It’s been over a year now since Burckhardt Compression has been discussed here. In the meantime, the share price rose from 300 CHF to over 500 CHF, with a reaction (profit-taking?) occurring only recently. Shares will continue to move in accordance with the figures and prospects: Order volume rose sharply by 44.3 percent from the previous year to 1 billion CHF. Turnover in 2021 amounted to 650.7 million CHF and is to reach (planned) 720 to 760 million CHF this year, far outpacing the 700 million CHF originally targeted. Shareholders can rejoice, as they will see a planned 15.4% dividend increase to 7.50 CHF, if the proposal of the board is accepted. Basis is an increase in earnings per share to 14.82 CHF from 13 CHF, which corresponds to an impressive payout ratio of nearly 50 percent. Especially from markets related to hydrogen, great growth opportunities are expected. With 242.9 million CHF in equity and thus a ratio of 29 percent, the company is well positioned.
Summary: In view of the enormous growth prospects of the markets that Burckhardt Compression addresses technologically (hydrogen-driven), this stock is still interesting to add to the portfolio, as a steady, healthy growth can be assumed. However, it is a stock with a narrow market (Swiss stock exchange) that can be classified as a long-term investment in hydrogen.
Each investor must always be aware of their own risk when investing in shares and should consider a sensible risk diversification. The FC companies and shares mentioned here are small and mid cap, i.e. they are not standard stocks and their volatility is also much higher. This report is not meant to be viewed as purchase recommendations, and the author holds no liability for your actions. All information is based on publicly available sources and, as far as assessment is concerned, represents exclusively the personal opinion of the author, who focuses on medium- and long-term valuation and not on short-term profit. The author may be in possession of the shares presented here.
Author: Sven Jösting, written June 11th, 2022