Klabin Advances as Bank of America Boosts Rating

Klabin SA, Latin America’s biggest paper maker, advanced in Sao Paulo trading after Bank of America Corp. raised its rating on the stock, citing the outlook for the domestic market.

Klabin advanced 0.4 percent to 4.90 reais at the 3 p.m. New York time close. Earlier, the shares rose as much as 2.5 percent.

Investors should look past the “overhang” from the state development bank’s sale of Klabin shares and focus on the “attractive” valuation, Thiago Lofiego and Felipe Hirai, analysts at Bank of America in Sao Paulo, wrote in a note to clients dated yesterday. The company trades at a 10 percent discount to Brazilian peers, according to the analysts.

“Klabin is an attractive way to get exposure to Brazil’s solid macro environment,” the analysts wrote. They raised their recommendation on the shares to “buy” from “underperform.”

Klabin said in a September regulatory filing that BNDESPar, the investment arm of the development bank, had sold 30.5 million preferred shares, reducing its stake in the stock class to 26 percent. The lender’s total planned sale may be more than halfway complete, according to Bank of America.

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