Infrastructure plays are still hot across the board, and one of the hottest continues to be General Cable
Revenue for the second quarter rose 62% on a reported basis and just about reached $1 billion. It's worth digging in deeper, though, as metal-adjusted revenue was up 19.4% and total pounds sold rose about 22%, with a bit more than half of that coming from acquisitions. Margins continue to improve as well, and the company posted very strong leverage throughout the income statement.
General Cable is seemingly most often thought of first and foremost as a power cable company, where it competes with the likes of Alcan
The industrial side is, in my opinion, underappreciated. It's difficult to do it justice in one paragraph because the company sells so many different kinds of cable and wire, but I'd point out that energy companies are among the buyers of cable, and exploration and drilling activity has been robust lately and looks to stay strong for a while.
Looking at General Cable's business and stock, I don't really see much risk that demand from power generation and the industrial side is going to fall off, particularly as companies like ABB
What does concern me some is the nature of metal prices. General Cable generally passes through metal price increases, but I'm not entirely sure what will happen when metal prices start to fall again. Underlying market demand and internal margin improvements will likely make that a temporary disruption, but any sort of disruption to a stock perceived as cyclically or commodity-sensitive could put the stock on the skids in the short run.
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