Stanley Black & Decker: This Dividend King Could Potentially Triple In 5 Years

Jun. 26, 2022 7:00 AM ETStanley Black & Decker, Inc. (SWK)90 Comments31 Likes

Summary

  • SWK was founded in 1843 in New Britain, Connecticut, and hasn't missed a dividend payment in 146 years (since 1876).
  • SWK has the most trusted brands with the #1 market share globally.
  • If SWK grows as analysts expect by 2024 and returns to historical mid-range fair value, it could deliver 125% total returns or 38% annually.
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Stanley To Buy Black And Decker

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This article was co-produced with Dividend Sensei.

This year has been an extreme example that stocks don't always go up.

It's the 2nd worst start to the year in US market history, with the S&P 500 down 21%, the Nasdaq down 29%.

The worst bond bear market in history, by a wide margin, means the 60/40 retirement portfolio is down 18%.

And according to Lipper Financial, 11% of US stocks are down 80+%.

What does this mean for short-term paper wealth?

$10 trillion in US market cap gone vs. $8.5 trillion in the entire Great Recession, the 2nd worst market crash in history.

But in such times of market terror come the greatest opportunities for blue-chip dividend growth investors to earn potentially life-changing returns.

"Fortunes are made in bear markets." - Todd Sullivan

Right now many investors are worried about a recession in 2023. In fact, JPMorgan reports that based on stock returns, the market is pricing in an 85% probability of a recession next year.

But guess what? The recession that 75% of Fortune 500 CEOs expect by the end of next year is NOT likely to be a soul-crushing collapse like the Pandemic or Great Recession.

Deutsche Bank, the first blue-chip economist team to forecast a recession in 2023, has updated its model and now expects:

  • A 3.1% GDP decline in Q3 2023.

  • A 0.4% decline in Q4 2023.

  • Growth to resume by Q1 2024.

  • A full year 2023 decline of 0.5%.

What does that mean? That Deutsche Bank now expects the 2nd mildest recession in US history behind the 0.4% decline in 2021.

Today, I want to highlight why Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE:SWK) is too cheap to ignore and potentially set to soar.

Why?

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Because despite the fact that no blue-chip economist expects a severe recession next year or in 2024, SWK is already trading at valuations that we only see in severe recessionary bear market lows.

Here's the biggest secret on Wall Street. Stocks never bottom because bad news stops coming. They bottom when the bad news is fully priced in, and historically speaking, that time is now for SWK.

  • Down 50% from its highs

  • Literally the most undervalued dividend aristocrat on Wall Street

So, let me show you why SWK is one of the best Buffett-style "fat pitches" long-term income growth investors can start swinging at today.

In fact, if analysts are right, SWK could deliver a 55% total return within a year and 3X in the next five years.

Or to put it another way, there are four reasons SWK is one of the lowest-risk ways to earn Buffett-like returns from a blue-chip bargain hiding in plain sight.

Reason One: Stanley Black & Decker Is The Complete Package

Here's the bottom line on SWK.

Reasons To Potentially Buy SWK Today

  • 86% quality low-risk 12/13 Super SWAN dividend king

  • 89% dividend safety score

  • 54-year dividend growth streak

  • 3.1% very safe yield

  • 0.5% average recession dividend cut risk

  • 1.6% severe recession dividend cut risk

  • 44% conservatively undervalued (potential Ultra Value strong buy)

  • Fair Value: $183.73 (17.2X earnings)

  • 9.7X forward earnings vs 16.5X to 18.5X historical

  • 10.1X cash-adjusted earnings

  • A stable outlook credit rating = 0.66% 30-year bankruptcy risk

  • 71st industry percentile risk management consensus = Good

  • 4% to 14% CAGR margin-of-error growth consensus range

  • 13.1% CAGR median growth consensus

  • 10% to 12% management growth guidance

  • 5-year consensus total return potential: 19% to 24% CAGR

  • Base-case 5-year consensus return potential: 22% CAGR (3X S&P consensus)

  • Consensus 12-month total return forecast: 55% (12.7 PE)

  • Fundamentally Justified 12-Month Returns: 82% CAGR

SWK has suffered some recent setbacks with earnings and its latest acquisition.

  • Profitability has taken a hit

SWK is now pricing in a severe recession.

  • No economist expects a severe recession next year, just a mild one.

However, post earnings in four different investor presentations and conferences, management has reiterated its long-term growth guidance of 10% to 12% EPS growth.

"During the quarter, we also initiated $2.3 billion in share repurchases through an accelerated share repurchase as well as open market buyback activity. These actions represent significant progress towards achieving our goal of returning $4 billion in capital to our shareholders through repurchases which we expect to complete in '23.

Taking into account the approximately $0.5 billion in dividends we expect to pay in 2022, we will have returned $2.8 billion to shareholders by the end of the year, a record for Stanley Black & Decker." - CEO, Q1 conference call

SWK, after selling its security business for $3.2 billion recently, is buying back stock at the best valuation since the pandemic.

Management is confident that it can have its supply chain issues resolved by the end of Q2, which should boost profitability.

