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Cornerstone Building (CNR) Divests Coil Coatings Business

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Cornerstone Building Brands, Inc. divested its coil coatings business to BlueScope Steel Limited for $500 million in cash, thereby optimizing its portfolio for further growth in the large, deep markets and strengthening its financial flexibility. The transaction, which includes products sold under the Metal Coaters and Metal Prep brands, is subject to certain customary adjustments.

This largest manufacturer of exterior building products in North America also inked a long-term supply deal with BlueScope to secure a continued supply of light gauge coil coating and painted hot roll steel at favorable service levels.

On Jun 28, shares of Cornerstone Building inched up 0.2%.

CNR has been actively involved in acquisitions and divestitures to drive growth. In an attempt to fuel high-growth, high-profitability businesses, it has been divesting assets on a regular basis.

Moreover, on Mar 7, management announced that Cornerstone Building inked a deal with the affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) to sell its business for $5.8 billion in cash, including the assumption of debt.

Per the deal, CNR’s shareholders will receive $24.65 in cash per share, representing an approximately 16% premium to the closing price of its common stock as of Mar 4, 2022. The deal is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals.

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Shares of this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) player have surged 73.8% since Feb 4 (the last trading day prior to speculation in the market regarding a potential transaction) against the Zacks Building Products - Concrete and Aggregates industry’s 20.7% fall.

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