Solid overall performance masked divergent results in RPM's industrial and consumer segments. Growth slowed almost to a standstill in its consumer segment, with organic sales growth, excluding foreign currency effects, of only 1.3%. However, this compares favorably to the sales declines that most other housing-related businesses have seen, including those for the carpets and floor coverings sold by Mohawk
The industrial segment drove overall growth, with 7.1% organic growth excluding currency effects. For a mature, specialty chemical manufacturer such as RPM, investors should not expect organic sales growth much above this number.
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Considering its strong pricing ability, modest growth, price-to-earnings ratio of 14, and a hefty dividend yield of 3%, RPM remains attractive to this Fool.
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