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Stock Research and Analysis

by Todd Wenning, CFA

Bulls Say

The now-smaller MeadWestvaco could be an acquisition target for another paper-based packaging company.
MeadWestvaco's Specialty Chemicals business will benefit from global megatrends of energy, infrastructure spending, and environmental protection.
Unlike many of its competitors who are burdened by yawning pension deficits, MeadWestvaco carries a pension asset. Read more 

Bears Say

Most of MeadWestvaco's products are commoditized and compete primarily on price.
MWV's stock performance has underperformed its packaging peers over the last decade and has struggled to consistently generate returns above its cost of capital.
MeadWestvaco didn't sell the most actively managed portion of its real estate holdings, which will remain a distraction from the core packaging business. Read more 

Management

We assign MeadWestvaco a Standard stewardship rating. John A. Luke Jr., has been chairman and CEO of MeadWestvaco since the merged company's formation in 2002, and was the chairman and CEO of Westvaco from 1996 to 2002. He began his career with Westvaco   Read more 

Profile

Following the 2012 spin-off and merger of its consumer and office products division and the land sale to Plum Creek, MeadWestvaco is more focused on its packaging divisions,  Read more 

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