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Sydnee Gatewood
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Longleaf Partners Comments on Carrier

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July 15, 2020 | About:
Carrier (NYSE:CARR) (63%, 2.41%), the HVAC manufacturer that was spun out of United Technologies at the beginning of April, was a positive contributor. Though it was initially overshadowed by the simultaneous spin of more expensive Otis Elevators, which we sold soon after its distribution, Carrier is a high-quality business. We bought additional Carrier shares when the stock traded at less than half our appraisal and a 7x trailing P/E, against similar competitors trading at 13-17x. Carrier owns strong brands and has a reasonable debt load. As a result of COVID shutdowns and abnormally high growth in last years first quarter, Carriers first-quarter 2020 organic revenue declined 9% year-over-year, and its operating income 12%. The company still earned healthy FCF. In March and April, CEO Dave Gitlin conserved cash by deferring capital expenditures and implementing permanent cost savings. We expect Carriers financial performance to improve significantly for the next several years as a focused independent company.

From Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)' Longleaf Partners Fund second-quarter 2020 commentary.

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Sydnee Gatewood
I am the editorial director at GuruFocus. I have a BA in journalism and a MA in mass communications from Texas Tech University. I have lived in Texas most of my life, but also have roots in New Mexico and Colorado. Follow me on Twitter! @gurusydneerg

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