In Focus – AOS

Determining whether a firm is one of the best stocks to buy now requires a detailed examination of that firm. In this report, we will be focusing on A.O. Smith Corporation.

Background

A.O. Smith (AOS) is a manufacturer of water heating equipment. The company serves both commercial and residential markets, primarily in the U.S. And it is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The company operates in one segment, Water Products. Water Products business includes water heaters, water heating equipment, copper-tube boilers, water treatment products, and water tanks.

Stock Fundamentals

AOS maintains a fairly conservative balance sheet. This is good, because its core business can be quite erratic. It has some of the lowest scores for the consistency of its growth of any firm we cover, and its beta is definitely on the high side.

The news isn’t all bad. Over the last seven to eight years, AOS has been able to grow its dividend along with its profits. AOS deserves high marks for the reliability with which it has grown its dividends since (at least) the crisis year of 2008.

Unfortunately the market has recognized this ability as well. The price of A.O. Smith’s stock is now almost 700 percent higher than it was at the end of 2008.

AOS is a good company; but it is not a good stock. It is justifiably richly priced. And it presents no bargain. We do not consider AOS one of the best stocks to buy now.

Stat Sheet – A.O. Smith Corporation    4/29/16

Ticker AOS
Industry Electronic Instruments & Controls
Price $ 77.33
Market Cap  $ 6859
Dividend Yield 1.24
Dividend/CFOp 0.203
Equity/Assets 0.547
Average Equity/Assets 0.411
Financial Strength Above Average
Growth Prospects Average
Beta 1.48
Price Volatility Above Average
Stock Fundamentals C

(Our assessment of this firm’s fundamentals will be in effect for the rest of calendar year 2016.)

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In Focus – AOS

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