Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Bearish Case for Johnson Controls Inc Stock (JCI)

Johnson Controls  (NYSE: JCI  ) investors will be buoyed by the stock's recent strong run, but can it continue? Management has ample reason to believe it can improve revenue and margin growth across its segments in 2015. I've already examined the bullish case for the stock in a previous article; now it's time to look at the bearish case.

3 bearish factors for Johnson Controls

Before going into detail, I should note that I'm positive on management's restructuring efforts and internal execution. However, the company's valuation and the potential for deterioration in China's economy -- and ultimately car sales -- suggest there may be better ways to play the other positive end-market trends the company is seeing. (More on that in a future article.)

The company's segmental income in fiscal 2014 was a roughly three-way split among the building efficiency (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), power solutions (car batteries), and automotive experience (car seating and interiors) businesses. Two of the three risks the company faces relate specifically to the auto experience segment.


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