Jefferies Maintains a 'Buy' on Quiksilver (ZQK); Use Recent Dip As Buying Opportunity

March 13, 2012 9:09 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Price: $1.92 +7.26%

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Jefferies maintains a 'Buy' on Quiksilver (NYSE: ZQK) price target of $5.50.

Analyst, Taposh Bari, said, "EPS: Beat Momentum On the Horizon. In our view, the market's frustration with this stock has to do with management's focus on long-term adjusted EBITDA ($400m by 2015) while de-emphasising near-term EPS (and no official guidance). This is currently at play with ZQK missing 1Q12 EPS (vs. consensus) despite making solid progress towards its 5-year plan. Regardless, the EPS volatility is a reality and the likely reason behind a discounted valuation (ZQK trades at 7x EV/EBITDA vs. the peer group at 9x). As it stands, we see 2Q12 as ZQK's last noisy quarter (modeling a 3c loss vs. Street at +2c) before entering an extended period of accelerated sales and earnings (driven by DC distribution / brand growth, emerging markets, lower product costs, SG&A leverage, etc). As such, we see current valuation as an attractive entry point ahead of a fundamental inflection in the story...We would use the recent -13% correction in ZQK as an opportunity to buy and accumulate shares."

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Shares of Quiksilver closed at $4.05 yesterday.


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