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Business Description

Industry: Industrial Products » Diversified Industrials    NAICS: 333249    SIC: 3559
Traded in other countries:25X.Germany,
Spx Flow Inc is engaged in engineering, designing and manufacturing of flow control systems integral to process, blend, transport, meter, filter and dehydrate various types of fluids, gases, and powders across a range of applications.

SPX Flow Inc was incorporated in Delaware. It is engaged in engineering, designing and manufacturing of flow control systems integral to process, blend, transport, meter, filters and dehydrate various types of fluids, gases and powders across a range of applications. Its business is organized into three reportable segments including Food & Beverage, Power & Energy and Industrial. The Food and Beverage reportable segment operates in a regulated industry with customers who demand engineered, turn-key solutions. Key demand drivers include dairy consumption, emerging market capacity expansion, sustainability and productivity initiatives, customer product innovation and food safety. Key products for the segment includes mixing, drying, evaporation & separation systems & components, heat exchangers and reciprocating & centrifugal pump technologies. Its brands include Anhydro, APV, Bran+Luebbe, Gerstenberg Schroeder, LIGHTNIN, Seital and Waukesha CherryBurrell. The Power and Energy reportable segment primarily serves customers in the oil & gas industry and, to a lesser extent, the nuclear and other conventional power industries. Key products for the segment includes pumps, valves and the related accessories, while the core brands include APV, Bran+Luebbe, ClydeUnion Pumps, Copes-Vulcan, Dollinger Filtration, LIGHTNIN, M&J Valve, Plenty and Vokes. The Industrial reportable segment primarily serves customers in the chemical, air treatment, mining, pharmaceutical, marine, shipbuilding, infrastructure construction, general industrial and water treatment industries. Key products for the segment are air dryers, filtration equipment, mixers, pumps, hydraulic technologies and heat exchangers. Core brands include Airpel, APV, Bolting Systems, Delair, Deltech, Hankison, Jemaco. The Company operates its business in United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Germany and Denmark. Its serve the food and beverage, power and energy and industrial markets. Its product portfolio of pumps, valves, mixers, filters, air dryers, hydraulic tools, homogenizers, separators and heat exchangers, along with the related aftermarket parts and services, supports industries, including food and beverage, oil and gas, power generation, chemical processing, compressed air and mining. Its competitors include Alfa Laval AB, Flowserve Corporation, GEA Group AG, IDEX Corporation, ITT Gould Pumps, Sulzer Ltd., KSB AG, Sulzer Ltd and Tetra Pak International S.A.

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Third Avenue Management Comments on SPX Flow - Dec 10, 2015

SPX Flow (NASDAQ:FLOW) is a global supplier of flow control equipment including pumps, valves, mixers, filters, air dryers, separators and heat exchangers serving the food and beverage, power and energy and industrial markets. The company was spun out of SPX Corporation in September. The original SPX Corporation management team moved over to SPX Flow where they are continuing to execute on their multi-year restructuring efforts.

Post spin, management has already increased its segment operating margin targets, and announced plans to expand low cost manufacturing in Poland while shifting production from two higher cost European manufacturing facilities. Management is also focused on improving their material sourcing, streamlining the back office operations and reducing expenses.

From its post-spin levels of just under 3x debt to EBITDA, SPXFlow’s products should benefit from secular long-term growth in the dairy industry as developing nations increase their consumption. Although SPX Flow is facing a cyclical downturn in upstream oil and gas activity, this activity accounts for only 14% of total company revenue. The remaining power and energy businesses should benefit from increased demand from the midstream and power sectors. The industrial segment which primarily serves chemical and air processing industries should remain fairly stable.

We expect the company will generate around $100 million of free cash flow a year representing an 8% free cash flow yield which management will likely use to repay debt—the company’s leverage ratio is just over 2x—and eventually make acquisitions in the highly fragmented pump and valve industry. We also believe that SPX Flow could be an attractive acquisition target for a larger flow control peer, providing another aspect of our downside protection for the shares. At our purchase cost, we see roughly 40% upside to our mid-case NAV.

From Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio)'s Small-Cap Value Fund fourth quarter 2015 portfolio manager commentary.

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Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $1,996
EPS (TTM) $ -9.20
Short Percentage of Float1.57%
52-Week Range $16.25 - 36.83
Shares Outstanding (Mil)42.30

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Dec17 Dec18 Dec19
Revenue (Mil $) 1,897 1,933 2,014
EPS ($) 1.77 2.31 2.80
EPS w/o NRI ($) 1.77 2.31 2.80
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