FBR Capital Downgrades Tower Group (TWGP) to Market Perform After Further Financial Report Delay

September 18, 2013 6:46 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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FBR Capital downgraded Tower Group (NASDAQ: TWGP) from Outperform to Market Perform with a price target of $17.00 (from $22.00) on further financials delay.

Analyst Randy Binner notes, "After the close on September 17, 2013, Tower put out a press release further delaying its 2Q13 results. The company did not affirm its previous EPS guidance for 2Q13 of ($0.85) to $0.15. Our conclusion thus is that the reserve charge, which had been estimated at $60 million to $110 million pretax, could be higher. Net reserves are ~$1.5 billion, so a charge that could be greater than 7% of reserves, combined with a charge of ~5% of reserves in 2012, puts the company in a weaker capital position."


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Shares of Tower Group closed at $13.86 yesterday.


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