Wells Fargo Upgrades Navios Maritime Acquisition Corp. (NNA) to Outperform

February 13, 2013 7:25 AM EST
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Wells Fargo upgraded Navios Maritime Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: NNA) from Market Perform to Outperform and raised its valuation range from $3.50-$4.50 from $3-$4.

The firm comments, "We are upgrading shares of NNA to Outperform, from Market Perform, as we believe its undervalued product tanker market exposure drives a positive risk/reward profile for the stock. NNA posted Q4 EPS of $0.01 yesterday, above our estimate of -$0.04 and Consensus of -$0.03, stemming largely from better-than-expected net revenue. Shares traded up by 11% on the beat (vs. S&P 500, flat) as NNA highlighted its exposure to the firming product tanker market. NNA also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.05/share, inline with the prior quarter and our expectations, representing a 7% yield, which we view as attractive given its growth and exposure to a firming market. We are revising our 2013 EPS estimate to $0.06 (from $0.04) based on revised revenue and expense estimates, we are introducing our 2014 EPS estimate of $0.20, and we are increasing our valuation range to $3.50-$4.50 (from $3-$4)."

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Shares of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corp. closed at $2.97 yesterday.

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