RWC is a global plumbing business, and thus highly reliant on the housing cycle.

Story, in charts

Plausibly, it is overearning, thanks to a hugely overheated global housing market. You can see the big increase from trend in the graph below, as the pandemic changed expenditure patterns.


Through-the-cycle margins appear closer to 15%, suggesting that RWC is indeed overearning.


Gearing up just as mortgage rates spike by the most in decades (negative to housing demand).


With a big inventory build on a) efforts to secure supply b) expectation that cycle has further to run.


It would appear that inventory build is where the operating cashflow went.


Seemingly not priced for a slowdown, and consensus expectations certainly don’t expect one, which, in our view, raises the possibility of a material disappointment.


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