Controls market posts significant gains in 2Q03

Performance of the controls industry improved greatly in the second quarter (2Q03), mirroring the market in general. The Control Engineering (CE) Stock Index tracks the market value of companies that are acknowledged leaders in the controls and automation fields. Some of the larger companies have only small divisions engaged in industrial controls products and systems, but they generally cont...

08/01/2003


Performance of the controls industry improved greatly in the second quarter (2Q03), mirroring the market in general. The Control Engineering


(CE) Stock Index tracks the market value of companies that are acknowledged leaders in the controls and automation fields. Some of the larger companies have only small divisions engaged in industrial controls products and systems, but they generally contribute about 20% of the volume.

The CE Index was more compatible with the NASDAQ, which is heavy with high-tech, smaller companies. The CE improved 23% in 2Q03, compared to 21% for the NASDAQ. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 improved 12% and 15% respectively in 2Q03.


Meanwhile, the controls industry's Market Value and EPS indexes are finally tracking each other, which is what is expected. They were quite scattered over the past two years, but the good news is that they were both on the way up in 2Q03. Only two companies in the CE Index showed a decrease in market value from the previous quarter. The 23% increase for all the companies was fueled, not so much by a 68% increase by a small company, but a 48% increase by Tyco, which is the index's second largest company.

Overall earnings picture for the controls field is a bit more muddled. Only three of the CE Index's companies had positive increases; two had less negative earnings; while six had decreased earnings. Two companies had no change. However, all of this was overshadowed by the total 23% increase in earnings for all of the companies. With an improvement like this in the second quarter, it looks like 2003 will end up on better terms than the past two years.

Control Engineering Stock Index

Stock prices ($) at close 3/31/03

($) at close 6/30/03

% chg. in 2Q03

52-wk high

Annual div. yield

Price/earn. ratio

12-mo. EPS ($)

Yield = % based on closing price EPS = earnings per share Div. = dividend
Source: Control Engineering with data from Cnet Networks Inc.(San Francisco, CA, www.investor.cnet.com , 415/344-2836)

Ametek Inc. 33.01

36.65

11.03

40.10

0.06

15

2.49

Badger Meter 30.74

25.75

-16.23

34.00

0.26

15

1.92

Danaher Corp. 65.76

68.05

3.48

71.83

0.02

23

3.08

Eaton Corp. 69.95

78.61

12.38

84.37

0.44

19

4.45

Emerson Electric 45.35

51.10

12.68

58.50

0.39

23

2.43

Flowserve 11.65

19.67

68.84

32.31

0.14

18

1.03

Honeywell 21.36

26.85

25.70

37.92

0.19

-66

-0.41

K-Tron International 15.90

14.73

-7.36

18.00

0

12

1.36

National Instruments 35.27

37.95

7.60

38.23

0

64

0.58

Rockwell Automation 20.70

23.84

15.17

25.00

0.16

20

1.24

Siemens 41.14

48.85

18.74

62.00

0.85

17

2.89

Thermo Electron 18.10

21.02

16.13

21.99

0

16

-1.37

Transmation Inc. 1.40

1.61

15.00

2.49

0

6

-0.29

Tyco International Ltd. 12.86

18.98

47.59

19.35

0.01

-9

-2.04





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