JPM reiterates First Republic Bank (FRC) as its Top Pick, sees 'considerable upside'

March 17, 2023 6:41 AM EDT
Get Alerts FRC Hot Sheet
Price: $12.36 -1.36%

Rating Summary:
    13 Buy, 16 Hold, 1 Sell

Rating Trend: Down Down

Today's Overall Ratings:
    Up: 9 | Down: 10 | New: 12
Join SI Premium – FREE

Get instant alerts when news breaks on your stocks. Claim your 1-week free trial to StreetInsider Premium here.

JPMorgan analyst Steven Alexopoulos reiterated an Overweight rating and the Top Pick designation on the embattled First Republic Bank (NYSE: FRC).

The analyst is growing increasingly more positive on FRC after the largest U.S. banks - Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan, and Wells Fargo among others - committed $30 billion in uninsured deposits to boost First Republic’s liquidity.

For Alexopoulos, this was a historic move.

“We’ve covered the bank sector for over two decades and we have never seen the industry come together before to help secure a peer in need,” the analyst wrote in a note.

“We suspect that with the banks providing the deposits having $16T of aggregate assets, that the amount being provided was determined to be enough to provide First Republic with sufficient additional runway.”

Back to the stock, Alexopoulos sees FRC stock trading “well below” TBV (tangible book value).

“We see this as a higher risk but potentially very high reward name. In fact, not only do we maintain our OW rating but given substantial upside potential to our revised price target, FRC remains our top pick,” the analyst concluded.

The price target is cut to $62 per share (from $150), implying an upside potential of 80%.

FRC stock is down about 5% in pre-market Friday after adding 10% yesterday.

By Senad Karaahmetovic

Serious News for Serious Traders! Try Premium Free!

You May Also Be Interested In

Related Categories

Analyst Comments, Analyst PT Change, Hot Comments, Hot List

Related Entities

JPMorgan, Citi, Wells Fargo, BofA/Merrill Lynch, Senad Karaahmetovic