Why You Should Hold 3M Stock in Your Portfolio

3M Stock

3M Company (NYSE:MMM) is enjoying robust performance in its advanced materials, commercial solutions, and auto original equipment manufacturer (OEM) businesses. The strength in the auto OEM segment, fueled by a rise in global car and light truck bills, is propelling growth in the Transportation and Electronics segment, which witnessed a 4.5% revenue increase in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Positive Outlook and Growth Initiatives

Buoyed by the strong performance across its business segments, management has raised its earnings guidance for the first quarter of 2024. 3M now anticipates adjusted earnings to range between $2.05 and $2.20 per share, up from the previously projected range of $2.00 to $2.15 per share. This implies a growth of 5.3% at the midpoint compared to the previous year.

Moreover, 3M is focused on strengthening and expanding its businesses through strategic acquisitions. For instance, the acquisition of technology assets from LeanTec in April 2022 enhanced its capability to deliver a more connected, digital body shop solution. Similarly, the acquisition of M*Modal’s technology business in February 2019 expanded its capabilities in the Health Information Systems business. Acquisitions contributed to a 0.2% increase in its top line in the fourth quarter of 2023.

Commitment to Shareholders

3M remains committed to enhancing shareholder value through dividend payments and share repurchases. In 2023 alone, it rewarded shareholders with $3.31 billion in dividends and $33 million in buybacks. Additionally, in February 2024, the company increased its quarterly dividend by 0.7% to $1.51 per share.

Financial Performance and Concerns

Despite its overall positive performance, 3M faces challenges in its Consumer and Safety and Industrial segments. Softness in the home health, auto, and stationery & office businesses has led to a decrease in sales in the Consumer segment. Similarly, declining demand for disposable respirators has impacted the Safety and Industrial segment’s sales.

Moreover, 3M’s high debt levels raise concerns about its financial obligations and profitability. Exiting 2023 with long-term debt of $13.1 billion, a 1.7% increase sequentially, coupled with high-interest expenses and other financial charges in the fourth quarter, underscores the need for prudent financial management.


Despite facing challenges in certain segments and concerns regarding its debt levels, 3M’s overall performance, positive outlook, and commitment to shareholders make it a compelling holding in your portfolio. With its strategic initiatives and solid earnings growth projections, 3M is well-positioned to deliver value to investors over the long term.

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