Activist firm seeks changes at LSB Industries, shares add 1.5%

LSB Industries (LXU +1.5%) shareholder Engine Capital this morning issued an open letter seeking change in the composition of LSB's, a sale or spinoff of the climate control business, and creation of an MLP of certain chemical assets.

The activist firm thinks the climate control business is worth $300M-$350M, or at least 9x normalized EBITDA based on where its public peers trade and perhaps considerably more to synergistic buyers based on M&A multiples.

LSB says it will evaluate the letter, but believes its interests are aligned with shareholders given management's ~19% ownership stake in the company.

Also, LSB says its Pryor, Okla., chemical facility has resumed ammonia production after being taken out of service to perform unplanned maintenance.

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