Goldman Sachs Upgrades Kraton Performance Polymers (KRA) to Neutral

November 13, 2012 6:57 AM EST Send to a Friend
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Goldman Sachs upgraded Kraton Performance Polymers (NYSE: KRA) from Sell to Neutral with a price target of $23.00 (from $21.00).

The firm comments, "Looking forward, we believe that butadiene prices have finally bottomed indicating that the prices that KRA charges for its products have also bottomed, alleviating our concerns over pricing erosion and raw material costs. At the same time, KRA has generated TTM free cash flow of $107mn vs. 2011 free cash flow of only $4mn, alleviating our cash flow concerns. The negative sales mix that we highlighted has now already materialized with 3Q2012 mix negatively impacting sales by 1.8%."

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Shares of Kraton Performance Polymers closed at $20.46 yesterday.


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