Wells Fargo Starts Tidewater Inc (TDW) at Outperform

September 18, 2012 4:49 PM EDT Send to a Friend
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Wells Fargo initiates coverage on Tidewater Inc (NYSE: TDW) with a Outperform and valuation range of $60-$62.

The firm comments, "TDW is the largest publicly traded operator of offshore service vessels (OSV) in terms of fleet size, geographic footprint, and market capitalization and is nearing completion of a 12+ year effort to replace its 500-vessel traditional fleet with a new more capable fleet of 225-250 vessels that contains even greater revenue and earnings potential. We believe this $4.1B fleet transformation ($82/share committed so far) positions TDW especially well for rising demand within the rapidly expanding ultra-deepwater drilling market. We estimate TDW’s earnings will grow from $1.97 per share in FY2012 (March fiscal year) to $3.25 in FY2013 and $5.35 in FY2014, driven principally by 15-20% increases in deepwater vessel rates as well as the contribution of 25 new vessels."

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Shares of Tidewater Inc closed at $49.13 yesterday.

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