Goldman Sachs Starts Westport Innovations (WPRT) at Sell; Overvalued Earnings Power

November 7, 2012 7:07 AM EST
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Price: $1.15 -1.71%

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Goldman Sachs initiates coverage on Westport Innovations (NASDAQ: WPRT) with a Sell rating and $21 price target, suggesting 16% downside.

While the firm is optimistic on the natural gas engine penetration opportunity of the company, they sees downside from here due to: (1) the Cummins JV that accounts for nearly all of WPRT medium-term profits is scheduled to terminate in 2021, with a buyout option at 1.3x EBIT in 2019, (2) high distribution support requirements limit normalized profitability for the Heavy Duty franchise in the absence of a sizeable new agreement, and (3) although WPRT’s technology provides best in class performance, low cost alternatives are competitive and available.

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Shares of Westport Innovations closed at $25.09 yesterday.

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