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Executive Summary

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells welding, cutting, and brazing products worldwide.

Snowflake Analysis

Solid track record established dividend payer.

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Share Price & News

How has Lincoln Electric Holdings's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: LECO's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Machinery


US Market

1 Year Return




US Machinery


US Market

Return vs Industry: LECO exceeded the US Machinery industry which returned -19.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: LECO underperformed the US Market which returned -9.1% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day6.9%14.0%10.5%
30 Day-15.7%-22.9%-15.4%
90 Day-29.0%-31.3%-21.4%
1 Year-16.0%-17.4%-20.5%-22.6%-9.6%-11.5%
3 Year-15.9%-20.3%-3.2%-10.2%12.6%5.4%
5 Year17.1%6.6%18.9%3.9%32.8%18.1%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Lincoln Electric Holdings's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Lincoln Electric Holdings undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: LECO ($69.27) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($86.96)

Significantly Below Fair Value: LECO is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: LECO is good value based on its PE Ratio (14.6x) compared to the Machinery industry average (15.7x).

PE vs Market: LECO is poor value based on its PE Ratio (14.6x) compared to the US market (13.4x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: LECO is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (11.2x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: LECO is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (5.1x) compared to the US Machinery industry average (1.6x).

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Future Growth

How is Lincoln Electric Holdings forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 10 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: LECO's forecast earnings growth (1.3% per year) is below the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: LECO's earnings (1.3% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (12.3% per year).

High Growth Earnings: LECO's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: LECO's revenue (0.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.3% per year).

High Growth Revenue: LECO's revenue (0.6% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: LECO's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (32.2%)

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Past Performance

How has Lincoln Electric Holdings performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: LECO has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: LECO's current net profit margins (9.8%) are higher than last year (9.5%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: LECO's earnings have grown by 11% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: LECO's earnings growth over the past year (2.1%) is below its 5-year average (11% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: LECO earnings growth over the past year (2.1%) exceeded the Machinery industry -2%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: LECO's Return on Equity (35.8%) is considered high.

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Financial Health

How is Lincoln Electric Holdings's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: LECO's short term assets ($1.1B) exceed its short term liabilities ($563.1M).

Long Term Liabilities: LECO's short term assets ($1.1B) exceed its long term liabilities ($989.0M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: LECO's debt to equity ratio (91.2%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: LECO's debt to equity ratio has increased from 5.6% to 91.2% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: LECO's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (54%).

Interest Coverage: LECO's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (16x coverage).

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: LECO has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: LECO's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 1.4x debt).

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What is Lincoln Electric Holdings's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Upcoming Dividend Payment

TodayMar 28 2020Ex Dividend DateMar 30 2020Dividend Pay DateApr 15 202016 days from Ex DividendBuy in the next 1 day to receive the upcoming dividend

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: LECO's dividend (2.83%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.93%).

High Dividend: LECO's dividend (2.83%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (5.33%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: LECO's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: LECO's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (40.2%), LECO's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: LECO's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (38.8% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Chris Mapes (57yo)





Mr. Christopher L. Mapes, also known as Chris, serves as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of The Lincoln Electric Company. Mr. Mapes has been the Chairman of Lincoln Electric Holdings In ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Chris's total compensation ($USD6.81M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.36M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Chris's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Christopher Mapes
Chairman7.25yrsUS$6.81m0.38% $16.0m
Vincent Petrella
Executive Vice President16.08yrsUS$2.31m0.12% $5.1m
Jennifer Ansberry
Executive VP2.92yrsUS$1.50m0.019% $812.6k
George Blankenship
Executive VP & President of Americas Welding14.33yrsUS$2.08m0.080% $3.3m
Steven Hedlund
Executive VP & President of International Welding5.17yrsUS$1.89m0.049% $2.1m
Gabriel Bruno
Executive VP0.92yrno data0.031% $1.3m
Thomas Matthews
Senior Vice President of Technology and Research & Developmentno datano datano data
Amanda Butler
Vice President of Investor Relations & Communications7yrsno datano data
Anthony Battle
Chief Compliance Officer & Senior VP of Internal Audit5.17yrsno datano data
Michele Kuhrt
Executive VP & Chief Human Resources Officer1.08yrsno data0.028% $1.2m


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: LECO's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.2 years average tenure).

Board Members

Christopher Mapes
Chairman7.25yrsUS$6.81m0.38% $16.0m
William MacDonald
Independent Director13.17yrsUS$217.95k0.028% $1.2m
Stephen Hanks
Independent Director13.67yrsUS$216.95k0.037% $1.5m
G. Lincoln
Independent Director31.17yrsUS$204.95k0.45% $18.9m
Kathryn Lincoln
Independent Director25.17yrsUS$214.95k0.073% $3.1m
Hellene Runtagh
Independent Director19.17yrsUS$204.95k0.041% $1.7m
Curtis Espeland
Lead Independent Director1.92yrsUS$240.46k0.020% $837.2k
Phillip Mason
Independent Director6.67yrsUS$207.45k0.024% $1.0m
Michael Hilton
Independent Director4.67yrsUS$204.95k0.0088% $368.0k
Benny Patel
Independent Director2.08yrsUS$294.56k0.0019% $77.1k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: LECO's board of directors are considered experienced (9.9 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.
  • Ticker: LECO
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1895
  • Industry: Industrial Machinery
  • Sector: Capital Goods
  • Market Cap: US$4.167b
  • Shares outstanding: 60.16m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc.
  • 22801 St. Clair Avenue
  • Cleveland
  • Ohio
  • 44117
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
LECONasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon SharesUSUSDJan 1975
LNEDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon SharesDEEURJan 1975


Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells welding, cutting, and brazing products worldwide. It operates through three segments: Americas Welding, International Welding, and The Harris Products Group. The company offers welding products, including arc welding power sources, plasma cutters, wire feeding systems, robotic welding packages, integrated automation systems, fume extraction equipment, consumable electrodes, fluxes and welding accessories, and specialty welding consumables and fabrication products. It also provides computer numeric controlled plasma and oxy-fuel cutting systems, and regulators and torches used in oxy-fuel welding, cutting, and brazing; and consumables used in the brazing and soldering alloys market. In addition, the company is involved in the retail business in the United States. It serves general fabrication, energy and process, automotive and transportation, heavy fabrication, and construction and infrastructure industries, as well as ship building and maintenance and repair markets. The company sells its products directly to users of welding products, as well as through industrial distributors, retailers, and agents. Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1895 and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/03/28 01:00
End of Day Share Price2020/03/27 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.