Plum Creek Timber Co Inc

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    Analyzing the Valuations of Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Timber

    Analysts on Wall Street seem quite positive about the Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Timber securities. Eleven analysts are in support of buying the former.

    By Steve Sage
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    Analyzing Plum Creek Timber’s Merger with Weyerhaeuser

    Plum Creek Timber (PCL) generated returns of 14.6% last week, backed by news of a merger with Weyerhaeuser (WY). WY bought PCL for $8.44 billion.

    By Steve Sage
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    Parsing the Plum Creek Timber–Weyerhaeuser Merger: Part 2

    In the MAE (material adverse effect) clause of the Plum Creek Timber–Weyerhaeuser merger, there’s a disproportionate effect clause, so if something affects PCL specifically, it is considered a MAE.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Weyerhaeuser on Its Way to Acquire Plum Creek Timber

    Stocks at the top of the SPY ETF on November 9 were Plum Creek Timber, Apache, and Norfolk Southern. They gained 17.3%, 13.2%, and 11.0%, respectively.

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    Will Arbitrageurs Set up the Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser Deal?

    Given the antitrust risk in the Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser merger, it probably should trade at a risk-to-reward ratio of about 5:1, which works out to a spread of $1.66 and an annualized spread of 9%.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Risk-to-Reward Ratio of the Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser Merger

    The spread in the Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser merger is trading slightly negatively (about 6 cents), but the positive dividend carry gives the deal a positive spread.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Could the Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser Merger Get Competitive?

    In the Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser merger, Weyerhaeuser is paying about 7.4x trailing-12-month revenues and 25.4x trailing-12-month EBITDA.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Rationale for the Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser Merger

    In the Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser merger, Weyerhaeuser (WY) and Plum Creek Timber (PCL) anticipate annual cost synergies of $100 million.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    Basics of the Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser Merger

    The equity value of the Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser merger is about $8.4 billion and $11.4 billion if you include debt.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    The Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser Merger

    In the Plum Creek Timber-Weyerhaeuser merger, Weyerhaeuser Company (WY) has agreed to buy Plum Creek Timber Company (PCL) for $8.4 billion in stock.

    By Brent Nyitray, CFA, MBA
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    A Comparative Analysis of SPLV’s Portfolio with the Market

    SPLV’s top five holdings are Plum Creek Timber (PCL), Paychex (PAYX), PepsiCo (PEP), ACE (ACE), and Republic Services (RSG).

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    An Overview on SPLV’s Low Volatility Holdings

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    A Fund Flow Analysis of SPLV

    For the current year, SPLV’s share redemptions have exceeded share purchases, which has resulted in negative fund flow, or an outflow, for the ETF.

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    A Structural Analysis of SPLV

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    How Does Plum Creek Timber Compare to Its Peers?

    The price-to-book value ratios of Plum Creek Timber, Weyerhaeuser, Rayonier, Louisiana-Pacific, and Potlatch are 4.67x, 3.08x, 2.04x, 2.39x, and 5.83x.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Plum Creek Timber’s Income and Revenue Rose in 3Q15

    After its 3Q15 earnings report, Plum Creek Timber fell by 0.15% to close at $40.79 per share as of October 26, 2015.

    By Gabriel Kane
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    Minimum Volatility Portfolios of USMV and SPLV Reduce Risk

    The iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (USMV) selects stocks for its portfolio on the basis of volatility. USMV’s top holdings include AT&T (T), McDonald’s (MCD), and AutoZone (AZO).

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    A Must-Read Comparative Analysis of SPLV and USMV

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    Understanding the Investment Strategy of SPLV

    SPLV currently manages a total portfolio of $4.48 billion distributed over 100 stocks. It has a net expense ratio of 0.25%

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