Bloom Energy price target lowered to $18 from $33 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster lowered his price target for Bloom Energy to $18 from $33 after the company reset its expectations for fiscal 2020. Bloom expects unit volumes in 2020 to grow at about 30% year-over-year, but average selling prices are expected to decline at a similar rate, yielding flattish year-over-year revenue growth, Coster tells investors in a research note. The analyst reduced his estimates but finds it encouraging that Bloom Energy continues to expect to generate positive free cash flow in the second half of 2019 and fiscal 2020. Some U.S. state and local authorities are considering moratoria on gas distribution pipeline deployments, in "aggressive pursuit" of de-carbonization and 100% renewable goals, the analyst points out. Bloom "could be the proverbial canary in a coal mine" as commercial end-customers hit the pause button on gas investments, contends the analyst. He keeps an Overweight rating on the shares, however.