Jefferies Upgrades First Republic Bank (FRC) to Buy

November 21, 2012 7:33 AM EST Send to a Friend
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Jefferies upgraded First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC) from Hold to Buy with a price target of $39.00 (from $35.00).

The firm comments, "We upgrade First Republic to Buy from Hold following the announcement of the Luminous Capital acquisition. The deal brings EPS accretion, compelling cross-sell dynamics and improves FRC's revenue mix (stronger fee contribution). At 14x core 2013 EPS, FRC gets a premium to smid-cap peers, but a discount to other growth standouts (SBNY & SIVB at 15x 2013) despite similar EPS trajectories."

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Shares of First Republic Bank closed at $33.56 yesterday.


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