Harman Int'l Industries (NY: HAR)
106.38 USD  +2.37 (+2.28%)
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April 17, 2014
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Harman (HAR) recently announced that it has acquired Israel-based iOnRoad Technologies, a developer of vehicle safety software. However, Harman did not provide any monetary details of the...(read more)
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Harman International Industries Inc. (HAR) has agreed to acquire Bangalore (India)-based company Interchain Solution, which offers products and technology solutions for...(read more)
Harman International Industries (HAR) is due to report earnings before the opening bell on October 21,...(read more)
Harman International Industries (HAR) Company Overview

Harman International Industries (HAR) sells audio products such as speakers and amplifiers and car systems that provide GPS and traffic information. The company makes most of its revenue from major auto manufacturers. In 2007, audio and informational devices used in cars accounted for 70% of its net sales, [1] and the company's three largest clients (car makers all), accounted for 43% of net sales.[2]

The company has benefited from growing demand for increasingly sophisticated information and entertainment devices (WiFi, Televisions, MP3 players, and GPS) in cars. This market is still largely in its infancy with penetration rates of less than 20% in Europe and less than 10% in the United States. However, the company's high exposure to auto manufacturers makes it subject to the cyclicality of the auto industry. The company is also faces pricing pressure from portable navigation devices. Portable navigational device prices have declined over the last several years, providing a cheap alternative to in-car navigational systems. As the cost of key components, such as semiconductor chips and LCD displays, drop, Text-to-voice, Bluetooth and other features which were once considered premium in nature are becoming standard. This has led to greater price competition. Adding to this pressure, Garmin (GRMN), the dominant GPS manufacturer in the U.S., entered the European market in the last few years.

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