Harsco (HSC) Completes Clean Earth Buyout for $625M in Cash
Harsco Corporation HSC, yesterday, announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Hatboro, PA-based Clean Earth, Inc. for approximately $625 million. The other party to the transaction was Compass Group Diversified Holdings LLC.
It’s worth mentioning here that the company’s share price gained roughly 0.2% yesterday, closing the trading session at $27.44.
Clean Earth is among the leading specialty waste processing companies in the United States. It provides solutions to tackle contaminated materials, dredged volumes and hazardous wastes to customers in the commercial, infrastructure, industrial and institutional markets. The firm’s revenues and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization are anticipated to be roughly $300 million and $65 million, respectively, in 2019.
Details of the Buyout
Notably, the company funded the all-cash buyout with funds raised from debt financing and revolving credit facility. Clean Earth, under the leadership of Chris Dods, will work as a separate business segment of Harsco.
The buyout marks the entry of Harsco into the environmental services market (that have high regulatory barriers of entry). This also complements the company’s existing offerings related to environmental solutions and services within the Metals & Minerals segment.
Harsco predicts the buyout to immediately prove accretive to its margins and free cash flow. Also, earnings accretion is anticipated in 2020, while the combined operations of Harsco and Clean Earth are likely to generate $10 million in synergies.
Zacks Rank and Price Performance of Harsco
The company, with approximately $2.2-billion market capitalization, currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
In the past 60 days, earnings estimates for the company have been lowered, indicating bearish sentiment. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at $1.33 for 2019 and $1.47 for 2020, suggesting a decline of 6.3% and 6.7% from the respective 60-day-ago figures.
Harsco Corporation Price and Consensus
Stocks That Warrant a Look
Some better-ranked stocks in the Zacks Industrial Products sector are Roper Technologies, Inc. ROP, Chart Industries, Inc. GTLS and Flowserve Corporation FLS. While Roper sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), both Chart Industries and Flowserve carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
In the past 60 days, earnings estimates for Roper and Chart Industries have improved for the current year, and remained unchanged for Flowserve. Further, average positive earnings surprise for the last four quarters was 8.43% for Roper, 16.56% for Chart Industries and 0.49% for Flowserve.
The Hottest Tech Mega-Trend of All
Last year, it generated $8 billion in global revenues. By 2020, it's predicted to blast through the roof to $47 billion. Famed investor Mark Cuban says it will produce "the world's first trillionaires," but that should still leave plenty of money for regular investors who make the right trades early.
See Zacks' 3 Best Stocks to Play This Trend >>
Click to get this free report
Roper Technologies, Inc. (ROP): Free Stock Analysis Report
Flowserve Corporation (FLS): Free Stock Analysis Report
Chart Industries, Inc. (GTLS): Free Stock Analysis Report
Harsco Corporation (HSC): Free Stock Analysis Report
To read this article on Zacks.com click here.
Zacks Investment Research