Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lennox International, Ingersoll-Rand and Johnson Controls on the HVAC market

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, or HVAC, company Lennox International is always an interesting one to follow because its results give a good perspective on a market that is very important for so many other companies. For example, companies like Ingersoll-Rand and Johnson Controls  have significant HVAC operations. The sector as a whole is also a useful barometer for the condition of the North American construction markets.

Lennox International gives mixed results
The market took a dim view of Lennox's recent results and immediately marked its stock down a few percentage points. It's a slightly harsh verdict on the earnings report since revenue came in slightly better than analyst forecasts. Moreover, the company maintained its full-year forecast of 3%-7% revenue growth at constant currency, and adjusted EPS of $4.20-$4.40; the mid-point of this range implies nearly 19% growth from 2013.