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PPG Industries (PPG) Inks Deal to Buy Whitford Worldwide

PPG Industries, Inc. PPG has agreed to buy a privately-held global coatings manufacturing company, Whitford Worldwide Company (Whitford) based in Elverson, PA. The deal is likely to close in the first quarter of 2019. However, the financial terms of the agreement have been kept under wraps.
Whitford is a global manufacturing specialist in low-friction, wear-resistant coatings for industrial applications in aerospace, energy, automotive, construction as well as consumer products. The company also manufactures nonstick coatings for bakeware, cookware and small electronic appliances like frying pans, irons, griddles and toaster ovens. The company operates ten manufacturing facilities across the globe located in Elverson, PA, and Fostoria, OH in USA; Runcorn, UK; Guelph in Ontario, Canada; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Brescia, Italy; Tuas, Singapore; Jiangmen and Zhuhai in China; and Bangalore, India.

Per PPG Industries, the acquisition will allow it to drive shareholder and customer value by enhancing product offerings, R&D capabilities and global market reach in the industrial coatings sector.

Whitford acquisition is an addition to the PPG Industries’ robust industrial coatings solutions portfolio, while its R&D organization will leverage Whitford’s proficiency in fluoropolymer chemistry across the markets. Moreover, Whitford’s customer-based high-touch business model complements PPG Industries’ business, allowing a seamless integration process.

PPG Industries has outperformed the industry in the past year. The company’s shares have lost around 13.7% compared with the 26.5% decline of the industry.

In its third-quarter earnings call, PPG Industries stated that it expects normal business seasonality in the fourth quarter. It also expects overall global economic growth to remain positive. The company witnessed higher industrial production volatility and inconsistency in emerging region growth rates in the third quarter and expects this to persist in the fourth quarter. The company projects fourth-quarter earnings per share of $1.03-$1.13.

PPG Industries’ Performance Coatings segment sales rose more than 2% at constant currency in the third quarter as higher selling prices more than offset the modest decline in sales volumes. Meanwhile, its Industrial Coatings segment saw a year-over-year uptick in sales. However, net income at both the segments declined year over year due to raw material and logistics cost inflation. 

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Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

PPG Industries currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

A few better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are CF Industries Holdings, Inc. CF, The Mosaic Company MOS and Cameco Corporation CCJ.
CF Industries has an expected earnings growth rate of 748% for the current year and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company’s shares have moved up 2.8% in the past year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Mosaic has an expected earnings growth rate of 75.2% for the current year and a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). The company’s shares have gained 26.2% in the past year.

Cameco has an expected earnings growth rate of 66.7% for the current year and a Zacks Rank #2. Its shares have gained 15.2% in a year’s time.

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