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Hot Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: MGT Capital Investments Inc(MGT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
MGT Capital Investments Inc. (NYSE: MGT) was down, falling around 24 percent to $2.47 as the company reported that it has received a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission. MGT Capital said there is no indication that ‘the company is or will be the subject of any enforcement proceedings.’
- [By Lisa Levin]
MGT Capital Investments Inc. (NYSE: MGT) shares shot up 73 percent to $2.98 after John McAfee proposed to become Executive Chairman and CEO.
Shares of Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ANAC) got a boost, shooting up 55 percent to $99.49 after the company agreed to be acquired by Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) for $99.25 per share.
Hot Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Sonoco Products Company(SON)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Deutsche Bank’s Debbie Jones and team contend that Sonoco’s (SON) sale of its plastic-container business to Australia’s Amcor is a sign that M&A is in the offing. They explain why:
Sonoco announced (9/1) that it is selling its Rigid Plastics Blow Molding operations to Amcor (AMC.AU) for $280M. The transaction price represents a multiple of ~8.0x LTM EBITDA. The business had annual sales of ~$210M and consisted of six production sites in the US and one in Canada. Blow molding operations represented ~10% of Sonocos Consumer Packaging segment sales and EBITDA. The transaction is expected to close in Q4. We expect the proceeds to be used to for M&A focused in flexible packaging, thermoforming and temperature-assured packaging.
We dont believe Sonoco considered its blow molding operations essential to its growth strategy. This standalone business is also more capital intensive compared to some of its other plastic packaging businesses and SON held a small position in the overall market. Ultimately, the company decided it wants to focus its capital in higher growth platforms. We do not expect the divestment to reduce resin buying scale for Sonoco’s remaining assets given different resin buying. Note that with the divestiture of blow molding and the Canton closures plant (divested in Feb. 2015), this makes the ~$100M reels business the last standalone business in the portfolio, but we do not expect this to be divested in the near-term unless cash is needed for much larger M&A.
Shares of Sonoco have gained 1.3% to $52.49 at 2:12 p.m. today.
Hot Financial Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Synutra International, Inc.(SYUT)
- [By Lisa Levin]
Synutra International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYUT) shares were also up, gaining 17 percent to $5.28 after the company disclosed that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement for "going private" transaction.