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What: Shares of chemical manufacturer Georgia Gulf (NYSE: GGC ) fell as much as 11% this morning following news that a rival had dropped its takeover bid for the company.
So what: Petrochemicals manufacturer Westlake Chemicals (NYSE: WLK ) made two bids for Georgia Gulf -- one for $30 per share, and one higher bid for $35 -- before realizing that walking away from the deal was in both parties' best interests after Georgia Gulf's board failed to show support. Westlake Chemical noted that it will sell its entire stake in Georgia Gulf as market conditions permit. In return, Georgia Gulf's management released a statement today reminding shareholders that its first-quarter results were higher than any other first-quarter results in the past six years.
Now what: It's not surprising to see some of the air lifted out from under Georgia Gulf's shares after the Westlake deal fell through, but Georgia Gulf's management does have a point -- its results have been improving. At just nine times forward earnings, there just might be a nice value to be had here if the stock continues to fall. I'll add Georgia Gulf to My Watchlist for further reference.
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