Shares of Stanley Black & Decker SWK have lost 56.7% in the year-to-date period compared with the industry’s 41.8% decline. Supply-chain disruptions, raw material cost inflation, foreign currency headwinds and weakness in the Tools & Outdoor segment have been weighing on the stock’s performance.
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Supply-chain restrictions, primarily semiconductor constraints and logistics and input cost increases, are weighing on Stanley Black’s operations. Escalating cost of sales and selling, general and administrative expenses, pose a threat to the company’s bottom line. In the first nine months of 2022, cost of sales jumped 28.6% year over year while selling, general and administrative expenses climbed 15.6%.
Reduced retail and consumer demand have been a drag on the Tools & Outdoor segment’s performance. The segment is seeing lower volumes due to reduced consumer spending as a result of an increase in interest rates and spike in fuel prices. The company expects Tools & Outdoor organic revenues to decline mid-to-high single digits in 2022.
Stanley Black has operations in multiple nations. Such business diversifications expose it to risks stemming from unfavorable movements in foreign currencies, geopolitical issues and other headwinds. In third-quarter 2022, foreign currency translation had a negative impact of 4% on sales.
Due to a volatile demand environment, especially softness in North American consumer and European markets, cost inflation and foreign currency headwinds, SWK has lowered its 2022 earnings forecast. The company now expects adjusted earnings per share of $4.15-$4.65 per share compared with $5.00-$6.00 guided previously.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Stanley Black currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
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