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Ashland (ASH) Announces $450 Million Share Buyback Program

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Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (ASH - Free Report) recently announced that it has entered into an un-collared accelerated share repurchase (ASR) agreement with JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, to buy back a total of $450 million of Ashland common stock. The program is subject to the $1 billion share repurchase program authorized by the company on Mar 15, 2018, from which $800 million is outstanding. The initial delivery will be of roughly 3.9 million shares.

The ASR agreement is scheduled to be terminated latest by Mar 31, 2022, but might be concluded early under certain circumstances. JPMorgan Chase might need to deliver additional shares of common stock to Ashland, or under certain circumstances the latter might be required to deliver shares of common stock or make a cash payment at its election.

Ashland noted that the announcement throws light on the company’s dedication to enhancing shareholder value. Its strong balance sheet and cash flow along with net proceeds from the divestment of performance adhesives are expected to allow it to invest in various growth initiatives.

Shares of Ashland have jumped 26% in a year compared with the industry’s rise of 21.8%. The estimated earnings growth rate for the company for the current fiscal year is 67.9%.

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In the fiscal third quarter, the company’s adjusted earnings per share were $1.22, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.27. Its revenues were $637 million, increasing 11% year over year. The top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $635.9 million.

In its fiscal third-quarter earnings call, Ashland said that it is working to leverage the ongoing strong demand to satisfy the incremental demand of the consumers. The company also reaffirmed its expectations for full-year results.

Zacks Ranks & Stocks to Consider

Currently, Ashland has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space include AdvanSix Inc. (ASIX - Free Report) and Hawkins, Inc. (HWKN - Free Report) , each flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and Atotech Limited (ATC - Free Report) , carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

AdvanSix has a projected earnings growth rate of 160.4% for the current year. The company’s shares have appreciated 171.6% in a year.

Hawkins has a projected earnings growth rate of 24.9% for the current year. The company’s shares have risen 48.1% in a year.

Atotech has a projected earnings growth rate of roughly 122% for the current year. The company’s shares have rallied 24.4% in a year.

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