UPDATE: UBS Starts Lennar (LEN) at Buy

January 19, 2022 4:20 PM EST
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Price: $80.16 --0%

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    22 Buy, 9 Hold, 2 Sell

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(Updated - January 19, 2022 4:25 PM EST)

UBS analyst John Lovallo initiates coverage on Lennar (NYSE: LEN) with a Buy rating and a price target of $145.00.

The analyst comments "We rate LEN shares at Buy. Three key reasons to Buy; 1) HB gross margin should remain elevated by at least +200bps on average versus its FY13-FY21 average of 23.5%, which is consistent with consensus; 2) Order growth to outpace industry new home sales (NHS) by roughly +350bps on average through FY26E; 3) Proposed spin could be transformational, even if stock revaluation takes time. LEN's FY22 earnings setup is solid, with UBSe forecasting +21% YoY home sales growth and +27% YoY EPS growth. Cons. appears too optimistic on industry volume/pricing power in FY23, but we believe this is more than discounted in the stock's current 6.7x FY23E P/E. As a result, our $145 PT implies 34% upside in the shares, despite street estimates needing to reset lower. We also view LEN's proposed spin of various assets as positive from a returns and de-risking perspective, although the intended stock revaluation may take time."

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Shares of Lennar closed at $101.30 yesterday.

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