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Why? While the Covid-19 outbreak and associated lockdowns resulted in an uncertain outlook for the broader markets, the multi-billion-dollar Fed stimulus announced in late March 2020 helped the markets stage a strong recovery. Investors are now expecting a quicker economic rebound with economies opening up gradually given the large scale vaccination programs being undertaken by several countries. This will bode well for Honeywell.
Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell) is a diversified technology and manufacturing company. It offers aircraft engines, avionics and other related products and services; control, sensing and security technologies for commercial and residential use; automotive turbochargers, specialty chemicals, electronic and advanced materials; process technology for refining and petrochemical industry; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning products and solutions for homes and businesses.
The company has a global presence and generates 41% of its net sales from outside the U.S.
We consider Honeywell's Aircraft Engines, Avionics, Transportation Systems & Others division to be a major source of value for the company because of the following reasons:
Honeywell's high research and development expenditure enables it to consistently introduce new and innovative products for the aerospace industry. Such products help increase efficiency of the aircraft and also make it easier to operate. These products continually see high demand since airline manufacturers prefer to equip their new aircraft and upgrade their old ones with the most advanced engines and equipment.
Honeywell has been a strong player in the commercial aircraft market, supplying to major commercial aircraft such as Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 Max. With the commercial aircraft market expected to grow by 36,770 aircraft in the next 20 years, Honeywell should be able to derive strong growth in value from its exposure to this market.
With the grounding of the 737-Max, we expect there to be a marginal decline in revenue attained from Boeing until 2020.
Turbochargers are gaining popularity in vehicles since they help in increasing vehicle performance and reducing fuel consumption and vehicle weight. Since Honeywell is one of the leading manufacturers of turbochargers, it has seen significant growth in its revenue due to the rise in demand for turbochargers.
As Covid-19 has resulted in restrictions on businesses, as well as movement of people, the global economy has seen a significant slowdown, and it has impacted the revenue for companies, such as Honeywell. With rapid contraction of air travel, the company’s aerospace business has taken a hit. The air travel and Honeywell's Aerospace segment sales are expected to see a rebound as the Covid-19 crisis winds down.
Airlines are presently involved in expanding their fleet size in order to support the growing demand for air travel. Additionally, airlines are replacing their old aircraft with new ones that are equipped with more advanced technologies and more efficient engines in order to save up on fuel costs. Because of these trends, Boeing estimates that around 36,770 new airplanes, amounting to $5.2 trillion, will be delivered over the next 20 years. (Link) This provides a huge opportunity for aircraft parts and engines that are manufactured by Honeywell.
That said, over the past few quarters, airline orders have slowed down considerably due to a slump in the market. However, as seen by the orders whipped up by Boeing and Airbus, the trend reversal is already here. We expect 2018 to be very bright for the airline industry as a whole.
The Asia-Pacific region constituted the largest market for HVAC equipment in 2020 and is expected to grow at a strong pace driving the global HVAC market to $277 billion in 2025, compared to $202 billion in 2020. (Link)
Developing markets such as China, India, and Indonesia will be the fastest growing markets in Asia due to the rapid economic growth, greater product availability, and high demand for cooling systems, which will drive sales of HVAC equipment in these countries. While business has slowed down in China, we expect the slump to be temporary.