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Now, the company has had a difficult year. So would you advise one to hang in there, buy more, or sell?

They certainly did have a tough year. Almost a perfect storm - a wet Spring dampened sales, closing the Flowcrete operation in Dubai was costly, and the Kirker acquisition is looking like a disaster. That being said, these are all one-time events that shouldn't hurt going forward.

They've cut costs, closed unprofitable operations, and put new management in place at Kirker. Their core industries remain healthy and should continue to generate earnings into the foreseeable future, although their recent guidance wasn't anything special.

Historically, RPM has done fairly well with their acquisitions, and remain a dividend champion that will likely continue their annual dividend increases.

I've held RPM since 2004 and they've returned about 12.24% per year in that time (dividends reinvested). They are a boring company whose share price won't double or triple overnight but they do make money and pay it out in dividends. As I approach retirement, I will continue to hold (and drip) companies like RPM (but have no plans to buy more RPM at this time).

They are currently fairly priced, if not a bit overpriced, so I would not be a buyer. Sherwin Williams may be worth a look in the sector (I don't know, I haven't looked closely). Good luck and continue to learn!
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