Estée Lauder (EL): Guidance Trumps Good Results - UBS

August 22, 2016 7:54 AM EDT
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Price: $79.63 +0.94%

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    20 Buy, 8 Hold, 2 Sell

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    Up: 30 | Down: 30 | New: 23
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UBS analyst, Stephen Powers reiterated his Buy rating on shares of Estee Lauder (NYSE: EL) along with a price target of $104 after EL's FYQ4 performance confirmed buy-side expectations of +7% FXneutral growth.

EL partly allayed fears of structurally lower growth as it guided to +6-7% FX-neutral growth in FY17 (vs. fears of +5-7%) and maintained its +6-8% long-term growth outlook. This should be considered a relative positive, along with EL's FYQ4 EPS beat ($0.43 vs. Consensus of $0.40).

However, this was more than offset by EL's potentially conservative FY17 EPS guidance of $3.38-$3.44 (Consensus of $3.53) and reduced long-term margin target, driving the stock down Friday.

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Shares of Estee Lauder closed at $91.73 yesterday.

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