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Illinois Tool Works (ITW) Stock Analysis

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Illinois Tool Works Dividend

(updated 10/13/2017)

The Illinois Tool Works (ITW) dividend has been paid continuously since 1933 and increased for 42 consecutive years; qualifying the company as a Dividend Aristocrat and Dividend Champion.

Price: $152.70
Current Dividend: $3.12

Dividend Yield: 2.0%
Cash Dividend Payout Ratio: 45%

Market Capitalization: 53 B
Enterprise Value: 58 B


Sector: Industrials
Industry: Diversified Industrials

Illinois Tool Works is a manufacturing conglomerate of industrial products and equipment. The company has been pieced together over decades with hundreds of acquisitions. Revenue is near evenly split between North America and the rest of the world (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia).

The company is divided into seven segments:

Automotive OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) (21% of Revenues)

ITW is a leading niche supplier of unique technical and manufacturing products and services including producing components, fasteners, and assemblies for automobiles and light trucks.

Test and Measurement (15%):

Provides refined test and measurement solutions for maintenance, repairs, and operations (MRO). Products include equipment, consumables, and testing and measurement software.

Food Equipment (16%)

Products and services for restaurants and food retailers.

Specialty Products (14%)

ITW focuses on niche opportunities that provide above average margins including consumables, appliance components, coding and marking equipment, etc.

Polymers & Fluids (12%)

ITW produces lubricants and fluids, adhesives, sealants, janitorial and hygiene products, and polymers for auto aftermarket maintenance and appearance.

Construction Products (12%)

Supplier of branded fastening systems and solutions for the construction industry. Products include anchors, fasteners, and tools for wood, truss components, metal, and concrete.

Welding (11%)

Produces value added welding equipment and specialty consumables and accessories for commercial and industrial operations.

Dividend Analyzer Checklist

(updated September 2017)

Dividend Safety Score (16/33 points)

Dividend Per Share (ttm): $2.60
Dividend Payout Ratio (ttm): 40%
Cash Dividend Payout Ratio (ttm): 45%
Cash From Operations (CFO) Per Share (ttm): $6.32
CFO Dividend Coverage (CFO / DPS): 2.4 (2/6 points)
Free Cash Flow (FCF) Per Share (ttm): $5.48
FCF Dividend Coverage (FCF / DPS): 2.1 (4/6 points)
Net Financial Debt: $5779 M
Total Assets: $15922M
Net Financial Debt / Total Assets: 36% (4/12 points)
Net Financial Debt to EBITDA (ttm): 211%
Total Liabilities to Assets Ratio (Qtr.): 70%
Piotroski Score (1-9) (TTM): (6/9 points)

Profitability & Growth Score (15/33 points)

Revenue (10 Year Growth) *CAGR > 4.14%: 0.6% (0/4 points)
EPS Basic Cont. Operations (10 Year Growth) CAGR > 4.14%: 6.8% (4/4 points)
Cash From Operations (10 Year Growth) CAGR > 4.14%: 1.1% (0/6 points)
Operating Earnings Yield (ttm): 6.7% (3/7 points)
Net Income (ttm): $2165 M
Gross Profit (ttm): $5840 M
Total Assets: $15922 M
Gross Profitability Ratio = GP / Total Assets: 37% (8/12 points)
Cash Return On Invested Capital (CROIC)(tttm): 16%
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC): 17%
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) (5 Year Median): 16%
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) (10 Year Median): 15%

Valuation Score (14/34 points)

Free Cash Flow Yield (ttm): 4.0% (5/9 points)
EV to EBIT (ttm): 15.9 (4/9 points)
EV to EBITDA (ttm): 14.0  (4/9 points)
PE10: 31.8  (1/7 points)
Price to Sales Ratio (ttm): 3.5
Price to Book Value (ttm): 10.0
Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E) (ttm): 22.5

TOTAL POINTS – (45/100) (50 is an average score)

*Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
**A Compound Annual Growth Rate of 4.14% = a 50% gain over 10 years.

Illinois Tool Works Earnings Report Dates

SWOT Analysis For Illinois Tool Works


ITW began a five year restructuring plan in 2013 that shows some signs of success. Management is implementing an 80/20 business process which focuses on the 20% of its customers and products that generate 80% of its revenues and profits. Its decentralized entrepreneurial culture allows individual businesses to be innovative and responsive to its customer needs.


Revenue growth has been almost non-existent for 10 years. Sluggish global growth has complicated the challenge to increase
organic growth. ITW depends on acquisitions in which they have been prone to pay high prices to obtain.


ITW has been restructuring its businesses into a more simple, efficient, and competitive company. They have shed some of their less profitable businesses and reduced their divisions from 800 to to 85.


Most of Illinois Tool Works businesses are mature and have inferior growth prospects. With only a small R&D budget the company has only one avenue for future growth: acquisitions.


(updated September 2017)

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) is ranked #183 (out of 342) overall and #50 (out of 71) in the Industrials Sector by the Dividend Analyzer.

Given the growth challenges facing the company and its mediocre record the last 10 years, it is an average stock with an expensive valuation.

Type of Investor / Recommendation
Large Diversified Dividend Portfolios / Avoid
Looking For Exposure to Industrials Sector / Avoid
Deep Value Investors / Avoid

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