Deutsche Bank Starts Prudential Financial (PRU) at Buy

January 8, 2013 5:40 PM EST
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Price: $105.59 +0.79%

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Deutsche Bank initiates coverage on Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU) with a Buy. PT $67.00.

The firm comments, "Coming off of a weak and “noisy” 2012, we believe that the company’s ROE should increase to 12.8%, well-above its cost-of-capital, in 2013. The company’s protection orientation, particularly in its International Insurance segment (which accounts for 50% of earnings), offers earnings protection. Moreover, pricing increases in the under-performing Group Insurance and a business mix shift with Retirement and US Insurance should all benefit results." They also said fears regarding potential non-bank SIFI designation and around VA business are the two main overhangs on the name and are overblown.

The firm's operating EPS forecast estimates for FY12E-FY14E are $6.15, $7.85 and $9.05, respectively – suggesting above-group-average EPS growth.

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Shares of Prudential Financial closed at $55.79 yesterday.

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