Which Household Product Stock Presents the Most Upside?http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/10/24/which-household-product-stocks-presents-the-most-u.aspx Brian Nichols
October 24, 2013
WD-40 (NASDAQ: WDFC) and Church & Dwight (NYSE: CHD) have been top-performing household product stocks over the last few years. Yet strangely, when you consider growth and valuation both fall short from matching the upside of another industry competitor.
Impressive quarter and an outperforming stock
It is quite impressive for a household product company to experience double-digit revenue growth. While net income did decline 9% in the quarter, the company's 12% rise in net income for its fiscal year represents an increase in overall margins .
Currently, the Americas remain WD-40's largest segment, providing 50% of total revenue. However, Europe, Middle East, and Africa is producing the greatest growth -- 25% in the fourth quarter which accounted for 38% of total revenue . It is this particular segment that has been the growth driver, which has many believing that total sales could continue to see high single-digit growth next year.
The problem for WD-40 is that after revenue growth of roughly 20% over the last four years, its stock has surged 120%, thus increasing its premium. Currently, WD-40 trades at 2.88 times sales and 27.5 times earnings. Clearly, both metrics are above S&P 500 averages and are higher than what's typically seen with household product stocks.
A slightly better option, but still pricey
In particular, during its last quarter the company delivered sales growth of 13.1%. It also expects annual growth in the high single to low double digits. For the fourth consecutive quarter Church & Dwight delivered 100 plus basis point gross margin expansion that shows that its business is improving in efficiency .
In terms of valuation, it trades at 24 times earnings and 2.79 times sales. Clearly, Church & Dwight is not only a cheaper stock but it is growing just as fast as WD-40. This likely makes Church & Dwight a better investment option.
A far superior value
The company is a bit different, operating in construction, industrial, and the security businesses, but it still sells products found throughout the home. Last week it saw large losses after lowering full-year organic growth guidance from 4%-5% to 3 %. In comparison, 3% organic growth is consistent with those of both Church & Dwight and WD-40.
In fact, Stanley Black & Decker's third quarter organic growth of 4% translated to overall revenue gains of 10% year over year. The company then saw gains in volume, pricing, and acquisitions but saw a 1% decline in currency exchange .
Overall, Stanley Black & Decker's quarter was not that bad. The losses came as a result of overpromising and under delivering, yet the fundamentals are still nice and expectations have since been lowered. The comp