UPDATE: BMO Capital Downgrades Albertsons Companies Inc. (ACI) to Underperform

October 5, 2021 4:10 AM EDT
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(Updated - October 5, 2021 4:57 AM EDT)

BMO Capital analyst Kelly Bania downgraded Albertsons Companies Inc. (NYSE: ACI) from Market Perform to Underperform with a price target of $26.00 (from $22.00).

The analyst comments "We see risk to ACI's margin outlook given significantly greater margin expansion relative to key grocery peers. We see risk to GM% in a more price-sensitive consumer environment and risk on the wage front as unionized grocers have been shielded from broader industry wage rate increases given contract negotiation cycles. This could suggest a wave of wage investments in 2022/2023. We raise our target price to $26 (up from $22 prior) given ongoing Covid-related tailwinds for traditional supermarkets, but we see downside in the stock from current levels."

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Shares of Albertsons Companies Inc. closed at $30.10 yesterday.

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