3M In A Perfect Position To Perform In A Raising Interest Rate Environment

Sep. 29, 2015 1:58 PM ET3M Company (MMM)12 Comments
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  • 3M Co is one of the rare international companies posting increasing revenue regardless of the strong US dollar.
  • The company's pristine balance sheet won’t be affected by future interest rate increases.
  • 3M's impressive budget for R&D gives them a big competitive advantage.

DSR Quick Stats

Sector: Industrial

5 Year Revenue Growth: 6.59%

5 Year EPS Growth: 10.63%

5 Year Dividend Growth: 10.89%

Current Dividend Yield: 2.81%

What Makes 3M Co (NYSE:MMM) a Good Business?

We all use Scotch Tape and you probably heard that funny story about how Post-it stickers were invented by mistake (a tech lab worked on a different type of glue that wasn't sticky enough… but worked perfectly for pieces of paper you want to put here and there). However, MMM is a lot more than daily sticky products - the company is divided into five segments:

Source: author's graphics

Industrial Business (34%):

This is the largest segment in term of sales. This division provides adhesives, abrasives, filtration systems, fasteners and specialty materials to a variety of industries.

Safety and Graphics (18%):

This business offers films, reflective materials, projection systems, and the like. I bet you didn't know much about this part of 3M Co, right?

Electronics and Energy (17%):

This is 3M biggest business operation in Asia with two-thirds of its revenue coming from this region. Electronics and Energy provides products for electronics and energy businesses including films for LCD screens and splicing products for signal cables.

Healthcare (17%):

The Healthcare business focuses on products offered to more developed countries such as the US and Europe. It makes products in the areas of wound care, oral care, drug delivery systems, etc.

Consumer and Office (14%):

This is probably the division we know best as consumers - 3M offers a variety of home office products in developed countries. Over half of this segment revenues are coming from the US.


Price to Earnings: 18.28
Price to Free Cash Flow: 17.60
Price to Book: 6.682
Return on Equity: 33.82%


Revenue Graph from Ycharts

MMM is one of the rare international companies showing

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