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UPDATE: Citigroup Upgrades Eastman Chemical to Buy; Solutia Acquisition Accretive and Transformative

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Citigroup raises its rating on Eastman Chemical (NYSE: EMN) from Neutral to Buy and increases its price target from $46 to $57.

Citigroup comments, "EMN closed on the $4.8B merger with Solutia for $22 cash and 0.12 shares for each outstanding Solutia share, representing a ~9x EV/EBITDA multiple. Solutia is a true “specialty” chemical company with unique products for the auto and architecture industries, both of which seem to be recovering. This is evidenced by Solutia's 2011 EBITDA margin of ~25% compared to the industry average of ~17%."

EMN closed at $49.72 on Monday.

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