SWK Long-Term Growth Outlook Is Intact

Metric

2021 Growth

2022 Growth Consensus

2023 Growth Consensus

2024 Growth Consensus

2025 Growth Consensus

2026 Growth Consensus

Sales

18%

22%

4%

4%

5%

4%

Dividend

1%

13% (Official)

2%

7%

1%

1%/ (59-Year Streak)

EPS

16%

-5%

15%

11%

0%

16%

Operating Cash Flow

-68%

172%

37%

1%

-10%

7%

Free Cash Flow

-92%

780%

50%

3%

NA

NA

EBITDA

8%

-5%

11%

7%

NA

NA

EBIT (operating income)

11%

2%

13%

7%

NA

NA

(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet)

SWK's growth is expected to be a bit lumpy in the coming years, but it's still expected to post overall solid growth.

Rolling Returns Since July 1985

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SWK is a consistently modest market beater over the last 37 years, but from bear market lows, it's capable of returns as strong as 16% for the next 15 years and 20% for the next 10 years.

  • 9.3X return in 15 years

  • 6.2X return in 10 years

SWK 2024 Consensus Total Return Potential

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If SWK grows as analysts expect by 2024 and returns to historical mid-range fair value, it could deliver 125% total returns or 38% annually.

  • Buffett-like returns from the best aristocrat bargain hiding in plain sight.

SWK 2027 Consensus Total Return Potential

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By 2027, if SWK grows as expected and returns to historical mid-range fair value, it could deliver 196% total returns or 22% annually.

  • About 3X the S&P 500 consensus

  • Buffett-like return potential

SWK Long-Term Consensus Total Return Potential

Investment Strategy

Yield

LT Consensus Growth

LT Consensus Total Return Potential

Long-Term Risk-Adjusted Expected Return

Long-Term Inflation And Risk-Adjusted Expected Returns

Years To Double Your Inflation & Risk-Adjusted Wealth

10-Year Inflation And Risk-Adjusted Expected Return

Stanley Black & Decker (Management Mid-Range Guidance)

3.1%

11.00%

14.1%

9.9%

7.4%

9.7

2.04

Dividend Growth

2.0%

11.5%

13.5%

9.5%

7.0%

10.3

1.96

Dividend Aristocrats

2.4%

8.5%

10.9%

7.6%

5.2%

14.0

1.65

S&P 500

1.8%

8.5%

10.3%

7.2%

4.7%

15.2

1.59

(Sources: Morningstar, FactSet, Ycharts)

Management and analysts expect SWK to significantly outperform almost every dividend growth investment strategy as well as the dividend aristocrats and S&P 500 over the long-term.

SWK Total Returns Since July 1985

SWK was beating the market over 37 years before its recent 50% bear market.

  • 30X return since 1985

  • 11X adjusted for inflation

  • including a 50% bear market

A Dividend Growth Blue-Chip You Can Trust

Portfolio

1986 Income Per $1,000 Investment

2021 Income Per $1,000 Investment

Annual Income Growth

Starting Yield

2021 Yield On Cost

Stanley Black & Decker

$39

$843

9.18%

3.9%

84.3%

(Source: Portfolio Visualizer Premium)

SWK has delivered 9% annual income growth for investors for 35 years, turning a 3.9% yield in 1986 into an 84% yield on cost.

What about the future?

Analyst Consensus Income Growth Forecast

Risk-Adjusted Expected Income Growth

Risk And Tax-Adjusted Expected Income Growth

Risk, Inflation, And Tax Adjusted Income Growth Consensus

13.5%

9.4%

8.0%

5.5%

(Source: DK Research Terminal, FactSet)

Analysts expect 14% income growth from SWK in the future, which adjusted for the risk of it not growing as expected, inflation, and taxes is about 5.5% real expected income growth.

Now compare that to what they expect from the S&P 500.

Time Frame

S&P Inflation-Adjusted Dividend Growth

S&P Inflation-Adjusted Earnings Growth

1871-2021

1.6%

2.1%

1945-2021

2.4%

3.5%

1981-2021 (Modern Falling Rate Era)

2.8%

3.8%

2008-2021 (Modern Low Rate Era)

3.5%

6.2%

FactSet Future Consensus

2.0%

5.2%

(Sources: S&P, FactSet, Multipl.com)

What about a 60/40 retirement portfolio?

  • 0.5% consensus inflation, risk, and tax-adjusted income growth.

In other words, SWK is expected to generate 2.5X faster real income growth than the S&P 500 and 11X faster income growth than a 60/40, with incredible short, medium-term, and long-term return potential.

What inflation-adjusted returns do analysts expect in the future?

Inflation-Adjusted Consensus Return Potential: $1,000 Initial Investment

Time Frame (Years)

7.6% CAGR Inflation-Adjusted S&P Consensus

8.4% Inflation-Adjusted Aristocrats Consensus

11.6% CAGR Inflation-Adjusted SWK Consensus

Difference Between Inflation-Adjusted SWK Consensus Vs S&P Consensus

5

$1,445.67

$1,493.29

$1,733.42

$287.75

10

$2,089.97

$2,229.92

$3,004.76

$914.78

15

$3,021.42

$3,329.92

$5,208.51

$2,187.10

20

$4,367.98

$4,972.54

$9,028.56

$4,660.58

25

$6,314.67

$7,425.45

$15,650.32

$9,335.64

30

$9,128.95

$11,088.36

$27,128.62

$17,999.67

(Source: DK Research Terminal, FactSet)

Management and analysts believe that SWK could potentially deliver 27X inflation-adjusted returns over the next 30 years.

