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HTZ

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Analyst says sell Hertz in wake of weak Avis results

Credit Suisse downgraded car rental company Hertz (HTZ) to Underperform, its equivalent of a sell rating, from Neutral. In the wake of Avis' weak Q4 volumes and its lower than expected guidance, the outlook for Hertz has deteriorated, the firm warned. The firm also downgraded Avis Budget (CAR), lowering its rating on the shares to Neutral from Outperform. AVIS RESULTS: Avis' sales volume in the Americas fell 1% last quarter, and it predicted that its volume for the region would increase a lower than expected 1%-2% this year, noted Credit Suisse analyst Anjaneya Singh. Moreover, the company's profits and revenue both came in slightly below expectations. HERTZ READ THROUGH: Avis' results bode badly for Hertz's Q4 results and guidance, contended Singh. Specifically, Hertz will have difficulty generating profits, given the "weak volume growth, flattish pricing, and inflationary fleet costs" that characterize the rental car environment, the analyst warned. Hertz's Americas volume growth, like that of Avis, will probably be weak, the analyst stated. Since Avis usually executes very well, Hertz's results will probably be "much worse" than those of its competitor, according to Singh. The analyst slashed his price target on Hertz to $15 from $27. AVIS: Singh says that Avis remains the best stock in the rental car space, but he believes that the company's guidance suggests that its growth will be "lackluster." The stock's risk/reward ratio is "relatively balanced" at current levels, the analyst stated. He cut his price target on the shares to $38 from $44. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hertz sank 5.6% to $20.44 and Avis fell 2.8% to $34.77 per share.

HTZ

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$20.53

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CAR

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$35.76

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HTZ Hertz
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Equal Weight
Hertz downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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Target $30

Equal Weight
Hertz downgraded to Equal Weight on reduced earnings at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Hertz to Equal Weight from Overweight. Analyst Adam Jonas has reduced his 2017 earnings forecast by approximately 30% following the Q3 miss and said financial leverage has increased to near 5x from 2.9x. Jonas views Hertz valuation as full and sees a LBO derived price target of $30.
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Hertz downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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Underperform
Hertz downgraded to Underperform at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse analyst Anjaneya Singh downgraded Hertz (HTZ) to Underperform from Neutral following a Q4 update from its peer Avis Budget (CAR). The analyst believes the latter's update presents a negative read-through for Hertz's Q4 and 2017 guide. In an environment that presents weak volume growth, flattish pricing, and inflationary fleet costs, Singh sees Hertz struggling to generate profit growth reflected in consensus estimates. He also lowered his price target on Hertz's shares to $15 from $27.
CAR Avis Budget
$35.76

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Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Avis Budget (CAR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman. 2. Fulgent Genetics (FLGT) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray, a Buy at BTIG, and an Outperform at Credit Suisse. 3. MedEquities (MRT) Realty Trust initiated with a Neutral at Citi, a Neutral at JPMorgan, an Outperform at JMP Securities, an Outperform at RBC Capital, an Outperform at FBR Capital, and an Outperform at Raymond James. 4. Tabula Rasa HealthCare (TRHC) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray, a Buy at Stifel, an Outperform at Baird, a Buy at UBS, and an Outperform at Wells Fargo. 5. Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Buy at Needham. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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Avis Budget downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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Neutral
Avis Budget downgraded to Neutral at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse analyst Anjaneya Singh downgraded Avis Budget to Neutral from Outperform following the company's Q4 results. While the analyst still views Avis Budget to be the preferred play in rental cars, the lackluster growth environment implied in the company's outlook leaves him less bullish than before. Additionally, Singh sees the downside to the shares being limited by strong repurchases, leading him to view the risk/reward as relatively balanced. The analyst also lowered his price target on the stock to $38 from $44.

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