As demand for industrial equipment in the U.S. and Europe begin to slow, Emerson Electric's diversification is, uh, paying dividends.
Sales grew 9% overseas in the last quarter compared to 5% in North America. Revenues were up 16% in Asia alone. Citigroup's Jeffrey Sprague predicts that high-growth emerging markets could account for 30% of total sales this year, helping to offset any domestic sales declines.
And the company is positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for energy efficient products worldwide. "Many of [Emerson's] businesses sit at the cross roads of the need for power and energy efficiency," wrote Sprague in a report.
Emerson currently offers a dividend yield of 2.3% and the dividend has increased at an average rate of 8% over the past five years.
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