Jefferies Remains Sidelined as USG Corp. (USG) Plans L&W Divestiture

August 30, 2016 7:25 AM EDT
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Jefferies reiterated a Hold rating and $33.00 price target on USG Corp. (NYSE: USG) following the company's announced divestiture of L&W. USG is selling L&W for $670 mil or 12.9x EV/EBITDA and is expected to close in 4Q16. $600 mil of the proceeds will be used to recall debt, reducing interest expense to $80 mil in 2017.

Analyst Philip Ng commented, "We are encouraged by the divestiture of L&W, which improves its BS and flexibility to deploy capital in higher return businesses, and could drive multiple expansion. While we expect USG to manage the situation well, with 30% of its wallboard business tied to L&W that could roll off once the supply agreement with ABC Supply ends, there is the potential for some share leakage, which could weigh on pricing."

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Shares of USG Corp. closed at $29.94 yesterday.

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