Deutsche Bank maintains a 'Buy' on Regions Financial (RF); Remains Our Top Regional Pick Following CFO Dinner

November 16, 2011 11:31 AM EST
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Deutsche Bank maintains a 'Buy' on Regions Financial (NYSE: RF) price target of $5.00.

Deutsche analyst says, "Takeaways from Dinner: 1) Following a mixed 3Q, credit expected to improve from here. Some of this likely reflects a smaller land book—at just $2.1b (or 2-3% of loans, but accounting for ~20% of NPA inflows); 2) Capital continues to improve and recovery of deferred tax asset (worth 50bps) seems likely over the next couple of years; 3) Mgmt reiterated optimism in completing its strategic review of Morgan Keegan in the near term; 4) TARP repayment strategy unchanged (mgmt is sensitive to dilution and will be patient). We’ve assumed a related issuance of $1.2b or ~35% of TARP but our bias is it will be less given Tier 1 common is likely to exceed 9% organically by year-end 2012. 5) Net interest margin to be stable through 2012; 6) Expense mgmt remains a focus (we estimate a 3-5% reduction in core expenses in 2012 vs. 3Q)."

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Shares of Regions Financial closed at $4.04 yesterday.

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