Barclays Starts First Watch (FWRG) at Overweight

October 26, 2021 7:29 AM EDT
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Price: $20.24 +0.45%

Rating Summary:
    7 Buy, 2 Hold, 0 Sell

Rating Trend: Up Up

Today's Overall Ratings:
    Up: 26 | Down: 14 | New: 72
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Barclays analyst Jeffrey Bernstein initiates coverage on First Watch (NASDAQ: FWRG) with a Overweight rating and a price target of $26.00.

The analyst commented, "We initiate coverage on FWRG with an Overweight rating & $26 price target. Based on its service platform, FWRG is a casual diner. That said, we believe it more appropriate to value FWRG based on growth pillars & (fresh) product offerings. FWRG has a pipeline for 10%+ unit growth & has consistently generated 6-8%
comp growth (with positive traffic, pre-pandemic). Unit growth is key, with strong visibility as a ~425 US system on a path to ~2,000. Its growth is based on the need to satisfy the growing breakfast & brunch daypart (often served at lunch) segment, in which peers don't compete. And with a breakfast / brunch menu, food costs are low & margins are high.FWRG is up 19% post its 10/1 IPO (~23% day one vs. S&P up ~1%), and currently at ~22x '22 EBITDA. Such leaves the stock appropriately at a premium to slower growth, traditional casual dining peers. We believe it more appropriate to value against higher growth (often fast casual) peers, with a discount warranted."

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Shares of First Watch closed at $21.48 yesterday.

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