FBR Capital Upgrades Forum Energy Technologies (FET) to Outperform

February 19, 2013 6:56 AM EST Send to a Friend
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FBR Capital upgraded Forum Energy Technologies (NYSE: FET) from Market Perform to Outperform with a price target of $35.00 (from $30.00) on a much improved risk/reward profile.

The analyst comments, "We downgraded FET last October based on our belief that a falling rig count would be a headwind for the company's drilling technologies business, but we now believe a muted near-term outlook for the business is fully reflected in the stock price. In our view, investors have overlooked FET as a play on the eventual recovery in the U.S. land market, with the stock lagging the performance of the OSX year to date by 730 basis points. This gradual improvement, coupled with the company's exposure to long-term secular industry trends such as a high-grading of the U.S. land rig fleet and growing deepwater subsea development, should drive compelling earnings growth."

Despite the upgrade the firm is lowering 2013 EPS estimate to $1.85 from $2.00 to near-term uncertainty in the drilling technologies business. The firm is also introducing a 2014 EPS estimate of $2.30.

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Shares of Forum Energy Technologies closed at $26.51 yesterday.

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