Time Frame (Years)

Ratio Aristocrats/S&P Consensus

Ratio Inflation-Adjusted SWK Consensus vs S&P consensus

5

1.03

1.20

10

1.07

1.44

15

1.10

1.72

20

1.14

2.07

25

1.18

2.48

30

1.21

2.97

(Source: DK Research Terminal, FactSet)

Which is potentially 3X more than the S&P 500 and 2.5X more than the dividend aristocrats

SWK Investment Decision Score

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For anyone comfortable with its risk profile, SWK is one of the most reasonable and prudent dividend aristocrats you can buy today.

  • 44% discount vs. 6% market discount = 38% better valuation

  • 3.1% yield vs. 1.8% yield (and a much safer yield at that)

  • Potentially 40% higher long-term return potential than S&P 500 over time

  • About 2X better risk-adjusted expected return over the next five years

  • 50% more consensus dividend income over the next five years

Reason Two: One Of The World's Safest Dividend Stocks

There are many ways to measure safety and quality and I factor in pretty much all of them.

The Dividend Kings' overall quality scores are based on a 253-point model that includes:

  • Dividend safety

  • Balance sheet strength

  • Credit ratings

  • Credit default swap medium-term bankruptcy risk data

  • Short and long-term bankruptcy risk

  • Accounting and corporate fraud risk

  • Profitability and business model

  • Growth consensus estimates

  • Management growth guidance

  • Historical earnings growth rates

  • Historical cash flow growth rates

  • Historical dividend growth rates

  • Historical sales growth rates

  • Cost of capital

  • GF Scores

  • Long-term risk-management scores from MSCI, Morningstar, FactSet, S&P, Reuters/Refinitiv, and Just Capital

  • Management quality

  • Dividend-friendly corporate culture/income dependability

  • Long-term total returns (a Ben Graham sign of quality)

  • Analyst consensus long-term return potential

In fact, it includes over 1,000 fundamental metrics including the 12 rating agencies we use to assess fundamental risk.

  • credit and risk management ratings make up 41% of the DK safety and quality model

  • dividend/balance sheet/risk ratings make up 82% of the DK safety and quality model

How do we know that our safety and quality model works well?

During the two worst recessions in 75 years, our safety model 87% of blue-chip dividend cuts, the ultimate baptism by fire for any dividend safety model.

How does SWK score on our comprehensive safety and quality models?

SWK Dividend Safety

Rating

Dividend Kings Safety Score (162 Point Safety Model)

Approximate Dividend Cut Risk (Average Recession)

Approximate Dividend Cut Risk In Pandemic Level Recession

1 - unsafe

0% to 20%

over 4%

16+%

2- below average

21% to 40%

over 2%

8% to 16%

3 - average

41% to 60%

2%

4% to 8%

4 - safe

61% to 80%

1%

2% to 4%

5- very safe

81% to 100%

0.5%

1% to 2%

SWK

89%

0.5%

1.6%

Risk Rating

Low-Risk (71st industry percentile risk-management consensus)

A stable outlook credit rating 0.66% 30-year bankruptcy risk

15% OR LESS Max Risk Cap Recommendation

Long-Term Dependability

Company

DK Long-Term Dependability Score

Interpretation

Points

Non-Dependable Companies

21% or below

Poor Dependability

1

Low Dependability Companies

22% to 60%

Below-Average Dependability

2

S&P 500/Industry Average

61% (61% to 70% range)

Average Dependability

3

Above-Average

71% to 80%

Very Dependable

4

Very Good

81% or higher

Exceptional Dependability

5

SWK

84%

Exceptional Dependability

5

Overall Quality

SWK

Final Score

Rating

Safety

89%

5/5 Very Safe

Business Model

70%

2/3 Narrow and Stable Moat

Dependability

84%

5/5 Exceptional

Total

86%

12/13 Super SWAN Dividend King

Risk Rating

3/3 Low-Risk

15% OR LESS Max Risk Cap Rec

10% Margin of Safety For A Potentially Good Buy

  • SWK has experienced deterioration in its profitability, advanced accounting metrics, and a small decrease in long-term risk-management ratings.

  • Downgraded to 12/13 Super SWAN from 13/13 Ultra SWAN

  • Quality fell from 92% to 86%

  • Still one of the highest quality companies on earth

How high quality is SWK?

It's in the 77th percentile of the DK 500 Master List.

  • every dividend aristocrat

  • every dividend champion

  • every dividend king

  • every global aristocrat

  • and 40 of the world's best growth stocks

And even among the most elite companies on earth SWK is higher quality than 77% of them.

Why I Trust Stanley Black & Decker And So Can You

SWK was founded in 1843 in New Britain, Connecticut.

SWK hasn't missed a dividend payment in 146 years (since 1876) through:

  • 23 recessions

  • Six depressions

  • Interest rates ranging from 0% to 20%

  • Treasury yields ranging from 0.3% to 16%

  • Inflation ranging from -2.5% to 20%

SWK has been raising its dividend for 54 consecutive years (since 1968) including through:

  • Eight recessions

  • The Pandemic

  • Two energy crises

  • The Great Recession

  • The stagflation of the 1970s

SWK is built to last and will likely outlive us all.

SWK has the most trusted brands with the #1 market share globally.

