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In a bid to finance senior subordinated notes due 2017, Terex Corporation (TEX - Analyst Report) has  priced $850 million senior notes in a new offering (excluding underwriting discounts and commissions or other offering expenses). The notes are priced at an issue price of 100% and carries a coupon rate of 6%.

Terex anticipates the offering to be completed by November 26, 2012, subject to certain customary conditions. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Goldman, Sachs and Co. – a wing of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS - Analyst Report), RBS Securities Inc. – a unit of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (RBS - Snapshot Report) and UBS Securities LLC – an entity of UBS AG (UBS - Analyst Report) will be acting as the joint book-running managers for the offering.

Terex will use the net proceeds from the offering to finance the purchase of its outstanding senior subordinated notes bearing an interest of 8% due 2017. The amount left will be utilized in general corporate purposes.

Terex reported that its third-quarter 2012 adjusted earnings jumped 107% year over year to 62 cents per share. The results comfortably surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 50 cents. Total revenues increased 1% year over year to $1.822 billion, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.952 billion.

Terex had cash and cash equivalents of $542.6 million as of September 30, 2012, versus $774.1 million as of December 31, 2011. The company’s total debt was $2.03 billion of as of September 30, 2012, compared with $2.3 billion as of December 31, 2011.

The debt to capital ratio improved to 49.7% as of September 30, 2012, from 54.6% as of December 31, 2011. In the stringent regulatory background, the offering of the senior notes is expected to further strengthen the company’s balance sheet as well as support its future growth.

Terex is a global equipment manufacturer catering to the construction, infrastructure, and surface mining industries. The company’s manufacturing facilities are located in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America. It sells its products through a worldwide distribution network. The company has five reporting segments.  

Terex faces competition from large players with greater financial resources like Caterpillar Inc. (CAT - Analyst Report) and Deere and Company (DE - Analyst Report). Terex retains a short-term Zacks #3 Rank (Hold). We have a long-term Neutral recommendation on the stock.

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