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Latour Drops as Swedbank Sees Higher Discount: Stockholm Mover

February 21, 2013

Investment AB Latour (LATOB), which owns stakes in Swedish companies such as Assa Abloy AB (ASSAB) and Securitas AB (SECUB), fell the most in over nine months after Swedbank cut its estimates on the value of the group’s unlisted assets and downgraded the shares to reduce.

The share declined as much as 3.7 percent, the biggest intraday drop since May 14. Latour fell 2.8 percent to 141 kronor as of 2:10 p.m. in Stockholm, giving the company a market value of 24.4 billion kronor ($3.8 billion). Swedbank cut the stock from neutral and reduced the price estimate to 138 kronor a share from 140 kronor.

Order intake and sales in Gothenburg-based Latour’s wholly owned industrial operations declined 8 percent in the fourth quarter and earnings before interest and taxes declined 15 percent to 153 million kronor. The company’s unlisted holdings include Hultafors AB, Specma AB and Swegon AB.

Swedbank analyst Niclas Hoglund downgraded his value estimate for Latour’s non-listed holdings and said in a note to clients that the company trades at a net asset value discount of 14 percent, well below the 12-month trend.

“Our neutral portfolio view does not balance downside risks related to the discount,” Hoglund said. It will be “a key negative value driver short-term.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Janina Pfalzer in Stockholm at jpfalzer@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Thiel at sthiel1@bloomberg.net


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