It's Time to Part Ways With Air Products and Chemicals

Air Products and Chemicals is a great company whose market price simply reflects the hope that activist investor Bill Ackman can help it unlock more value.

Chuck Saletta
Chuck Saletta
Apr 28, 2014 at 8:03PM
Investment Planning

Air Products and Chemicals (NYSE:APD) is a selection for the real-money Inflation-Protected Income Growth portfolio. In this brief video, portfolio manager Chuck Saletta talks about why he plans to part ways with Air Products & Chemicals' stock despite its great performance.

Air Products and Chemicals still looks like an operationally solid company with strong cash flows. It has a decent balance sheet and a covered and growing dividend. It has a great culture for growth and still looks like it has a decent potential future.

The one key problem: its valuation. Activist investor Bill Ackman has called it a $200 stock with the right leaders in place. The company's market price reflects a bit of hope that he's right, above and beyond what the company looks to be worth based on its fundamentals.

As a result, the iPIG portfolio plans to sell its stake once the Fool's disclosure policy allows, as long as Air Products and Chemicals' stock remains above $115.

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