Progressive shares could top $100 in next 12 months, says William Blair
William Blair analyst Adam Klauber says "rising secular tailwinds" should push Progressive's earnings "materially higher" than expectations. The impact of accelerating bundling should result in the company's earnings per share more than doubling from $2.50 in 2017 to the $5.50 to $6.00 range in 2019, Klauber tells investors in a research note. He notes that the consensus earnings estimate for 2019 is only at $3.97. The benefits of bundling expanding, like higher premium levels and growing invested assets, are just beginning to manifest and do not appear to be reflected in the stock price, the analyst contends. He thinks Progressive shares could reach $100-plus in the next 12 months. The stock closed yesterday at $61.72.