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AO Smith sees stable demand; Jefferies maintains hold with $90 stock PT

EditorIsmeta Mujdragic
Published 05/29/2024, 11:29 AM

On Wednesday, Jefferies confirmed its Hold rating on AO Smith (NYSE:AOS) Corporation shares (NYSE:AOS), maintaining a $90.00 price target.

Following a discussion with John Altepeter, an AOS water heater representative in the Tennessee region, the firm highlighted several positive aspects of the company's performance and market position. The key points from the call included steady current demand for AO Smith's products and an expectation for flat volume in 2024.

Additionally, recent pricing strategies were reportedly well-received by the distribution channel.

The report also noted that inventory levels have stabilized, suggesting efficient management of supply chain and stock. Further, the analysis indicated that the entry of General Electric (NYSE:GE) into the market has not disrupted AO Smith's business, which could be seen as a testament to the company's competitive resilience. The representative emphasized the significance of brand loyalty and strong distributor relationships in sustaining AO Smith's market presence.

Moreover, AO Smith was recognized for its robust commercial offerings, which may continue to support its market share in the industry. The firm's assessment points to a consistent performance by AO Smith in the near term, without signaling any immediate changes in market dynamics that could significantly affect the company's stock performance.

Jefferies' reiteration of the Hold rating and price target reflects a steady outlook for the company, based on the insights shared by the regional representative.

InvestingPro Insights

As Jefferies maintains a steady outlook on AO Smith Corporation, the latest data from InvestingPro reinforces the company's strong financial position. AO Smith holds more cash than debt on its balance sheet, indicating a solid financial foundation. Furthermore, the company has demonstrated a commitment to shareholder returns, having raised its dividend for 15 consecutive years, a streak that is maintained as dividends have been paid for 16 consecutive years. This commitment is underscored by a dividend yield of 1.55% as of the last twelve months ending Q1 2024, with a growth of 6.67% in the same period.

From a valuation perspective, AO Smith's P/E ratio is 21.36, which adjusts to a slightly more attractive 20.6 when considering the last twelve months as of Q1 2024. This is particularly compelling when paired with a PEG ratio of just 0.15, suggesting that the company's earnings growth could be undervalued. Despite a high Price/Book multiple of 6.43, investors may find the low price volatility of AO Smith's stock appealing, as it could indicate a level of stability in their investment.

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