Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Seeking Alpha: OM Group Hasn't Transformed Fast Enough

It wasn't supposed to be this way for OM Group (NYSE:OMG). Selling its cobalt and ultra-pure chemicals businesses and acquiring an advanced magnets business was supposed to transform this company from a cyclical commodity business to a growth-oriented specialty materials business. As it happens, though, the company has seen a much weaker recovery in Europe than hoped, not to mention lower demand in renewable energy, medical batteries, and electronics.

Management meaningfully lowered full-year EBITDA expectations after the second-quarter report, and more recently, laid out a medium-term growth outlook that calls for just 2%-3% annual revenue growth through 2017. The combination of relatively low expected growth and investors allocating away from specialty materials stocks has led to a one-third drop in OM Group's share price from the time of my last update in April.

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OM Group Hasn't Transformed Fast Enough

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