Illinois Tool Works
Illinois Tool Works (ITW) manufactures industrial products and equipment. It operates through the following segments, Automotive OEM, Test & Measurement and Electronics, Food Equipment, Polymers & Fluids, Welding, Construction Products, and Specialty Products.
For Q2 2022, ITW reported revenue of $3.9 billion representing a year-on-year growth rate of 11%. EPS of $2.11 was recorded, which was flat. Both revenue and EPS were marginally above consensus. The company’s operating margin decreased from 25.5% to 22.7% while return on invested capital declined to 27.6% from 32.1% in Q1 2021.
Despite current economic headwinds, ITW raised full-year revenue growth guidance to between 8.5% and 11.5%. EPS guidance was hiked to between $9.00 to $9.40 per share, an increase of between 11% and 16%.
ITW is one of 65 companies in the S&P 500 that has qualified as a so-called dividend aristocrat. Dividend aristocrats are companies that have increased dividends for at least 25 years and in ITW’s case the company has increased its dividend for a staggering 51 consecutive years. In our view, ITW has a wide economic moat with the company holding over 17,000 granted and pending patents. ITW is held in our global managed portfolios as well as the Cratos BCI Worldwide Flexible Fund.