Management returns 50% of free cash flow to shareholders via buybacks and dividends and uses the other half for M&A.

That's how it plans to deliver about 11% long-term growth and 14.1% long-term annual total returns.

  • about 3% more than the dividend aristocrats and 4% more than the S&P 500

The average EV generates 4.5X the sales per vehicle as regular gas cars.

And electrifying outdoor tools represent a potential growth opportunity in a $25 billion global market.

SWK is targeting some of the biggest megatrends in history as part of its growth plan.

  • electrification of cars

  • infrastructure

  • secular housing boom

Quantitative Analysis: The Math Backing Up The Investment Thesis

Ben Graham recommended combining qualitative (the story) analysis with quantitative analysis looking at the past, present, and likely future.

SWK Credit Ratings

Rating Agency

Credit Rating

30-Year Default/Bankruptcy Risk

Chance of Losing 100% Of Your Investment 1 In

S&P

A stable

0.66%

151.5

Fitch

A- stable

2.50%

40.0

Moody's

Baa1 (BBB+ equivalent) negative outlook

5.00%

20.0

Consensus

A- stable

2.72%

36.8

(Source: S&P, Fitch, Moody's)

Rating agencies estimate SWK's fundamental risk at 2.72%.

  • a 1 in 37 chance of losing all your money buying SWK today

On June 6th, Moody's downgraded SWK to a negative outlook.

"The change in outlook to negative from stable reflects the material contraction in Stanley's operating performance. Moody's revised downward its forward views and now projects an EBITA margin slightly above 11% for 2023 (14.5% previously for 2023).

Stanley is facing commodity inflation, higher supply chain costs to serve demand, and lower volumes, in addition to higher personnel expenses, transportation, and energy costs than in previous years.

All these factors are weighing on the company's operating performance. Moody's believes that management is taking actions such as increasing pricing and investing to reduce supply chain costs, but tangible results to markedly improve operations over the next eighteen months may be difficult to achieve.

"Stanley is weakly positioned relative to similarly rated companies," said Peter Doyle, Vice President at Moody's. "Stanley must execute on its operating plan and exceed Moody's expectations in order to maintain its Baa1 rating," added Doyle." - Moody's

That sounds scary but it's really not.

"Moody's projects a significant improvement in Stanley's liquidity profile over the next eighteen months. Proceeds from asset sales and free cash flow will be used to repay all short-term debt, which totaled $5.1 billion on April 2, 2022, resulting in no borrowings under the company's liquidity facilities by late 2022.

Stanley has access to $4.5 billion in 364-day revolving credit facilities, which Moody's believes can be easily renewed, and a $2.5 billion revolving credit expiring in 2026. These facilities fully backstop Stanley's $3.5 billion combined US and European commercial paper programs, which enhances the company's liquidity profile.

Also, Moody's projects that Stanley will generate about $500 million of free cash flow in 2022 and increase to $1 billion by 2023. Excess cash will be used to reduce short-term borrowings and to repurchase shares under the company's remaining authorization of $1.7 billion." - Moody's

SWK has ample liquidity and Moody's expects its short-term debt will be gone by the end of the year.

"FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGS

Stabilization of Stanley's ratings would ensue if the company executes on its operating plan, resulting in an EBITA margin above 12%, adjusted debt-to-EBITDA approaching 2.5x, and adjusted retained cash flow-to-net debt over 30%.

A downgrade could occur if Stanley fails to improve significantly its operating performance, leverage remains elevated or asset sale proceeds fail to materialize.

While unlikely given Stanley's negative outlook, a rating upgrade would ensue if the company experiences consistently stronger profitability such that EBITA margin is above 15%, adjusted debt-to-EBITDA is below 2.0x, and adjusted retained cash flow-to-net debt is over 35%.

An upgrade would also require the preservation of robust liquidity, maintaining conservative financial policies, and a low level of financial complexity." - Moody's

If SWK gets its debt/EBITDA under 2, long-term Moody's says it could upgrade it to A-, the same as S&P and Fitch.

SWK Leverage Consensus Forecast

Year

Debt/EBITDA

Net Debt/EBITDA (3.0 Or Less Safe According To Credit Rating Agencies)

Interest Coverage (8+ Safe)

2020

1.73

1.16

10.37

2021

2.56

2.48

12.53

2022

2.97

2.26

9.40

2023

2.68

2.07

10.20

2024

2.35

1.73

9.71

2025

NA

NA

12.37

2026

NA

NA

16.98

Annualized Change

8.02%

10.35%

-1.64%

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

SWK took on a lot of debt during the pandemic to maximize its cash position, as many companies did.

Its debt levels always remained safe, however, and its leverage is expected to decrease over time.

Rating agencies aren't significantly worried about SWK's debt, or big buyback plans, or a potential recession

SWK Balance Sheet Consensus Forecast

Year

Total Debt (Millions)

Cash

Net Debt (Millions)

Interest Cost (Millions)

EBITDA (Millions)

Operating Income (Millions)

2020

$4,247

$1,381

$2,866

$205

$2,461

$2,126

2021

$6,661

$142

$6,454

$176

$2,603

$2,205

2022

$7,788

$2,212

$5,943

$242

$2,625

$2,275

2023

$7,848

$2,130

$6,064

$241

$2,933

$2,459

2024

$7,348

$2,192

$5,400

$271

$3,127

$2,631

2025

NA

NA

NA

$238

$3,436

$2,945

2026

NA

NA

NA

$187

$3,676

$3,176

Annualized Growth

14.69%

12.24%

17.16%

-1.52%

6.92%

6.92%

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

SWK's debt is expected to remain stable over the next few years while cash flow servicing its debt grows at 7% annually.

