Top Financial Stocks
Financial stocks were starting the new quarter on the upside
with the NYSE Financial Sector Index adding 0.3% and the S&P
Financial 100 Index climbing about 0.5%.
In company news, acquisition-minded Arthur J. Gallagher (
) advanced Tuesday after today announcing a deal to purchase a UK
insurance brokerage for around $330 million (GBP 199 million) in
According to AJG, the Oval Group of Companies operates 24
offices throughout Great Britain, generating over GBP 80 mln in
revenue yearly. The company expects to spend $2.5 million to $3.2
million per quarter on integration costs with the Oval Group
initially seen producing over $36.5 million in annualized EBITDAC
excluding integration costs, growing to $45 million by 2016.
AJG expects to finance the transaction using free cash and
borrowings on its line of credit.
In other sector news,
(+) SWS, Agrees to $261 million buyout offer from Hilltop
), with the deal valuing SWS shares at $7.88 each in cash and
stock. HTH already owns a 24% stake as a result of a $50 mln
investment in SWS three years ago. HTH also rising.
(-) NDAQ, Jefferies issues a Hold rating and a $40 price target
in new coverage, noting the company is unlikely to soon increase
its shareholder payouts above its current $0.13 per share quarter
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