

WEAKNESSES

  • Legal proceedings could have a negative impact on the cost structure and profitability 

THREATS

  • Competition across all business segments could adversely affect margins

  • Volatile prices of raw materials could have a negative impact on the profitability 

OPPORTUNITIES

  • Positive outlook for the global electrical components and equipment market could help enhance business growth

  • Growing global automotive drivetrain market could provide opportunity to expand revenues and profits 

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