The 2020 Mid-Year Economic Update_long

Day: June 19, 2007

Housing Starts Down From April

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced the following new residential construction statistics for May 2007:
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Building Permits
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,501,000. This is 3% above the revised April rate of 1,457,000, but is 21.7% below the revised May 2006 estimate of 1,918,000.
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Single-family authorizations in May were at a rate of 1,056,000; this is 1.8% below the April figure of 1,075,000. Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 379,000 in May.
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Housing Starts
Privately-owned housing starts in May were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of ...

Actuant Reports 22% Sales Increase

Actuant Corporation, Milwaukee, WI, reported sales of $385 million for the third quarter ended May 31, 2007, up 22% over the same period a year ago. Net earnings were $29.6 million, about the same as a year ago.
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The Industrial Segment generated double-digit core sales growth while the Actuation Systems Segment reported a year-over-year sales decline due to prior-year convertible top launches and the North American heavy duty truck pre-buy.
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Sales for the nine months ended May 31, 2007 were $1.069 billion, or 22% higher than the $877 million in the comparable prior-year period. Excluding the impact of foreign currency rate changes and sales from acquired businesses, core sales increased ...

Home Depot to Sell HD Supply for $10.3B (updated)

The Home Depot, Atlanta, GA, has agreed to sell HD Supply to a team of private equity firms -Bain Capital LLC, Carlyle Group and Clayton Dubilier & Rice Inc. -for $10.3 billion, or roughly 10X-12X EBITDA.
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The sale has been expected for weeks now, with a number of private equity firms rumored to have bid for the unit and several to have bowed out due to the down housing market -one of HD Supply's key customer bases. HD Supply reported a decrease in organic sales in the recent quarter.
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For that reason, the firms likely paid closer to 12X EBITDA, according to Jim Miller, principal and a managing director at investment banking firm Vetus Partners, Cleveland, OH. When they started this process, I believe they were touting approximately $1 billion of EBITDA ...

Eaton Buys Pulizzi Engineering

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation, Cleveland, OH, has acquired Pulizzi Engineering, a manufacturer of AC power distribution, AC power sequencing, redundant power and remote-reboot power management systems. Pulizzi Engineering had 2006 sales of $12 million and is in Santa Ana, CA.
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Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 billion. ...