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Is Terex the Right Industrial Sector Stock to Own to Ride the Economic Recovery?


  • Heavy gov’t spending on infrastructure drives top-line growth
  • Costs cuts to drive sustainably higher margins
  • Strong ROE and ROIC might be overlooked by the market

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Terex Corporation’s revenue breakdown 2020

Sideward movement could last much longer

  • Throughout the past year, the stock price mainly moved sideward
    • Since 3Q21, the 50DMA moved in line with 200DMA, providing no clear signal yet
  • Volume RSI has been weak recently
    • Currently, it is at the 50%-line, which also does not help to derive a meaningful conclusion

Heavy gov’t spending on infrastructure drives top-line growth

  • Most of Terex customers are dependent on gov’t funding for infrastructure projects, e.g., highway construction
  • The US gov’t has increased its spending by over 50% in 2020 and 2021 compared to previous years
    • The heightened level of spending is likely to stay over the next few years, providing good growth opportunities for the industrials sector

Near-term strength already reflected in backlog

  • In 3Q21, Terex’s backlog stood at US$2.7bn, which is double than the average backlog of previous years
    • Therefore, I expect strong revenue growth in the upcoming 3 years

Costs cuts to drive sustainably higher margins

  • Terex continued its efforts to reduce its costs and drive its margin closer to the level of its competitors
    • Therefore, the management considered divestments of inefficient business
    • In 2019, Terex sold its crane business
  • The efforts start to pay off as the operating profit achieves a higher level
    • I see some more room for the operating profit to expand

Strong ROE and ROIC might be overlooked by the market

  • Both ROIC and ROE could climb up to 20% in 21E
  • The company needs to prove itself to maintain such a heightened level of profitability
    • If the company is able to do so, it could be a key catalyst for a re-rating
    • Given the strong demand outlook, I believe that the market should be more optimistic about the profit growth

FVMR Scorecard – Terex Corporation

  • A stock’s attractiveness relative to stocks in that country or region
  • Attractiveness is based on four elements
    • Fundamentals, Valuation, Momentum, and Risk (FVMR)
  • Scale from 1 (Best) to 10 (Worst)

Consensus sees strong upside

  • The majority of analysts issued a BUY recommendation, while 6 analysts recommend a HOLD
  • Consensus expects strong revenue prospects, and a rising margin
    • Considering growing infrastructure spending, the company could realize the targets

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P&L – Terex Corporation

  • The company is likely to turnaround its loss in 2020 and recognize strong profits in 21E and 22E

Balance sheet – Terex Corporation

  • Significant increases in inventories and receivables as sales volume likely to ramp up as shown by the strong backlog
  • The company started to reduce its long-term debt
    • In 3Q21, its net debt-to-equity ratio stood at 0.3x, compared to 0.6x in 2020

Ratios – Terex Corporation

  • The company is characterized by a strong efficiency, which also boosts future return on equity
  • With the increased focus on its most profitable products, Terex could return to a gross margin above 20%, with further room to improve over time

Long-term share price performance potential

Free cash flow – Terex Corporation

  • FCFF has been consistently positive, and there is no reason to assume differently in the future

Value estimate – Terex Corporation

  • Similar to consensus, I expect strong revenue and a margin improvement
    • Terex is likely to ride the demand wave induced by gov’t infrastructure support
  • The company is highly cyclical reflected in the above-average beta of 1.25x

World Class Benchmarking Scorecard – Terex Corporation

  • Identifies a company’s competitive position relative to global peers
  • Combined, composite rank of profitability and growth, called “Profitable Growth”
  • Scale from 1 (Best) to 10 (Worst)

Key risk is intensified price competition

  • Low-cost competitors from China could result in loss of customers
  • Its customers are dependent on gov’t spending
  • Dependency on suppliers can lead to volatile margin


  • Ramp up of gov’t infrastructure spending makes it worth to look at industrial companies
  • Terex has room to expand its margin, making it a profitable growth play
  • Valuation is relatively cheap, trading at a 50% discount

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