Tomahawk, WI 09/18/2014 (Basicsmedia) – E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) remains a strong buy, according to CNBC’s Jim Cramer especially after activist investor, Nelson Peltz, agitated for changes in the company. Peltz remains optimistic that splitting the company could force the stock to climb from the current trading margins to highs of $120.
Cramer argues that Peltz is set to win on’ his push to have the company split into segments that should allow it focus more on its core business. Peltz through his Trian Fund Management maintains that the company’s structure is destroying shareholder value thus the need for a split.
“He is pushing for a change, a big change. Splitting E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) into a fast growing enterprise made of agriculture, nutrition, health and bioscience. […] He thinks that this break up as well as a hefty change in the company’s unallocated spending, meaning spending is kind of overhead, should get this $68 stock to $120,” said Mr. Cramer.
Peltz is also believed to be pushing for a board seat in E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) to realize his vision for the company. Cramer argues that Peltz is the right man with the right vision, which is needed to scale the company in the industry. DuPont has already rubbished claims that it has underperformed in the market. The company reiterates that it is up by 220% ever since current CEO, Ellen J. Kullman, took over in 2008 compared to the S&P 500 which is up by 144% over the same period.
“Peltz is a shrewd judge of companies to go after and good things consistently happen when he gets along. Does this mean I believe in what Peltz wants to do? I think it is more than that. I believe you win if E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) does what Peltz wants,” said Mr. Cramer.
E I Du Pont De Nemours And Co (NYSE:DD) has bolstered it’s stock price over the years through asset sales and cost-cutting measures, consequently exceeding analyst’s estimates.