SWK Bond Profile

  • $3.1 billion in liquidity

  • Well-staggered debt maturities (little problem refinancing maturing bonds)

  • No debt maturing until 2025

  • 86% unsecured bonds (good financial flexibility)

  • Bond investors are so confident in SWK's long-term plans they were willing to buy its 40-year bonds at 4% interest rates

  • Now yields 6.6% because even 10-year AAA-rated bonds are over 4%

  • 2.55% average borrowing cost

  • 0.1% inflation-adjusted borrowing costs vs 8% returns on capital

SWK Credit Default Swaps: Real-Time Fundamental Risk Analysis From The Bond Market

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Credit default Swaps are the insurance policies bond investors take out against default. They represent real-time fundamental risk assessment from the "smart money" on Wall Street.

SWK's fundamental risk is up a bit over the last six months but doesn't justify the major stock price crash. The bond market is pricing in a 3.54% 30-year default risk, which is consistent with its credit ratings. Analysts, rating agencies, and the bond market all agree SWK's thesis is intact. 20 analysts, 8 rating agencies, and the bond market make up our SWK expert consensus.

28 expert consensus + the bond market monitoring SWK's risk profile is how we track fundamental risk in real-time to ensure high-probability/low-risk investment recommendations.

SWK GF Score: The Newest Addition To The DK Safety And Quality Model

The GF Score is a ranking system that has been found to be closely correlated to the long-term performances of stocks by backtesting from 2006 to 2021." - Gurufocus

GF Score takes five key aspects into consideration. They are:

  • Financial Strength

  • Profitability

  • Growth

  • Valuation

  • Momentum

SWK's good score of 76/100 GF score confirms overall strong fundamentals despite the short-term challenges its facing.

SWK Profitability: Wall Street's Favorite Quality Proxy

SWK's historical profitability has fallen to the top 30% of its peers, the reason for the downgrade to narrow moat.

SWK Trailing 12-Month Profitability Vs. Peers

Metric

TTM

Industry Percentile

Major Industrial Companies More Profitable Than SWK (Out Of 2,768)

Gross Margins

31.10%

62.56

1036

Operating Margin

9.13%

62.54

1037

Net Margin

8.68%

68.09

883

Return On Equity

12.58%

71.72

783

Return On Assets

5.31%

60.48

1094

Returns On Invested Capital

7.23%

56.29

1210

Return On Capital (Greenblatt)

37.69%

84.25

436

Return On Capital Employed

7.45%

44.41

1539

Average

14.90%

63.79

1002

(Source: GuruFocus Premium)

In the last year, SWK's profitability has dropped to the top 36% of its peers.

Over the last 30 years, SWK's profitability has been relatively stable adjusting for the natural cyclicality of its industry.

SWK Profit Margin Consensus Forecast

Year

FCF Margin

EBITDA Margin

EBIT (Operating) Margin

Net Margin

Return On Capital Expansion

Return On Capital Forecast

2020

11.5%

16.9%

14.6%

9.7%

1.00

2021

0.9%

16.7%

14.1%

11.1%

TTM ROC

37.69%

2022

6.9%

13.8%

12.0%

8.3%

Latest ROC

18.20%

2023

9.9%

14.8%

12.4%

8.9%

2026 ROC

37.86%

2024

9.2%

15.2%

12.8%

9.6%

2026 ROC

18.28%

2025

8.0%

15.9%

13.7%

9.6%

Average

28.07%

2026

8.7%

16.4%

14.2%

10.4%

Industry Median

13.25%

2027

NA

NA

NA

NA

SWK/Industry Median

2.12

Annualized Growth

-4.54%

-0.50%

-0.50%

1.16%

Vs S&P

1.92

Annualized Growth (Post Pandemic)

56.67%

-0.31%

0.09%

-1.28%

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

SWK's strong profitability is expected to remain stable over time with high single-digit free cash flow margins and returns on capital 2X that of its industry peers and S&P 500.

Return on capital is annual pre-tax profit/operating capital (the money it takes to run the business). ROC is Greenblatt's gold standard proxy for quality and moatiness.

S&P 500 ROC is 14.6%. For each $1 it takes to run the average S&P company, they generate $0.146 in annual pre-tax profit. It takes about 6.5 years for new investments to pay for themselves.

For SWK, ROC was 37% in the last year and is expected to remain relatively stable over the coming years. For every $1 it takes to run SWK, it is expected to generate $0.28 in annual pre-tax profit. Investments take about 4 years to pay for themselves.

By the definition of one of the greatest investors in history, SWK is about 2X higher quality than its peers and 2X higher quality than the S&P 500.

Over the last 30 years, SWK's ROC has been trending higher at 2.2% annually, confirming its narrow but stable moat.

Reason Three: A Strong Growth Profile For Decades To Come

According to the Graham/Dodd fair value formula, SWK is currently priced for about 0.75% long-term growth. Here's what analysts actually expect.

