We don't talk much about Molex
Today, the connection manufacturer hooked up shareholders with a couple of rewards: a 50% dividend boost and a reauthorization for up to $100 million in share repurchases. The dividend will pay on all classes of the firm's stock and will amount to $0.15 per year.
The move follows a strong showing for the fourth fiscal quarter and full year. Last week, the firm reported a $155.8 million revenue increase, or about 33% (28% without foreign exchange benefits), to $631.8 million, with earnings coming in at $0.30 per share, much better than a charge-deflated $0.01 per share from the prior-year quarter.
For the full year, sales climbed 22%, and earnings rose 110%. The company ended the period with nearly $340 million in cash and marketable securities, while carrying only $14 million in long-term obligations. That looks like a decent position, and it is, especially considering the jittery reception the firm got from investors just a few years back.
And though we applaud payouts here at the Fool -- and we even have a dedicated, full-time dividend hunter -- Molex's shareholder largesse is a mere trickle, coming to a 0.5% yield. The firm's valuation also looks a bit disconnected from reality. It's priced at more than 50 times last year's free cash flow and more than 30 times earnings.
True, management foresees an earnings increase around 40% for next year, but with heavy capital expenditures putting a squeeze on free cash flow and competition from the likes of Amphenol
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