Why Goodyear Stock Is Sharply Higher Today

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What happened

Shares of Goodyear Tire & Rubber (NASDAQ:GT) were trading sharply higher on Monday after the company announced it will acquire rival Cooper Tire (NYSE:CTB) in a friendly cash-and-stock deal.

It’s no surprise that Cooper Tire’s stock soared on the news as Goodyear is acquiring Cooper at a 24% premium to Friday’s closing price. It’s somewhat unusual for an acquirer’s stock to surge in these situations, but auto investors clearly like the deal.

As of 1:45 p.m. EST, Goodyear’s stock was up about 18.8% from Friday’s closing price, and Cooper Tire’s was up about 29.8%.

So what

Here are the key points of the deal:

  1. Goodyear is paying about $2.8 billion for Cooper Tire, or $54.36 per share.
  2. Cooper Tire shareholders will receive a mix of cash and Goodyear stock: $41.75 in cash and 0.907 shares of Goodyear for each share of Cooper Tire. 

This feels like a good deal for both parties, not least because Goodyear and Cooper Tire have complementary brand portfolios. Goodyear has traditionally focused on passenger-vehicle tires, with a sizable business in tires sold to automakers for new vehicles. Cooper Tire, on the other hand, has strong high-margin offerings for light trucks and SUVs, and a substantial retail presence.

Image source: Goodyear Tire & Rubber.

Simply put, Goodyear gets a good brand in market segments where it has traditionally been less strong, some added production capacity, and — importantly — an expanded presence in China, where Cooper’s business has been thriving.

Now what

Adding the businesses together on paper, we see a combined company with $17.5 billion in annual revenue, about $1 billion in operating income, and about $525 million in annual free cash flow.

If all goes well, investors can expect the deal to close in the second half of 2021.