UPDATE: Wells Fargo Starts Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK) at Equal Weight

March 25, 2021 1:54 AM EDT
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(Updated - March 25, 2021 5:44 AM EDT)

Wells Fargo initiates coverage on Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK) with a Equal Weight rating and a price target of $23.00.

The analyst comments "We believe GPK is a fundamentally solid company, with leading market positions in multiple consumer end markets. We also believe GPK employs a judicious M&A strategy in order to (1) expand product oerings; (2) solidify market position; or (3) advance system integration. Near term, we see potential upside from industry price initiatives across GPK’s three primary paperboard grades and long-term beneits associated with large-scale investments. Finally, GPK should be able to resume a more shareholder-friendly redeployment strategy by 2022, following a heavy investment cycle. While positive, we acknowledge an elevated leverage profile (2021E at 3.4x) and potential cash outows to fully retire IP’s remaining stake in GPIP. We initiate at Overweight and our $23 price target represents 8.4x EBITDA (including IP’s minority stake) and a 9.2% FCF yield using our 2022 estimates."

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Shares of Graphic Packaging Holding Company closed at $17.36 yesterday.

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