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Investor Holds 7.1% Stake in Torrance Firm

June 27, 1989| From a Times Staff Writer

Kansas City investor John Latshaw reported Monday that he controls a 7.1% stake in Standard Brands Paint Co. of Torrance. He described the holding as an investment.

Latshaw, chairman of Latshaw Enterprises, a manufacturer of mechanical controls and molded plastic parts in Missouri, said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that his company owns 202,700 of the 405,400 shares that he controls. The SEC filing also indicated that the 7.1% stake includes 178,150 shares acquired from April 17 to June 16 for $14.50 to $16.75 a share.

On the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Standard Brands common stock spurted to a 52-week high of $19.375 before falling back to close the day's trading at $16.75, off 87.50 cents.

Standard Brands is a leading do-it-yourself home-decorating retailer and paint manufacturer. It was the target of two takeover bids in 1987, prompting the company to repurchase 6 million of its common shares--53% of the total then outstanding--through a tender offer of $25 a share. The stock was trading at about $21 a share at the time.

A Standard Brands spokesman declined comment on Latshaw's filing.

Standard Brands' net income fell to $8 million on net sales of $304.4 million in its fiscal year ended Jan. 31, down from profit of $15 million on net sales of $305.5 million the year before. Its operating income, however, rose to $36.1 million from $34.3 million.

The company's financial results over the last two years were affected by the reorganization it launched in 1987.

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