Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:PX)

CAPS Rating: 5 out of 5

The Company is the industrial gases supplier in North and South America, is rapidly growing in Asia, and has strong, well-established businesses in Europe.

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Member Avatar afewgoodstocks14 (< 20) Submitted: 9/5/2014 4:04:03 PM : Outperform Start Price: $130.42 PX Score: -1.80

Div. (Yield) $2.60 (2.0%)

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Member Avatar UWMFinanceProf (< 20) Submitted: 4/16/2014 1:16:42 PM : Outperform Start Price: $130.04 PX Score: -5.85

PX (Praxair) has been performing well. In fundamental analysis, its profitability outshines its competitors in industrial supply of gases and an expanding array of industrial products. While I've owned it for a year already, it is a steadily growing firm. It is not recession-proof, but with a growing economy, PX grows. I expect to hold on to this one for at least a year, probably two.

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Member Avatar john603 (55.95) Submitted: 11/30/2013 12:55:33 PM : Outperform Start Price: $123.66 PX Score: -3.24

Good div. Good industry. Very good return on assets.

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Member Avatar Teacherman333 (50.17) Submitted: 6/2/2013 5:45:34 PM : Outperform Start Price: $110.63 PX Score: -2.74

For reference point and to allow for comments by others. As of the end of March, 2013.

ROE 25.87%%
Trailing PE 20.67
PB 5.53
Div yield 2.10%

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Member Avatar TMFTailwind (60.63) Submitted: 5/15/2013 3:01:08 PM : Outperform Start Price: $111.23 PX Score: -1.67

-Customers sign long-term contracts that are indexed for inflation, which will protect margins over time (especially so in an inflationary period)
-Provides a vital product (gas) to numerous manufacturing/processing industries
-Generates strong operating cash flows and solid profit margins, and looks set to do so for a long time

Thumbs up.

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Member Avatar tobies2 (< 20) Submitted: 5/28/2012 8:40:44 AM : Outperform Start Price: $103.33 PX Score: -21.69

Gases evaporate in summer - more lost, more to replace

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Member Avatar rd80 (98.21) Submitted: 2/16/2012 9:12:14 PM : Outperform Start Price: $101.78 PX Score: -17.39

Praxair issued bonds a while back and include share repurchase in the use of proceeds. Bond move so I did a little research to see if it was also a Foolish move.
http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2012/02/15/some-gas-for-your-portfolio.aspx

Turns out the company is fairly priced with a solid track record of earnings and dividend growth. In fact, if the 19-year streak of divvy hikes continues, using record low interest borrowing to buy shares probably improves after tax cash flow in a couple of years.

Combine that with a business - industrial gasses - that should improve as the economy recovers and a green thumb is in order.

Disclosure: No position in PX at time of posting.

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Member Avatar happylew (< 20) Submitted: 12/23/2011 4:49:41 PM : Outperform Start Price: $100.67 PX Score: -26.55

It has specialty gases that industry needs

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Member Avatar sainitaly (< 20) Submitted: 10/19/2011 6:20:35 AM : Outperform Start Price: $96.88 PX Score: -26.32

growing share in Asia (where most future global growth will occur); a commitment (gaining increasing popularity) to reducing natural resources use / environmental impact; own personal gut-feel (I bought in Dec 2009 and have already earned a 30% return despite the interceding economic crises)

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Member Avatar chopchop0 (54.29) Submitted: 9/13/2011 12:42:59 PM : Outperform Start Price: $89.36 PX Score: -21.94

demand should remain stable despite economy

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Member Avatar bluegillfish (78.52) Submitted: 7/7/2011 10:29:52 PM : Outperform Start Price: $103.06 PX Score: -20.61

growth area

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Member Avatar jpriley47 (43.13) Submitted: 6/22/2011 10:51:26 PM : Outperform Start Price: $94.09 PX Score: -15.35

Strong business, strong base of operations, expanding into emerging markets rapidly and an environmentally-conscious company. Contracts provide for relatively stable profits with on-site production. Will be stable during recessions and will expand rapidly as global growth begins to increase.

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Member Avatar jemsa (< 20) Submitted: 3/28/2011 1:09:27 PM : Outperform Start Price: $93.40 PX Score: -9.90

Stable Dividends Screen

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Member Avatar bbirder1 (< 20) Submitted: 1/11/2011 11:12:59 AM : Outperform Start Price: $86.50 PX Score: -3.48

Great stock. Good dividend.

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Member Avatar randydutch (< 20) Submitted: 11/10/2010 6:43:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $84.91 PX Score: -9.06

Up and up with great dividends.

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Member Avatar 21popsontop (< 20) Submitted: 10/25/2010 1:11:07 PM : Underperform Start Price: $86.55 PX Score: +14.84

Revs stumbled in ahead of last year but are well behind 2007 and 2008 and look to be on a decline. 5 year growth lagging well behind also,sales growth taking a sputter and I can't see 1.60% div being attractive at these levels with much better and safer places % wise to put money. Insiders coming out ,expect others will follow. Nice 10 year run,could have a little juice left,as I always turn'em loose to soon,but I call'em as I see 'em ,out'a here $93.44. look'en to get on down the road before the air comes out of prax.

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Member Avatar mookimd (53.33) Submitted: 3/22/2010 1:30:54 PM : Outperform Start Price: $74.78 PX Score: +5.59


Strengths and Growth Prospects
-Praxair Inc. is the largest industrial gases supplier in the world, supplying primarily atmospheric gases and related services to a multitude of end markets.
-On-site tonnage comes with 10-20 year contracts set in place, which provides a reliable revenue stream
-Praxair serves over 25 different end markets in various regions, with over 50% of their revenues from sources outside the U.S.
-Gross margins holding at 40% over last 10 years
-Return on assets rising over 10 year period from
-Strong backlog and pricing power
-High barriers of entry due to the importance of uniformity and reliability
-Lowering overhead costs to (partially) offset economic slowdown
-Diversified customers (e.g. industrial gases used in energy, electronics, chemicals, metals, manufacturing, healthcare, aerospace and food & beverage)
-Strategic acquisitions boosting earnings
-42 on-site production plants under construction (as of February 2009)
-Operational efficiency caters to consumers’ demands
-Dividend yield of 2% with 5-year dividend growth rate of 26%
-PEG of 1.7 (compared to S&P 500 of 2)
-New projects in South America, China, India and Korea
-Acquired 15 packaged gases distributors in the U.S. and Canada. Scale matters a lot in the industrial gases industry and organic growth is not always the optimal strategy.
-International exposure capable of driving strong growth in the future
-Lion’s share of patents relating to technology for carbon capture and sequestration (CCS)
-Praxair was one of only 12 companies that made the cut to participate in the government's $1.4 billion CCS race.

Weaknesses and Potential Challenges
-Possibly over-valued: P/E and P/B high (even though in line with historical valuation)
-Profitability will struggle as long as economic woes persist
-High debt with a long-term debt/equity ratio

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Member Avatar A00971591 (69.72) Submitted: 10/8/2009 5:19:04 PM : Outperform Start Price: $73.57 PX Score: -7.35

Lots of talk generated about companies that have international positions compared to those that rely solely on the US. I like what this company has done to get a piece of the international market

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Member Avatar TheBigLab (52.99) Submitted: 7/22/2009 10:17:46 PM : Outperform Start Price: $66.68 PX Score: -11.32

Just will

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