March 9, 2012 - www.investorideas.com, a leader in sector research including water stocks issues a news and trading alert for Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA). The stock closed up at $3.45, up 0.60 or 21.0% on volume of 6,242,190 shares, making it a top percentage gainer on the NYSE for Thurs
March 9, 2012 - www.investorideas.com, a leader in sector research including water stocks issues a news and trading alert for Mueller Water Products, Inc. (NYSE:MWA). The stock closed up at $3.45, up 0.60 or 21.0% on volume of 6,242,190 shares, making it a top percentage gainer on the NYSE for Thursday's session.
The Company reported Thursday it signed a purchase agreement to divest United States Pipe and Foundry Company, LLC and Fast Fabricators, LLC (together "U.S. Pipe") to an affiliate of Wynnchurch Capital, Ltd. a Chicago-based private equity firm with offices in Dallas, Detroit and Toronto, the Company announced today. Partnering with Wynnchurch in the transaction is the Comvest Group, a leading private investment firm focused on providing equity and debt capital to lower middle-market companies.
"The divestiture of U.S. Pipe enables us to focus on our higher-margin businesses and newer technology initiatives," said Gregory E. Hyland, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mueller Water Products. "We believe that with this enhanced focus, the true potential of these initiatives will become more apparent to both our customers and stockholders. The ductile iron pipe business has been volatile, which has negatively impacted our financial performance and, we believe, masked the true value of our overall business. We have a solid platform for growth, and we believe the financial flexibility generated from the sale of U.S. Pipe, coupled with our strategic vision, will increase our ability to more profitably grow our business."
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