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Wintrust Financial

$67.41

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Wintrust Financial acquires Elektra Holding in roughly $51.9M deal

Wintrust Financial Corporation announced the acquisition of Elektra Holding Company, LLC, the parent company of Chicago Deferred Exchange Company, LLC. CDEC is a provider of Qualified Intermediary services for taxpayers seeking to structure tax-deferred like-kind exchanges under Internal Revenue Code Section 1031. Under IRC Section 1031, a taxpayer may defer the gain on the sale of certain investment property if the taxpayer utilizes the services of a Qualified Intermediary. The aggregate purchase price was paid in cash and totaled approximately $51.9M. The transaction is expected to be slightly accretive to Wintrust's 2018 earnings per share.

WTFC Wintrust Financial
$67.41

-0.88 (-1.29%)

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10/15/18
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Target $94
SPHN
Overweight
Wintrust Financial upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
Stephens analyst Terry McEvoy upgraded Wintrust Financial to Overweight from Equal Weight following the stock's 8% pullback over the last 90 days. Higher interest rates will be a positive to NIM in Q4 and the bank should see above-peer revenue growth, McEvoy tells investors. He set a $94 price target on Wintrust shares.
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DADA
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Wintrust Financial upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson
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Target $95
DADA
Buy
Wintrust Financial upgraded to Buy at DA Davidson on valuation
As reported earlier, DA Davidson analyst Kevin Reevey upgraded Wintrust Financial to Buy from Neutral while also lowering his price target to $95 from $98. The analyst notes that after a 12% month-to-date decline in its stock price, the bank shares are offering an "attractive entry point" as they trade at just 11.7-times his expected forward earnings and represent a 7.8% discount to the peer group. Reevey contends that Wintrust Financial's strong operating metrics, such as the 9% organic loan growth expected in 2019, warrant for its shares to trade at a premium.
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10/19/18
NO CHANGE
Target $92
RBCM
Outperform
Wintrust Financial price target lowered to $92 from $100 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Jon Arfstrom lowered his price target on Wintrust Financial to $92 to reflect the recent changes in peer multiples but sees the bank's Q3 results as "decent". The analyst cites "good loan and deposit growth, higher mortgage revenues, and reasonable expense trends", even though "more aggressive deposit initiatives" increased funding costs. Arfstrom keeps his Outperform rating on Wintrust Financial and also raises his FY19 EPS view by 5c to $6.50.

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