In Focus – ACCO

The purpose of our “In Focus” reports is to focus in on one company out of the 2,000 we cover, and to do a much more in-depth analysis of that one company. In this way, we can determine if that company deserves to be classified as one of the best stocks to buy now. In this report, we focus on ACCO Brands Corporation.

Background

ACCO Brands Corporation (ACCO) supplies branded office products to the office products resale industry. Specifically, it designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a variety of traditional and computer-related office products. ACCO operates in three segments: ACCO Brands America, ACCO Brands International, and Computer Products Group.

ACCO is headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois. It sells its products mainly in markets located in North America, Europe, and Australia.

Stock Fundamentals

Occasionally a firm will exhibit weak growth, but (in a sense) make up for that weak growth by also exhibiting solid and steady growth. ACCO is not one of those firms. Its growth has been both weak and erratic.

Its paper profits, cash flows, and even free cash flows have been mostly positive. This is good, but it is debatable how real these are and whether they will continue since ACCO does not have the confidence to pay a dividend. Furthermore, its financial strength is average at best. ACCO is clearly an inferior firm.

Its future growth does not look much brighter since its two biggest customers, Staples and Office Depot, will likely merge into one. This will only give its customers even more market power. It will also likely dent its sales, and reduce its margins.

The one redeeming quality ACCO has is that it is fairly cheap. Its P/E is about 11, and its other price multiples are equally low. However, this redeeming quality only makes its overall fundamentals average. We do not consider ACCO one of the best stocks to buy now.

Stat Sheet – ACCO Brands Corporation 5/2/16

Ticker ACCO
Industry Office Supplies
Price $ 9.85
Market Cap  $ 1,064
Dividend Yield 0.00
Dividend/CFOp 0.00
Equity/Assets 0.277
Average Equity/Assets NM
Financial Strength Average
Growth Prospects Average
Beta 2.08
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 – ACCO

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