Topic: Growth Stocks

TEMPUR SEALY $55.01 – New York symbol TPX

TEMPUR SEALY $55.01 (New York symbol TPX; TSINetwork Rating: Speculative)(800-878-8889;; Shares outstanding: 60.9 million; Market cap: $3.4 billion; No dividends paid) completed its $1.3- billion purchase of rival Sealy in 2013. This was a major acquisition for Tempur Sealy (formerly Tempur- Pedic), but it has let the company diversify into traditional spring-coil beds.

The purchase is also helping Tempur Sealy offset rising competition in its current business; the company makes and distributes mattresses and neck pillows made of its Tempur material, which conforms to the body to provide support and alleviate pressure points.

Competition remains high

Competitors Simmons Bedding and Serta have both successfully launched memory-foam mattresses that directly compete with Tempur Sealy’s products.

In the quarter ended December 31, 2014, the company’s revenue rose 9.9%, to $745.5 million from $678.1 million a year earlier. North American sales rose 16.0% and international sales were up 3.3%. Sealy sales gained 8.2%. Excluding one-time items, earnings per share rose 30.3%, to $0.86 from $0.66.

The company’s long-term prospects are sound, but the stock trades at a high 18.6 times Tempur Sealy’s forecast 2015 earnings of $2.95 a share.

While the Sealy acquisition should pay off, a major purchase like this can always backfire. As well, selling conventional mattresses may not suit Tempur Sealy’s marketing expertise. The company’s long-term debt of $1.5 billion is also a high 44% of its $3.4-billion market cap.

Tempur Sealy is a hold.


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