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Hyatt 6M share Block Trade; price range $50.95-$51.45
BofA/Merrill is acting as sole book running manager for the offering.
On The Fly: Top analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Apache (APA) initiated with a Neutral at MUFG. 2. Marriott (MAR) was initiated with a Buy at Goldman while the firm initiated La Quinta (LQ) with a Sell. Goldman also initiated Red Rock Resorts (RRR), Hyatt (H), and Wyndham (WYN) with a Neutral. 3. Charles Schwab (SCHW) was initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley while the firm initiated E-Trade (ETFC) and TD Ameritrade (AMTD) with an Equal Weight. 4. Valvoline (VVV) initiated with a Buy at Seaport Global. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage,
Hyatt downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
Hyatt, Host Hotels downgraded to Neutral at Nomura
As previously reported, Nomura analyst Harry Curtis downgraded Hyatt (H) and Host Hotels (HST), both to Neutral from Buy, saying that their multiples are unlikely to expand this late in the lodging cycle. Industry RevPAR growth is expected to be roughly 2.5%, or possibly lower, in the second half of 2016 and should remain at current levels with no meaningful change in the supply/demand balance, and asset-heavier companies like Host and Hyatt generate little EBITDA growth at those levels due to cost pressures, Curtis tells investors. The analyst, who prefers asset-light business models, keeps Buy ratings on Hilton (HLT) and Marriott (MAR). Curtis lowered his price target on Host Hotels to $16 from $19 and cut his target on Hyatt to $54 from $59.
Follow-up: Hyatt downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA
CLSA downgraded Hyatt to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $52 from $58. Analyst Aaron Lee said he is concerned about the RevPAR deceleration to 1-3% range and expects Hyatt's owned segment operating leverage to be more of a drag than peers who are more asset-light. Lee believes EBITDA could fall 11% further in a negative low-single digit RevPAR scenario and sees limited topline growth given the challenging industry.
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