Spectrum Brands released a statement early Friday morning expressing confidence that the sale of their HHI (hardware & home improvement) segment will go through after all. This is a story that’s been in the making since September 2021. And today, Spectrum Brands stock (SPB) is up over 22% as a result.

The company has been trying to iron out a deal with ASSA ABLOY group – a Swedish conglomerate – to purchase Spectrum Brand’s HHI segment for a whopping $4.3 billion cash. This deal was agreed to back on September 8 of last year before being promptly shut down by the US Department of Justice a mere 7 days later.

The concern by the US DOJ was competition. They created what many deem to be a meritless lawsuit to block the transaction. However, it appears the door has opened once again as the two companies have found a way to ease these concerns.

ASSA ABLOY will sell its Emtek and Smart Residential Business in the US and Canada to Fortune Brands to appease the DOJ, while also making room for the new addition to their roster in Spectrum Brands’ HHI.

According to the CEO of Spectrum Brands – David Maura – this is an acquisition that results in a win for all parties – most of all, consumers. The HHI business is better suited in the hands of ASSA ABLOY, as they’re equipped to handle the fierce competition of the US security market. Maura believes this will result in innovation that grants consumers access to superior products.

Maura finished his statement by expressing that Spectrum Brands continues to strongly disagree with DOJ concerns. Nevertheless, he is confident that the solution all parties put in place will leave the DOJ with no argument – and that the sale will go through in the end. In fact, he expects the sale to be finalized no later than the second quarter of 2023.

This news sent the stock up 22% so far Friday morning – and this is strengthening the price trend we’ve witnessed forming over the past 3 months. So – what should your next move with Spectrum Brands be? Is there still room to buy at a favorable price after today’s spike? Or – is it still too early to tell if this deal is actually going to go through?

Spectrum Brands (SPB) stock chart by VectorVest Mobile

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Although SPB Has Excellent Timing, Upside Potential & Safety are Poor

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  • Poor Upside Potential: In taking a look at the long-term price appreciation potential for SPB through VectorVest, you’ll discover that the upside potential is poor – with an RV rating of 0.56. In fact, the stock is overvalued at the current price – with the current value of just $26.81.
  • Poor Safety: An indicator of risk, the relative safety rating analyzes a company’s financial consistency and predictability, debt-to-equity ratio, and business longevity. As for SPB, the RS rating of 0.69 is poor.
  • Excellent Timing: This is where things get interesting – as there is no denying the excellent timing behind SPB’s price trend. The RT rating of 1.76 reflects that. This is calculated based on the direction, dynamics, and magnitude of the stock’s price movement day over day, week over week, quarter over quarter, and year over year.

Combine them all into a singular Value, Safety, & Timing metric (VST) and SPB has a good rating of 1.20. Now – the question is, does the excellent timing right now outweigh the poor upside potential and safety – or vice versa?

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Spectrum Brands (SPB) stock analysis by VectorVest

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