UBS Maintains a 'Buy' on Advance Auto Parts (AAP); Q1 Preview: Prepared For April Slowdown?

May 15, 2012 11:07 AM EDT
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UBS maintains a 'Buy' on Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP) price target lowered from $102 to $100.

Analyst, Michael Lasser, said, "While we still like AAP’s investment story, we think the 1Q’12 results will be uninspiring as recent industry trends have slowed a bit due to a pull forward in demand. There is a chance that AAP was caught off guard by this, resulting in less expense leverage than we previously anticipated. We are maintaining our 3.7% comp est. for the quarter, but are assuming 100 bps of SG&A leverage (vs. 130 bps previously), which drives our updated EPS est of $1.74 (vs. the consensus of $1.81). With the shares at 12x ‘13E, we think the risk is discounted in the stock."

UBS moves FY12 EPS estimate from $5.94 to $5.88 and FY13 from $6.74 to $6.68.
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Shares of Advance Auto Parts closed at $82.34 yesterday.

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