Silgan Holdings Inc. (SLGN): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research - Zacks Equity Research Report

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We have reiterated our Neutral recommendation on Silgan Holdings with a target price of $57. In fourth-quarter 2014, the company's earnings increased 45% year over year to $0.58 per share. For 2015, Silgan initiated EPS guidance in the range of $3.20 $3.40, reflecting annual growth of 1% to 7%. Silgan also announced the construction of three new manufacturing facilities in 2015 that will help optimize its operating footprint and cost structure and share repurchases. Silgan will also benefit from the Portola Packaging and Van Can acquisitions. Geographic expansion will also help in long-term growth. Increasing productivity and cost reduction initiatives, such as the Can Vision 2020, will also drive growth. However, high debt-to-capitalization ratio and foreign exchange volatility remain concerns.


Silgan Holdings Inc. is one of the leading North American manufacturers of metal and plastic consumer goods packaging products. Its products are used in diverse end-markets. It is the largest metal-container supplier for food products in North America. The company has 81 manufacturing plants throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Its product lines include steel and aluminum containers for human and pet food custom-designed plastic containers for personal care, healthcare, pharmaceutical, household, industrial chemical, food, pet care, agricultural chemical, automotive and marine chemical products and metal, composite and plastic closures for food and beverage products. Some of the world's best-known branded consumer products, including Campbell's Soup, Del Monte Fruits and Vegetables, Listerine and Friskies Pet Food, use Silgan's containers.

The Metal Food Container (MFC) (67% of total revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2014) business is engaged in the manufacture and sale of steel and aluminum containers used primarily by processors and packagers of food products such as metal containers for soup, vegetables, fruit, meat, coffee, pet food and other miscellaneous goods. Silgan holds around 50% of the market share in the U.S. metal food container market.

The Closures business (20%) manufactures and sells metal, composite and plastic vacuum closures for food and beverage products. The segment also provides sealing/capping equipment to complement its closure product offering.

The Plastic Container business (13%) is one of the leading North American manufacturers of custom-designed high-density polyethylene (HDPE) for personal care, healthcare and household and industrial chemical products. The segment also makes polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers for the personal care market. It produces plastic containers from a full range of resin materials and offers a wide array of molding and decorating capabilities.

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