Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) has surged 5% this afternoon, far out pacing the broader market indexes and its market peers, in part due to Chairman John Huntsman Sr’s comments to Bloomberg that the company was ‘seriously looking’ at a potential merger after spinning of its more volatile titanium dioxide segment. Huntsman Sr. said, ‘We are looking seriously at the possibility of doing a merger or doing something that would double or triple our revenue’. Given that mergers can unlock substantial synergies due to company overlap, traders have bid Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) shares up today in the expectation that the company’s margins might improve if potential M&A occurs.
Sentiment in Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) has also been bullish due to the company guiding for first quarter 2017 adjusted EBITDA to be above the $274 million of adjusted EBITDA Huntsman realized in the first quarter of 2016. Although the stock has surged over the last four quarters, Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) still yields a reasonable 2.18% dividend yield and trades for 10.6 times forward earnings estimates.
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Elite fund sentiment in Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) has been rather stable. Of the 742 elite funds we track, 40 funds owned $662.25 million of Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) and accounted for 14.60% of the float on December 31, versus 42 funds and $563.48 million respectively on September 30.
The Bottom Line
Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) shares rallied due to the news that management is considering M&A that could unlock value for shareholders. The rally in the chemicals producer today furthers the solid performance the company has delivered to shareholders. Shares of Huntsman are currently up over 20% year-to-date and over 82% over the last four quarters.