SWK Medium-Term Growth Consensus Forecast

Year

Sales

Free Cash Flow

EBITDA

EBIT (Operating Income)

Net Income

2020

$14,535

$1,674

$2,461

$2,126

$1,410

2021

$15,600

$144

$2,603

$2,205

$1,729

2022

$19,004

$1,307

$2,625

$2,275

$1,572

2023

$19,808

$1,960

$2,933

$2,459

$1,769

2024

$20,578

$1,897

$3,127

$2,631

$1,983

2025

$21,543

$1,731

$3,436

$2,945

$2,077

2026

$22,370

$1,949

$3,676

$3,176

$2,325

Annualized Growth

7.45%

2.57%

6.92%

6.92%

8.69%

Annualized Growth (Post Pandemic)

7.48%

68.38%

7.15%

7.57%

6.10%

Cumulative Over The Next 4 Years

$103,303

$8,844

$15,797

$13,486

$9,726

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

SWK is expected to grow steadily over time and convert 91% of its net income into free cash flow.

  • very good for an industrial

  • FCF is what pays the dividend

SWK Dividend Growth Consensus Forecast

Year

Dividend Consensus

FCF Consensus

FCF Payout Ratio

Retained (Post-Dividend) Free Cash Flow

Buyback Potential

Debt Repayment Potential

2022

$3.16

$9.55

33.1%

$965

6.23%

12.4%

2023

$3.22

$14.62

22.0%

$1,721

11.11%

21.9%

2024

$3.46

$13.38

25.9%

$1,498

9.67%

19.1%

Total 2022 Through 2024

$9.84

$37.55

26.2%

$4,184.21

27.00%

53.32%

Annualized Rate

4.64%

18.37%

-11.60%

24.60%

24.60%

24.12%

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

Credit rating agencies consider 60% a safe payout ratio for industrials.

SWK has a 33% payout ratio that's expected to average 26% over the next three years, less than half the safety guideline.

$4.1 billion in post-dividend retained free cash flow is enough to potentially repay 53% of its debt or buy back up to 27% of shares at current valuations.

The longer SWK languishes in a bear market the more shares they buy back at steadily more accretive levels, reducing the dividend cost and reducing the payout ratio even more. SWK's long-term growth actually benefits from a lower share price.

SWK Buyback Consensus Forecast

Year

Consensus Buybacks ($ Millions)

% Of Shares (At Current Valuations)

Market Cap

2022

$1,158.0

7.5%

$15,497

2023

$827.0

5.3%

$15,497

2024

$429.0

2.8%

$15,497

Total 2022-2024

$2,414.00

15.6%

$15,497

Annualized Rate

5.42%

Average Annual Buybacks

$804.67

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

SWK is expected to spend $2.4 billion on buybacks over the next three years, which could repurchase almost 16% of shares at current valuations.

SWK uses its shares to make opportunistic acquisitions and then opportunistically buys back stock when shares are undervalued.

The share count is down 7.6% in the last 12 months, a very reasonable and prudent time to be buying back shares by the truckload.

Time Frame (Years)

Net Buyback Rate

Shares Remaining

Net Shares Repurchased

Each Share You Own Is Worth X Times More (Not Including Future Growth And Dividends)

5

5.4%

75.68%

24.32%

1.32

10

5.4%

57.28%

42.72%

1.75

15

5.4%

43.35%

56.65%

2.31

20

5.4%

32.81%

67.19%

3.05

25

5.4%

24.83%

75.17%

4.03

30

5.4%

18.79%

81.21%

5.32

(Source: DK Research Terminal, Ycharts)

If SWK buys back stock at the rate analysts currently expect for five years, that would potentially cut the share count by 24% and increase the intrinsic value of all existing shares by 32%.

  • not counting future growth

SWK Long-Term Growth Outlook

  • 5% to 13.1% growth consensus range (five sources)

  • the Reuters consensus is for 13.1% growth, faster than the last five years

  • management guidance 10% to 12%

How accurate are analyst forecasts for SWK?

  • Smoothing for outliers, historical analyst margins-of-error are 15% to the downside and 5% to the upside.

  • margin-of-error adjusted growth guidance range: 4% to 14% CAGR (including management guidance).

  • 70% statistical probability that SWK grows 4% to 14% over time.

Over the last 20 years, SWK has grown at between 7% and 16% CAGR.

Analysts and management expect future growth to be similar to the last 12 years.

Reason Four: One Of The World's Best Dividend Stocks Is Crazy, Stupid, Cheap

For 20 years, outside of bear markets and bubbles millions of income growth investors have consistently paid between 16.5 and 18.5X earnings for SWK.

  • 91% statistical probability that this approximates intrinsic value

Metric

Historical Fair Value Multiples (14-Years)

2021

2022

2023

2024

2025

12-Month Forward Fair Value

5-Year Average Yield

1.75%

$170.29

$180.57

$180.57

$201.71

NA

Earnings

17.44

$195.33

$171.96

$200.04

$252.36

$292.99

Average

$181.95

$176.16

$189.81

$224.21

$292.99

$182.72

Current Price

$102.65

Discount To Fair Value

43.58%

41.73%

45.92%

54.22%

64.96%

43.82%

Upside To Fair Value (NOT Including Dividends)

77.25%

71.61%

84.91%

118.42%

185.43%

78.00% (81% including dividend)

2022 EPS

2023 EPS

2021 Weighted EPS

2022 Weighted EPS

12-Month Forward EPS

12-Month Average Fair Value Forward PE

Current Forward PE

$9.86

$11.47

$5.12

$5.51

$10.63

17.2

9.7

I estimate SWK is worth 17.2X earnings and today it trades at 9.7X, literally levels not seen outside of severe recessionary bear market lows.

