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Newell Brands CEO says 'drove the Accelerated Transformation Plan into action'

"Newell Brands drove the Accelerated Transformation Plan into action in the second quarter, beginning a period of significant change to both our portfolio and organization," commented Michael Polk, President and CEO of Newell Brands. "We announced and completed the divestitures of Waddington and Rawlings and are well into the sale processes on all other businesses held for sale. We also took significant steps to right-size our organization for the scale of our new portfolio, with changes announced and actioned between May and August. We continue to prioritize deleveraging, with gross debt in Q2 2018 $900 million below prior year and plans in motion to de-lever by nearly an incremental $900 million by the end of Q3 2018. In the context of these significant changes and a very challenging U.S. retail environment, we delivered second quarter results generally in line with expectations. While there is much more to do, we are acting decisively to make Newell Brands a simpler, faster and stronger company." "Reigniting performance on our continuing businesses is a critical priority and we expect sequential improvement in our operating results in the back half of 2018 despite increased inflation, worsening foreign exchange and the negative impact of tariffs," continued Polk. "While the retail landscape remains difficult, consumer macros are generally good and we expect core sales on our continuing businesses to recover to growth by the fourth quarter, with margins improving as a result of strong savings programs and broad-based price increases. Adjusted for the estimated negative 20 cents per share impact in the second half of 2018 related to the divestiture of Waddington and Rawlings, we expect to deliver between $2.45 and $2.65 of normalized EPS in 2018."

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Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Disney (DIS) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Pivotal Research with analyst Brian Wieser saying the company "has a lot of positive elements" heading into the back half of the year, including a strong film slate, the launch of new direct to consumer over-the-top services, and efforts in support of the close of the Fox (FOXA) transaction. 2. Coca-Cola (KO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs with analyst Judy Hong saying she sees an improving organic sales growth outlook, "cleaner base" post-refranchising, and better visibility on its margin and earnings targets. 3. Merck (MRK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley with analyst David Risinger saying the Keytruda+chemo combination showed better than expected results in lung cancer, boosting the company's immuno-oncology lead against Bristol-Myers (BMY). 4. Newell Brands (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo with analyst Bonnie Herzog saying the stock's setup is good looking forward, with greater potential upside than downside risk over the next 12 months. 5. Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley with analyst Brian Nowak citing recent advertiser conversations that have continued to be incrementally positive about Twitter's ad business. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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Newell Brands upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog upgraded Newell Brands to Outperform and raised her price target for the shares to $33 from $25. The stock's setup is good looking forward, with greater potential upside than downside risk over the next 12 months, Herzog tells investors in a research note. She calls her upgrade more of an event-driven break-up call versus a fundamental improvement call. The analyst's break-up analysis suggests the targeted $10B after-tax proceeds from the planned divestitures could prove conservative. Newell's current valuation is not reflective of its underlying value, Herzog contends.
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Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Newell Brands (NWL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at SunTrust with analyst William Chappell saying the stock is in "no-man's land" for a few quarters after its decision to increase its asset sale to $10B from $6B without disclosing which assets are sold following its recent agreement with activist shareholder Starboard Value. 2. Macerich (MAC) and Simon Property (SPG) were downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan. 3. Kimco Realty (KIM) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley with analyst Richard Hill saying he is cautious on REITs in general, but higher quality strips are better positioned to mitigate decelerating growth risks. 4. Range Resources (RRC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein with analyst Bob Brackett saying he believes gas levered names, particularly those with significant debt loads, are likely to struggle as gas prices compress cash margins. 5. Dominion Midstream (DM) downgraded to In Line from Outperform at Evercore ISI. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.

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