Markets
TUP

Newell Sells Pure Fishing & Jostens, Transformation Underway

An image of people surrounding a sheet of paper with many charts on it
Credit: Shutterstock photo

Newell Brands Inc.NWL is progressing well with its Accelerated Transformation Plan as clear from the recently completed sale of Pure Fishing and Jostens businesses for gross proceeds of nearly $2.6 billion. The Pure Fishing business - which provides fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels - was sold to Sycamore Partners. This business includes brands like Abu Garcia, All Star, Berkley, Chub, Fenwick, Greys, Hardy, Hodgman, Johnson, JRC, Mitchell, Penn, Pflueger, Sebile, Shakespeare, SpiderWire, Stren and Ugly Stik.

Additionally, the company is likely to conclude the sale of Jostens to Platinum Equity. This business comprises products like yearbooks, publications, jewelry and consumer goods, which are used by K-12 educational, college and professional sports segments.

The company is likely to receive net proceeds of about $2.5 billion after-tax. Proceeds from the sale of these assets will be directed to lower balance sheet debt as well as for share repurchases.

Newell's Transformation Plan focuses on creating a simpler, faster and stronger consumer-focused portfolio of leading brands. The key aspects of the Transformation Plan are restructuring the company into a global consumer product entity valued at more than $9 billion, with major brands in seven consumer segments.

As part of its portfolio management efforts, Newell makes prudent investments in areas with higher growth potential and divests underperforming and non-core assets. The company is divesting its non-core brands to reshape its portfolio and improve operational efficiency. Recently, it concluded three divestitures - including The Waddington Group, Rawlings Sporting Goods Company and Goody Products - for about $2.6 billion of after-tax proceeds. Further, it is exploring strategic alternatives for businesses such as Consumer & Commercial Solutions, and Process Solutions, Team Sports, Beauty, U.S. Playing Cards.

All these businesses - including Waddington Group, Jostens and Pure Fishing - account for roughly 35% of the company's net sales. It expects these divestitures to be completed by the end of 2019. Management continues to anticipate generating roughly $10 billion in net proceeds from these divestitures. These proceeds will be used for lowering debt and making share repurchases while retaining investment grade rating and an annual dividend of 92 cents per share through 2019, targeting 30-35% payout ratio.

Despite the positive news, shares of Newell dipped 5.8% on Dec 21. Moreover, this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock has lost 19.8% in a month, much wider than the industry 's 5.4% decline. This underperformance can be attributed to Newell's lower-than-expected top-line performance in third-quarter 2018. Though Newell delivered earnings beat in the third quarter, top line missed estimates for the third straight quarter.

3 Top-Ranked Consumer Staples Stocks You Can't Miss

Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. OLLI delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 7.3% in the trailing four quarters. It has long-term earnings growth rate of 24.7% and a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

Tupperware Brands Corporation TUP delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 6.2% in the last four quarters. It has long-term earnings growth rate of 12%. Further, the stock currently carries a Zacks Rank #2.

Campbell Soup Company CPB is a Zacks #2 Ranked stock. It pulled off average positive earnings surprise of 13.7% in the trailing four quarters. The company has long-term earnings growth rate of 5.9%.

More Stock News: This Is Bigger than the iPhone!

It could become the mother of all technological revolutions. Apple sold a mere 1 billion iPhones in 10 years but a new breakthrough is expected to generate more than 27 billion devices in just 3 years, creating a $1.7 trillion market.

Zacks has just released a Special Report that spotlights this fast-emerging phenomenon and 6 tickers for taking advantage of it. If you don't buy now, you may kick yourself in 2020.

Click here for the 6 trades >>

Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report

Tupperware Brands Corporation (TUP): Free Stock Analysis Report

Newell Brands Inc. (NWL): Free Stock Analysis Report

Ollie's Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc. (OLLI): Free Stock Analysis Report

Campbell Soup Company (CPB): Free Stock Analysis Report

To read this article on Zacks.com click here.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

In This Story

TUP OLLI CPB NWL

Other Topics

Stocks

Latest Markets Videos

    Zacks

    Zacks is the leading investment research firm focusing on stock research, analysis and recommendations. In 1978, our founder discovered the power of earnings estimate revisions to enable profitable investment decisions. Today, that discovery is still the heart of the Zacks Rank. A wealth of resources for individual investors is available at www.zacks.com.

    Learn More