  • 10.2X cash-adjusted earnings

  • a bargain by private equity standards

Analyst Median 12-Month Price Target

Morningstar Fair Value Estimate

$156.12 (12.7X earnings)

$159.75 (Quant model, 15.0X earnings)

Discount To Price Target (Not A Fair Value Estimate)

Discount To Fair Value

34.25%

35.74%

Upside To Price Target (Not Including Dividend)

Upside To Fair Value (Not Including Dividend)

52.09%

55.63%

12-Month Median Total Return Price (Including Dividend)

Fair Value + 12-Month Dividend

$159.28

$162.91

Discount To Total Price Target (Not A Fair Value Estimate)

Discount To Fair Value + 12-Month Dividend

35.55%

36.99%

Upside To Price Target ( Including Dividend)

Upside To Fair Value + Dividend

55.17%

58.70%

Morningstar doesn't have an analyst covering SWK so its quant fair value estimate is based on comparing it to its peers, which is never as statistically accurate as compared to a company's own historical market-determined fair value. Right now, industrial stocks are in a bear market, reducing Morningstar's fair value estimate. Morningstar's quant model still says SWK is 36% undervalued.

Analysts expect SWK to trade at 12.7X earnings in 12 months, delivering a 55% consensus total return in just a year.

81% upside would be justified by SWK's fundamentals.

I don't make recommendations based on 12-month price targets but on whether a company's margin of safety is sufficient to compensate for its risk profile.

Rating

Margin Of Safety For Low-Risk 12/13 Super SWAN quality companies

2022 Price

2023 Price

12-Month Forward Fair Value

Potentially Reasonable Buy

0%

$176.16

$189.81

$182.72

Potentially Good Buy

10%

$158.54

$170.83

$164.45

Potentially Strong Buy

20%

$140.93

$151.85

$146.18

Potentially Very Strong Buy

30%

$110.98

$132.86

$127.90

Potentially Ultra-Value Buy

40%

$105.70

$113.88

$109.63

Currently

$102.65

41.73%

45.92%

43.82%

Upside To Fair Value (Not Including Dividends)

71.61%

84.91%

78.00%

For anyone comfortable with its risk profile, SWK is a potential Ultra Value strong buy.

Risk Profile: Why Stanley Black & Decker Isn't Right For Everyone

These are my personal rule of thumb for when to sell a stock if the investment thesis has broken. SWK is highly unlikely to suffer such catastrophic declines in fundamentals.

What Could Cause SWK's Investment Thesis To Break

  • Safety falls to 40% or less

  • Balance sheet collapses (highly unlikely, 0.66% to 5% probability according to rating agencies)

  • Growth outlook falls to less than 6.9% for six years

  • SWK's role in my portfolio is to deliver long-term 8+% returns with minimal fundamental risk

  • 8+% total return requirement for defensive sectors

  • 10+% for non-defensive (cyclical) sectors - like industrials

How long it takes for a company's investment thesis to break depends on the quality of the company.

Quality

Years For The Thesis To Break Entirely

Below-Average

1

Average

2

Above-Average

3

Blue-Chip

4

SWAN

5

Super SWAN

6

Ultra SWAN

7

100% Quality Companies (MSFT, LOW, and MA)

8

There are no risk-free companies and no company is right for everyone. You have to be comfortable with the fundamental risk profile.

SWK's Risk Profile Summary

  • Economic cyclicality risk: sales could suffer in a recession

  • M&A risk: SWK frequently makes tuck-in acquisitions

  • Margin compression risk: over 2,700 major global rivals

  • Supply chain disruption risk: big impact in 2021 (SK is a major supplier, NK war risk)

  • Technology disruption risk

  • Customer concentration risk: top 2 customers (HD and LOW): 29% of sales

  • Labor retention risk (tightest job market in over 50 years) - rising wage pressures

  • Currency risk (growing over time due to international expansion)

  • Pension fund risk: $2.6 billion pension fund

  • Recall/legal liability risk

  • Accounting fraud risk: less than 17.5% statistical chance of accounting fraud

"The continued creation, development, and advancement of new technologies such as 5G data networks, artificial intelligence, blockchain, quantum computing, data analytics, 3-D printing, robotics, sensor technology, data storage, neural networks, augmented reality, amongst others, as well as other technologies in the future that are not foreseen today, continue to transform the Company's processes, products, and services." - 10-K

SWK's risk profile stretches 14 pages in its annual report, which isn't unusual for this industry.

How do we quantify, monitor, and track such a complex risk profile? By doing what big institutions do.

Long-Term Risk Analysis: How Large Institutions Measure Total Risk

See the risk section of this video to get an in-depth view (and link to two reports) of how DK and big institutions measure long-term risk management by companies.

