The Sherwin-Williams Company SHW has signed a purchase agreement with global coatings manufacturer Akzo Nobel N.V. to divest its China architectural paint business. The business manufactures and sells decorative paints in China under the Huarun brand name. It has annual revenues of about $100 million and employs about 300 people. Subject to customary regulatory approvals, the transaction is likely to close in the second half of 2023.
The architectural paint business was previously reported in the Sherwin-Williams Consumer Brands Group and became part of Sherwin-Williams through the acquisition of The Valspar Corporation in 2017.
According to Sherwin-Williams, the divestiture of the business is in sync with the company’s ongoing strategy to optimize its portfolio, brands and customer programs in order to deliver continued value for its shareholders. The company believes its resources can be better allocated to other areas to provide more growth, higher returns and cash flow. SHW is nevertheless determined to expand its industrial coatings business in the region.
Shares of Sherwin-Williams have lost 7.7% over the past year compared with an 7.5% decline of its industry.
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On its fourth-quarterearnings call company said that it expects a challenging demand scenario in 2023. Due to the slowing of the U.S. housing market, the company expects its architectural and some industrial sectors to remain under pressure. Rising inflation is also anticipated to hurt the company’s performance. Furthermore, SHW expects weakening economic circumstances in Europe, uncertainty in China due to the pandemic and a slowdown in the United States, as seen in some industries, to have an adverse impact on its industrial business.
It expects consolidated net sales to be flat to fall in a mid-single-digit percentage range year over year for 2023. Sherwin-Williams anticipates full-year earnings of $6.79-$7.59 per share. For 2023, adjusted earnings per share are expected to be within $7.95-$8.65.
The Sherwin-Williams Company Price and Consensus
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