On Dec 24, Zacks Investment Research upgraded
) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) primarily driven by rising
Why the Upgrade?
Domtar has been looking promising for quite some time now on the
back of solid organic and inorganic growth. Moreover, Domtar is
also restructuring its portfolio by hiving-off assets which are
incompatible with its core competencies.
Recently, Domtar's wholly-owned subsidiary entered into a
definitive agreement with Windmill Development Group Ltd., for
the sale of the erstwhile Domtar paper mill site in Ottawa,
Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. Last month, the company also
announced the acquisition of privately-held Spanish firm
Laboratorios Indas to expand its personal care business in
Moving forward, Domtar envisions its pulp business to benefit
from accelerating global demand, particularly led by China. The
company has increased prices for several paper grades, which in
turn are expected to augment its revenues toward the end of the
With such positive strides, the share prices are continuously
moving north and touched a 52-week high of $95.12 during its
trading session on Dec 24. Domtar closed the trading session a
notch lower at $94.69, reflecting a year-to-date return of 12.2%.
This paper products company has potential for further accretion
with a forward PE of 22.5x. Earnings estimate revisions for 2013
have moved up by 6 cents in the past 60 days to $4.21. The
current Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 is also pegged at
Other Stocks to Consider
Other stocks to watch out for in the industry include
KapStone Paper and Packaging Corp.
Orchids Paper Products Co.
), each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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