Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) recently reported its preliminary financial results based on which CapitalCube provides a unique peer-based analysis of the company. Our analysis is based on the company's performance over the last twelve months (unless stated otherwise).
Textron Inc.'s analysis versus peers uses the following peer-set: Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA), Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE:LMT), European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. EADS N.V. (NYSEMKT:EAD), General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE:GD), BAE Systems PLC (OTCPK:BAESF), Dassault Aviation S.A. (NYSE:AM-OLD), Bombardier Inc. Cl B (BBD.B), Embraer S.A. (EMBR3), Finmeccanica S.p.A. (FNC) and Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd.(047810). The table below shows the preliminary results along with the recent trend for revenues, net income and returns.
|Quarterly (USD million)||2012-09-30||2012-06-30||2012-03-31||2011-12-31||2011-09-30|
|Revenue Growth %||(0.6)||5.7||(12.2)||15.6||3.2|
|Net Income Growth %||(17.9)||44.2||N/A||(112.5)||47.8|
|Net Margin %||4.7||5.7||4.2||(0.5)||4.8|
|ROE % (Annualized)||17.7||23.0||17.0||(2.2)||16.8|
|ROA % (Annualized)||4.3||5.3||3.6||(0.5)||3.6|
Textron Inc.'s current Price/Book of 2.2 is about median in its peer group. The market expects Textron Inc. to grow faster than the median of its chosen peers (PE of 18.8 compared to peer median of 13.5) and to improve its current ROE of 12.6% which is below its peer median of 16.1%. Thus, the market seems to expect a turnaround in Textron Inc.'s current performance.
The company's profit margins are below peer median (currently 3.4% vs. peer median of 5.7%) while its asset efficiency is about median (asset turns of 0.9x compared to peer median of 0.8x). Textron Inc.'s net margin continues to trend upward and is above (but within one standard deviation of) its five-year average net margin of 2.3%.
The company enjoys both better than peer median annual revenue growth of 7.1% and better than peer median earnings growth performance 163.0%. Textron Inc. currently converts every 1% of change in annual revenue into 22.9% of change in annual reported earnings. We view this company as a leader among its peers.
Textron Inc.'s return on assets is less than its peer median currently (2.9% vs. peer median 4.2%). It has also had less than peer median returns on assets over the past five years (1.7% vs. peer median 3.2%). This performance suggests that the company has persistent operating challenges relative to peers.
The company's gross margin of 19.3% is around peer median suggesting that Textron Inc.'s operations do not benefit from any differentiating pricing advantage. In addition, Textron Inc.'s pre-tax margin is less than the peer median (5.0% compared to 7.7%) suggesting relatively high operating costs.
Growth and Investment Strategy
While Textron Inc.'s revenues have increased more slowly than the peer median (-7.5% vs. 2.9% respectively for the past three years), the market currently gives the company a higher than peer median PE ratio of 18.8. The stock price may be factoring in some sort of a strategic play.
Textron Inc.'s annualized rate of change in capital of -14.6% over the past three years is less than its peer median of -3.5%. This below median investment level has also generated a less than peer median return on capital of 1.1% averaged over the same three years. This outcome suggests that the company has invested capital relatively poorly and now may be in maintenance mode.
Textron Inc. reported relatively weak net income margins for the last twelve months (3.4% vs. peer median of 5.7%). This weak margin performance and relatively conservative accrual policy (3.2% vs. peer median of 1.5%) suggest the company might likely be understating its net income, possibly to the extent that there might even be some sandbagging of the reported net income numbers.
Textron Inc.'s accruals over the last twelve months are positive suggesting a buildup of reserves. In addition, the level of accrual is greater than the peer median -- which suggests a relatively strong buildup in reserves compared to its peers.
Textron, Inc. manufactures aircrafts, automotive engines, industrial products, and military equipment. It operates in the aircraft, defense, industrial, and finance businesses worldwide. The company operates through five reportable business segments: Cessna, Bell, Textron Systems, Industrial and Finance. The company was founded in 1923 by Royal Little and is headquartered in Providence, RI.
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