Published on May 2nd, 2022 by Bob Ciura
In 2021, Tennant Company (TNC) increased its dividend by for the 50th consecutive year. As a result, it has joined the list of Dividend Kings.
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Tennant Company is a reliable dividend growth stock that can increase its dividend, even during recessions.
At the same time, the stock appears significantly undervalued right now, making Tennant Company stock a buy for income investors.
Tennant Company is a machinery company that produces cleaning products and that offers cleaning solutions to its customers. In the US, the company holds the market leadership position in its industry, but the company also sells its products in more than 100 additional countries around the globe. Tennant was founded in 1870.
Tennant Company reported its fourth quarter earnings results on February 24. The company announced that it generated revenues of $280 million during the quarter, which was 1% more than the top line number from the previous year’s quarter. Revenues continued to recover from the previous year, which was still feeling some lingering effects of the pandemic. Revenues also were up slightly on a sequential basis.
Tennant Company generated earnings-per-share of $0.71 during the fourth quarter, which was more than what the analyst community had forecasted, as the consensus estimate was beaten by $0.08.
The company hit the high-end of its earnings-per-share guidance for 2021, with earnings-per-share coming in at $4.39, up strongly versus 2021.
Source: Investor Presentation
Management is forecasting that adjusted earnings-per-share will fall into a range of $4.40 to $5.00 in 2022, which would be a strong improvement versus 2021, and which means new record profits for the current year.
Tennant Company’s earnings-per-share were quite lumpy over the last decade. Overall, the trend pointed upwards, but there were a lot of ups and downs; the company has not been able to grow its earnings consistently.
Between 2010 and 2019, Tennant Company recorded an average annual earnings-per-share growth rate of 7%.
Tennant Company’s earnings-per-share saw some ups and downs in that time frame, however, such as in 2017, when profits were down considerably versus the previous year.
The company expects 2022 to be a strong year overall.
Source: Investor Presentation
Tennant has plans to grow its sales inorganically, especially in the Asia/Pacific region, where it benefits from above-average market growth rates.
The takeover of Chinese cleaning equipment company Gaomei improves Tennant’s sales outlook in the Chinese market, as well as in other Asian markets, over the next couple of years.
As the coronavirus impact wanes, synergies from this acquisition and other moves to bolster the overall profitability and the business in Asia will increasingly pay off and should deliver attractive earnings growth for Tennant.
We expect 8% annual earnings-per-share growth over the next five years for Tennant.
Competitive Advantages & Recession Performance
Tennant Company is the leader in the US cleaning machines market. This serves as a competitive advantage, as Tennant Company’s market leadership allows for better economics of scale and a superior sales network compared to its peers.
During the last financial crisis, Tennant remained profitable, but its earnings still suffered considerably. Tennant’s earnings-per-share throughout the Great Recession of 2007-2009 are listed below:
- 2007 earnings-per-share of $1.79
- 2008 earnings-per-share of $1.35 (24.6% decline)
- 2009 earnings-per-share of $0.65 (51.8% decline)
- 2010 earnings-per-share of $1.31 (101.5% increase)
As you can see, Tennant’s earnings-per-share declined significantly in 2008 and 2009, showing that the company is vulnerable to economic downturns. The company proceeded to more than double its earnings-per-share in 2010, which also shows the company can rebound quickly from recessions.
The company reported earnings-per-share growth in 2020 and 2021, when the coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy into a recession.
Valuation & Expected Returns
Tennant is expected to generate earnings-per-share of $4.70 for 2022. Based on this, the stock trades for a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.5. Our fair value estimate is a price-to-earnings ratio of 19. Thus, the stock appears significantly undervalued. An expanding price-to-earnings ratio could increase annual returns by 7.1% each year over the next five years.
Future returns will also be comprised of earnings-per-share growth, and dividends. We expect Tennant to grow earnings-per-share each year by 8%, consisting of organic revenue growth and acquisitions.
In addition, shares have a 1.5% current dividend yield. The combination of valuation changes, earnings growth, and dividends results in total expected returns of 16.6% per year over the next five years. We rate the stock a buy.
Tennant Company has been valued at high multiples throughout the last decade. This is somewhat surprising, as its growth has been solid, but not outstanding. Still, based on our earnings-per-share estimate, shares are trading slightly below what we deem a fair valuation for the company.
Tennant has a secure dividend, with a projected dividend payout ratio of ~21% for 2022. This gives the company enough room to continue increasing the dividend at rate in-line with the growth rate of its adjusted EPS.
Tennant Company is the leader in the niche market that the company serves. Organic growth and acquisitions should fuel a solid growth rate over the next several years. Shareholders should also see continued dividend increases each year.
Following a strong 2021, Tennant will likely see its profits rise further in 2022. Tennant shares have high expected total returns, which is why we rate the stock a buy.
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- The Dividend Achievers List: a group of stocks with 10+ years of consecutive dividend increases.
- The Dividend Aristocrats List: S&P 500 stocks with 25+ years of dividend increases.
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- The Blue Chip Stocks List: stocks that qualify as Dividend Achievers, Dividend Aristocrats, and/or Dividend Kings
- The High Dividend Stocks List: stocks that appeal to investors interested in the highest yields of 5% or more.
- The Monthly Dividend Stocks List: stocks that pay dividends every month, for 12 dividend payments per year.
- The Dividend Champions List: stocks that have increased their dividends for 25+ consecutive years.
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- The Dividend Contenders List: 10-24 consecutive years of dividend increases.
- The Dividend Challengers List: 5-9 consecutive years of dividend increases.
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