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UPDATE: KeyBanc Upgrades OM Group to Buy, Names $34 PT

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In a report published Wednesday, KeyBanc upgraded its rating on OM Group (NYSE: OMG) from Hold to Buy, and named a $34.00 price target.

KeyBanc noted, “The announced sale of OM Group, Inc.'s (OMG-NYSE) Advanced Materials business should be viewed as a material step change in the way shares will trade and be valued by investors going forward, in our view. The drag of falling cobalt prices, and thus lower earnings, along with exposure to regions such as the Congo should no longer hinder the stock's trading multiple. The Company plans to use this cash to repurchase up to $50 million of its shares in addition to paying down a significant portion of its outstanding debt. The remaining businesses, which are heavily exposed to Europe, along with end markets related to industrial production and electronics could benefit from a recovery in these markets as we move through 2013 and 2014. In the near term, the lower interest expense from the debt pay down and a share buy-back should help to partially offset earnings pressure in the existing businesses. In addition to a more constructive investor view of the “new” OMG, downside risk may be moderated due to the pro-forma net-cash balance sheet and potential for small bolt-on acquisitions in its existing businesses.”

OM Group closed on Tuesday at $27.70.

Latest Ratings for OMG

Jun 2015BB&T CapitalDowngradesBuyHold
Jan 2015KeyBancDowngradesBuyHold
Aug 2014First AnalysisUpgradesEqual-WeightOverweight

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