HEI : NYSE : US$57.84
BUY Target: US$66.00
HEICO is a leading provider of commercial aerospace spare parts and repair services, as well as niche technology and electronic products for the space, defense, industrial, medical and other markets. The company reports its results in two operating segments: Flight Support Group (FSG) and the Electronic Technologies Group (ETG).
Transportation and Industrials — Airlines and Aerospace INITIATING COVERAGE WITH A BUY AND A $66 PRICE TARGET
Investment recommendation We are initiating coverage of HEI with a BUY recommendation and $66 price target. We believe HEI will benefit from a continued “beat-and-raise” pattern, driven largely by strong 2014 commercial aerospace results. Additional acquisitions can also be positive catalysts. While PMA sales will continue to decline as a percentage of the total, commercial aerospace sales will continue to account for over 55% of estimated 2014 revenues.
Investment highlights HEI has outperformed its initial EPS guidance by an average of 8.4% since 2005. We expect this pattern to continue in 2014. We model in Flight Support Group (FSG) segment sales up 17.2%.
In addition to the improving fundamentals and the conservative guidance, in our view the stock will maintain its valuation premium due to the prospects of additional disciplined acquisitions, historically strong cash flows, better than industry growth, and strong execution.
Valuation We are initiating with a BUY rating and a $66 price target. Our price target is based on the average of a 31.0x EPS multiple, and a 15.5x EBITDA multiple, applied to our fiscal 2015 estimates. We believe multiples at the upper end of the range are appropriate considering 2014 upside and improving fundamentals.
Risks The key risks to our thesis on HEI include airline passenger and cargo traffic, premium passenger traffic, airline profitability, new product launches and certification, airline PMA product acceptance and certification rates, product pricing, material and fuel costs, US and international defense spending, export control restrictions and trends, economic growth, interest rates, industrial production and acquisition opportunities and timing.