The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Colgate-Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley - Press Releases

By Zacks | May 08, 2012 AAA

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL - May 8, 2012 - announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL), Procter & Gamble Company (PG), JP Morgan Chase & Company (JPM), Citigroup Inc. C) and Morgan Stanley (MS).

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Here are highlights from Monday's Analyst Blog:

Colgate Notes at Lowest Coupon Rate

In an effort to enhance its financial flexibility and focus on future growth prospects, one of the leading global consumer product manufacturers Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) has recently sold $500 million worth of 10-year medium-term notes, Reuters reported.

According to news, the new medium-term notes have been issued at $98.249 with a coupon rate of 2.30% maturing in May, 2022. The coupon rate is believed to be the lowest 10-year coupon rate and ties with Procter & Gamble Company's (PG) 10-year medium-term notes maturing in March 2022. Moreover, the company will use the fund to retire its old commercial paper.

Financed by a consortium of investment bankers, JP Morgan Chase & Company (JPM), Citigroup Inc. C) and Morgan Stanley (MS), the funds will be used to retire its old commercial paper. At the end of fiscal 2011, Colgate has total domestic and foreign outstanding commercial paper worth $671 million.

Borrowing costs have gone down significantly, marking a record low, and in turn, facilitating the companies to obtain easy financing at compelling prices. Corporate bonds are in high demand as U.S. treasuries are yielding low rates, driving investors toward the bonds issued by the sound companies.

Debt offers of big companies are being oversubscribed, providing the corporation the option to price their offerings at lower rates. Hence, several companies are coming up with debt offerings to generate interest expense savings by refinancing their outstanding borrowings.

Colgate-Palmolive is the industry leader in oral care and commands market-leading positions in several personal care product categories. Furthermore, a strong portfolio of globally recognized brands, including Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Elmex, Ajax and Axion provide a competitive advantage to the company and strengthens its dominant position in the market.

Moreover, we believe Colgate-Palmolive's continued focus on innovation and development of new products will facilitate it in enhancing its customer base while increasing market share. The company is focusing on acquiring businesses, which have the potential to generate higher top-line growth and margin. We believe the company's recent acquisition and divestment transactions will boost its bottom line.

However, Colgate-Palmolive operates in an intensely competitive environment. The resurgence of archrival Procter & Gamble has signaled new challenges. Global competitive conditions have also intensified, and Colgate is facing strong competition in China, Russia, India, Hong Kong, Brazil and Mexico.

Currently, Colgate-Palmolive maintains a Zacks #3 Rank, which translates into a short-term Hold recommendation. Our long-term recommendation on the stock remains Neutral.

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