UBS Lowers Numbers on J. C. Penney (JCP); Analyzing The Bull & Bear Case

August 14, 2012 1:15 PM EDT
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Price: $6.69 -1.76%

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UBS maintains a 'Neutral' on J. C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) price target of $23.00 (from $24.00).

Analyst, Michael Binetti, said, "With increasingly disparate potential outcomes over the next 2-yrs, we explore bull & bear scenarios to help frame JCP’s valuation. Our bear case assumes that new initiatives don’t capture consumer traffic, SSS remains negative (-3% in ‘13), and EBIT margins remain in the low single digits—which could result in stock downside to $10 (4x EBITDA). Our bull case assumes SSS accelerates (+7% in ‘13) amid easy compares as new shops open, and GM’s approach JCP’s 4.0% target by ’15—which could push the 1-yr fwd stock value to $46 (7x EBITDA)."

Binetti lowers FY13 from $1.04 to $0.21 ($0.75 ex-pension) and FY14 from $2.48 to $1.52. 3Q & 4Q same-store sales lowered to -15% & -10% (from -10% & -5% previously). All in, Binetti keeps a Neutral rating, preferring to wait for stronger proof of execution on the company's new targets.
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Shares of J. C. Penney closed at $22.67 yesterday.

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