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Spectrum Brands Completes Acquisition of Residential Lockset Business of Tong Lung Metal Industry Co

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Spectrum Brands Completes Acquisition of Residential Lockset Business of Tong Lung Metal Industry Co. Ltd.

MADISON, Wis.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. (NYS: SPB) announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the residential lockset business of Tong Lung Metal Industry Co. Ltd. (Tong Lung), a Taiwanese manufacturer of residential and commercial locksets and related hardware, in connection with Spectrum Brands‘ accretive cash purchase of the Hardware & Home Improvement Group (HHI) of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYS: SWK) on December 17, 2012. The commercial lockset business of Tong Lung will remain with Stanley Black & Decker.

A total of $100 million of the $1.4 billion HHI purchase price had been held in escrow until the closing of the Tong Lung portion of the HHI acquisition. Thepurchase includes the Tong Lung Metal Industry Co. Ltd. name, a major residential lockset manufacturing plant in Subic Bay, Philippines and sales, R&D and engineering operations for tooling and new product development in Taiwan. For the 12 months ended December 31, 2011, the Tong Lung residential business had sales of approximately $48 million, excluding sales to HHI. Tong Lung‘s residential OEM and branded lockset sales are primarily to customers in North America, Asia and Latin America. Tong Lung branded products are predominantly sold under its EZSET brand.

With manufacturing operations in the Philippines and Taiwan, Tong Lung further diversifies and vertically integrates HHI‘s supply chain and expands capacity for high quality tubular, electronic, mortise and cylindrical lockset manufacturing and hardware manufacturing that will accelerate HHI‘s global growth initiatives.

Tong Lung‘s existing sales and distribution channels throughout Asia and Latin America provide immediate new growth opportunities for HHI‘s international lock and electronic security products. HHI‘s focus on innovation in both traditional and electronic product categories will be enhanced through Tong Lung‘s manufacturing tooling center and robust, in-house engineering and R&D capabilities, which will add velocity and breadth to new product introductions.

HHI is a major manufacturer and supplier of residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware and faucets for residential applications with a portfolio of renowned brands, including Kwikset, Weiser, Baldwin, National Hardware, Stanley, FANAL, Pfister and EZSET. HHI is a leader in its key markets with #1 positions in U.S. residential locksets (Kwikset), Canada residential locksets (Weiser), U.S. luxury locksets (Baldwin), and U.S. builders’ hardware (Stanley/National Hardware), and a top 5 position in U.S. faucets (Pfister).

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Will the Market Change Its Opinion on This Unloved Stock?

By Michael Lewis, Lewis, The Motley Fool

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When businesses and their managers make mistakes, one of two things happens. The business becomes less or totally unappealing because of deteriorating long-term trends, and the stock sinks; or, the business makes some errors that do not reflect the long-term viability of the company, and the stock sinks. The first option is unfortunate, while the second can be very attractive.

A conglomerate with a great portfolio of consumer products, The Harbinger Group , has been victim of a two-pronged flub-up. Last May, the company’s broadband start-up, LightSquared, entered into bankruptcy after it failed to achieve a favorable ruling from regulators. The company has a $3 billion position in LightSquared and is currently ushering it through bankruptcy. Then, Harbinger boss Phil Falcone was accused of using company funds to pay personal taxes and less-than-kosher practices in running his hedge fund. While all of it was certainly a no-no, it doesn’t reflect the underlying strength in other parts of the company.

As the part owner of some incredible household brands and a valuable insurance operation, is this company an undervalued conglomerate?

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Harbinger has its hand in many honeypots, but perhaps the most appealing is its 60% position in Spectrum Brands . Though not itself a household name, Spectrum owns evergreen brands such as Stanley Black & Decker, Rayovac batteries, George Foreman, Faberware, and Remington.

The thing is, when one mentions Harbinger, it’s typically in reference to Falcone’s actions. While he could be considered a fundamental risk to the company, I believe the manager has made an effort to right his ways and move forward the best he can. More importantly, I believe his name has punished the company, which has not itself done anything unfavorable, besides the failed bet in LightSquared. The market, as usual, hasn’t been able to separate the two in its valuation of the company. When you look at Harbinger compared with other conglomerates and consumer-product holding companies, it becomes clear that the market is down on the company.

For example, look at Fortune Brands Home and Security . I’ve written about FBHS in the past, and I’ve been a big fan of the company ever since its spin-off from Beam. While FBHS is a more concentrated play on housing and carries less risk than Harbinger (mainly because of LightSquared), it trades at a substantial premium. With a forward P/E of nearly 23 and an EV/EBITDA of 20.35, FBHS is far richer than Harbinger’s 10.6 and 4.56, respectively.

The company’s position in Spectrum Brands suggests substantial upside potential. Spectrum has been on a nearly vertical climb in the past 12 months, doubling in stock price based on the strong performance of its names, but it still trades at just 13.7 times forward earnings and has a trailing price-to-sales ratio of 0.87. FBHS trades at twice that figure — 1.64.

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What’s keeping the company down, besides Falcone’s history with the SEC, is LightSquared. By now, it’s a failed company that …read more
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