Buy DuPont as Dow combination to create strong growth, Nomura says

|By:, SA News Editor

DuPont (DD +0.4%) is initiated with a Buy rating and $78 price target at Nomura, which expects strong earnings potential from the proposed combination with Dow Chemical (DOW +0.6%).

Nomura expects the DuPont-Dow merger to generate above-trend growth in earnings and free cash flow for the next three years, which it considers "exceptional in a macro environment where growth is scarce."

DuPont management’s integration plan through 2019, which centers on aggressive cost cuts and assets spinoffs and sales, makes the shares especially compelling, the firm says, estimating the moves should result in equity value compounding at 16% annually during 2017-19.