Needham & Co Bullish Long Term on Hexcel (HXL), Sees Defense Budget Challenges

November 23, 2012 8:32 AM EST
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Needham & Company maintained a Buy on Hexcel Corp. (NYSE: HXL) and trimmed its price target to $32.00 (from $33.00).

"We are bullish on the long-term prospects in commercial aerospace given the large backlog of planes to be built," said analyst Michael Lew.

However, Lew thinks Space & Defense is likely to be impacted by budget cuts, and as a result he trimmed 2013 sales estimates to $1,655 million (from $1,736.1 million) and EPS to $1.65 (from $1.71 per share).

"Our 2013 estimate reduction reflects the likely impact from a more pronounced decline in that segment as pre-ordering of wind turbines ahead of the potential expiration of the American Renewable Production Tax Credit(ARPTC) should result in an inventory adjustment in the upcoming year," stated Lew.

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Shares of Hexcel Corp. closed at $25.10 yesterday.

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