Analysts Views Mixed on Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU)

An Analyst has recently weighed in on Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU). Matthew McConnell of RBC Capita Outperform with a $26.00 price target or 19.87% upside to the last closing price on October 08, 2015.

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Sep 30, 2015 Robert C. Arzbaecher, Chairman, President and CEO of Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU), “Fourth quarter sales and operating earnings were in line with our expectations and reflect the continuing impact of the downturn across key end markets including energy, agriculture and general industrial. Our focus remains on tightly managing costs while continuing to fund our best growth initiatives across the businesses. On the cost front, we again achieved a year-over-year percentage reduction in SA&E expense greater than the decline in revenues. However, gross profit and operating margins in the fourth quarter were down due to the adverse impact of lower production and absorption levels associated with inventory destocking, approximately $3 million of downsizing costs, unfavorable sales mix, and negative purchase price variances driven by the stronger US dollar. We were especially pleased with the strong fourth quarter cash flow which drove our 15th consecutive year of free cash flow conversion of net earnings in excess of 100%, which provides the fuel for future business growth. Given our expectations of continued sluggish demand in fiscal 2016, we are undertaking actions to further simplify our business and rationalize the cost structure. This will position Actuant for stronger profitable growth as end market demand improves. We expect fiscal 2016 to be a transformative year for Actuant and I am excited to be able to launch these important actions to help achieve our vision.”

Actuant Corporation (NYSE:ATU) is a diversified industrial company serving customers from operations in more than 30 countries. The Actuant businesses are leaders in a broad array of niche markets including branded hydraulic tools and solutions, specialized products and services for energy markets and highly engineered position and motion control systems. The Company was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Actuant trades on the NYSE under the symbol ATU.

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