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Stanley Black (SWK) Divests Infrastructure Business for $760M

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Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. SWK recently announced the completion of the sale of its STANLEY Infrastructure (Infrastructure) business to Epiroc AB for a cash amount of $760 million. The deal was announced in December 2023.

Based in Sweden, Epiroc AB is a producer of mining and construction equipment. The company is engaged in providing service and other aftermarket support and solutions for automation, digitalization and electrification.

The divestment of the Infrastructure Business will help Stanley Black to focus on its core businesses while supporting its capital-allocation priorities. SWK expects to use the cash proceeds of the transaction, net of modest taxes, to reduce its debt.

Stanley Black remains open to divesting its non-core operations to unlock value for its shareholders. In July 2022, the company sold its Security Business to Securitas AB for $3.2 billion. Stanley Black funded its debt reduction from the net proceeds of this sale.

Zacks Rank and Price Performance

Stanley Black currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Stanley Black has been benefiting from the solid momentum in the engineered fastening business, driven by strength in aerospace and auto end markets. The company’s global cost-reduction program is expected to aid its bottom line and drive margin performance in the quarters ahead.

However, lower consumer outdoor and DIY market demand is a drag on SWK’s Tools & Outdoor segment’s performance. Within the segment, the Outdoor business has also been witnessing customer destocking.

In the past year, the stock rose 20.1% compared with the industry’s 32.1% increase.

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