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  • trianglesandgratitude trianglesandgratitude Jun 19, 2002 8:23 AM Flag

    WMB > $22 Target Price

    WMB: To Sell Refineries - Asset Sale Part of Plan Goes to $3B High-End

    Credit Suisse First Boston - United States
    Curt Launer
    June 19, 2002
    Target Price: 22.00 (US$)
    Williams Companies (WMB)
    To Sell Refineries: Asset Sale Part Of Plan Goes To $3B High-end


    WMB announced late yesterday that it intends to sell its two refineries and
    related assets as part of its balance sheet "fix" plan. The expected sale price
    in excess of $1 billion was stated by WMB to be in conjunction with third party
    expressions of interest in the assets.

    We regard this move very favorably. It removes earnings volatility, focuses WMB on core businesses and places WMB's "plan" for asset sales at the high end of the $1.5-$3.0 billion range discussed in late May.

    Our estimates are $1.25 per share for '02 and $1.50 for '03 and are unchanged by the prospective refinery sale. Our cash flow estimates are $3.30 for '02 and $3.75 for '03. Our adjusted book value estimate of $18.00 per share places no value on WMB's Merchant unit.

    Our recovery thesis for WMB to "utility multiples" as its plan is executed is
    for a recovery to $15 per share. Our longer-term target of $22 returns WMB to historic pipeline multiples of 15x eps and 6x cash flow. We rate WMB Strong Buy.

    Investors should assume that CSFB is seeking or will seek investment banking or other services from the covered companies.

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