SWK Long-Term Risk-Management Consensus

Rating Agency

Industry Percentile

Rating Agency Classification

MSCI 37 Metric Model

42.0%

BBB Average, Stable Trend

Morningstar/Sustainalytics 20 Metric Model

82.4%

25.7/100 Medium-Risk

Reuters/Refinitiv 500+ Metric Model

88.0%

Average

S&P 1,000+ Metric Model

81.0%

Very Good, Stable Trend

Just Capital 19 Metric Model

91.3%

Exceptional

FactSet

50.0%

Average, Positive Trend

Morningstar Global Percentile (All 15,000 Rated Companies)

54.1%

Average

Just Capital Global Percentile (All 954 Rated US Companies)

81.8%

Very Good

Consensus

71%

Low-Risk, Good Risk-Management, Stable Trend

(Sources: MSCI, Morningstar, FactSet, S&P, Just Capital, Reuters)

SWK's Long-Term Risk Management Is The 174th Best In The Master List (65th Percentile)

Classification

Average Consensus LT Risk-Management Industry Percentile

Risk-Management Rating

S&P Global (SPGI) #1 Risk Management In The Master List

94

Exceptional

Strong ESG Stocks

78

Good - Bordering On Very Good

Foreign Dividend Stocks

75

Good

Stanley Black & Decker

71

Good

Ultra SWANs

71

Good

Low Volatility Stocks

68

Above-Average

Dividend Aristocrats

67

Above-Average

Dividend Kings

63

Above-Average

Master List average

62

Above-Average

Hyper-Growth stocks

61

Above-Average

Monthly Dividend Stocks

60

Above-Average

Dividend Champions

57

Average

(Source: DK Research Terminal)

SWK's risk-management consensus is in the top 35% of the world's highest quality companies and similar to that of such other blue-chips as

  • Caterpillar (CAT) - dividend aristocrat

  • British American Tobacco (BTI) - global aristocrat

  • Clorox (CLX) - dividend aristocrat

  • NextEra Energy (NEE) - dividend aristocrat

  • McCormick (MKC) - dividend aristocrat

  • Enbridge (ENB) - global aristocrat

  • Canadian National Railway (CNI) - global aristocrat

The bottom line is that all companies have risks, and SWK is good at managing theirs.

How We Monitor SWK's Risk Profile

  • 20 analysts

  • 3 credit rating agencies

  • 8 total risk rating agencies

  • 28 experts who collectively know this business better than anyone other than management

  • the bond market provides real-time fundamental risk-assessments

"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do sir?" - John Maynard Keynes

There are no sacred cows at iREIT or Dividend Kings. Wherever the fundamentals lead we always follow. That's the essence of disciplined financial science, the math behind retiring rich and staying rich in retirement.

Bottom Line: Stanley Black & Decker Is One Of The Best Dividend Aristocrat Bargains On Wall Street

Don't get me wrong when I talk about safe dividend stocks, I am always talking about dividend safety and fundamental risk.

Safe has nothing to do with short-term price volatility.

Time Frame

Historically Average Bear Market Bottom

Non-Recessionary Bear Markets Since 1965

-21% (Achieved May 20th)

Median Recessionary Bear Market Since WWII

-24% (Citigroup base case with a mild recession) June 16th

Non-Recessionary Bear Markets Since 1928

-26% (Goldman Sachs base case with a mild recession)

Average Bear Markets Since WWII

-30% (Morgan Stanley base case)

Recessionary Bear Markets Since 1965

-36% (Bank of America recessionary base case)

All 140 Bear Markets Since 1792

-37%

Average Recessionary Bear Market Since 1928

-40% (Deutsche Bank, Bridgewater, SocGen Severe Recessionary base case, Morgan Stanley Recessionary Base Case)

(Sources: Ben Carlson, Bank of America, Oxford Economics, Goldman Sachs)

No one knows when the market will finally price in the potential for recession next year. And even the most accurate blue-chip economist teams on earth disagree.

Some, like Citi and Goldman, think we've already possibly bottomed. Others, like Morgan Stanley, think the market has over 20% more to fall IF we get a recession next year (not a guarantee by any means).

If the market does roll over again, I fully expect SWK to fall a bit more.

But at some point, it will become too cheap to fall any more, and at that point the best-coiled spring aristocrat on Wall Street is expected to take off like a rocket.

How fast could SWK soar?

Analysts currently expect a 55% gain in 12 months.

Its fundamentals are so strong and its valuation so low, it could soar 81% and just return to fair value.

And if SWK delivers the growth that management and analysts expect over the next five years, then it could triple by merely returning to fair value.

Right now future market returns are their best in years, 60% by 2027 according to analysts.

But SWK? More than 3X that, a 200% consensus return potential.

And not from some fly-by-night non-profitable tech stock, but one of the world's most dependable blue-chips.

Here is what I can say with 80% confidence.

  • SWK is one of the world's safest, most dependable, and highest quality companies on earth

  • and one of the most undervalued aristocrats on Wall Street

  • 3.1% very safe yield

  • 14.1% CAGR long-term total return guidance

  • 44% discount to fair value = potential Ultra Value strong buy

  • 9.7X earnings

  • about 200% consensus return potential over the next five years, 22% CAGR, 3X more than the S&P 500

  • about 2X better risk-adjusted expected returns of the S&P 500 over the next five years

I can't tell you when SWK will bottom, or when the market will bottom.

But I can say that, based on a careful examination of the best available facts, anyone buying SWK is likely to feel like a stock market genius in 5+ years.

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