Goldman Sachs Downgrades Constellation Brands (STZ) to Neutral on Deal Risk, Sees 50% of Closing

February 1, 2013 7:47 AM EST Send to a Friend
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Goldman Sachs downgraded Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) from Buy to Neutral with a price target of $40.00 (from $36.00) citing increased deal risk after the DOJ filed a lawsuit to block InBev's purchase of Grupo Modelo. Constellation Brands plan to acquire Crown Imports was dependent on the deal closing.

"We believe it is prudent to now place a lower probability of the deal closing given increased uncertainty," the analyst said. They have lowered the probability of the deal closing to 50% from 75%.

Goldman said the deal could still get down with "good enough" remedies. "The DOJ
is not indicating no remedy is acceptable so there is still potential for DOJ and ABI to agree to settle the lawsuit with ABI agreeing to make some concessions," the analyst comments.

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Shares of Constellation Brands closed at $32.36 yesterday.




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