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Deutsche Bank Delivers Buy Rating To FedEx

Deutsche Bank Starts FedEx At Buy, Sees Upside With Buybacks And Growth Potential|NYSE: FDX

Deutsche Bank forecast 20 percent potential upside in FedEx Corporation FDX 0.75% shares as it started coverage of the stock with a Buy rating and $210 price target. Additionally, despite market chatter, the firm sees no threat from Amazon.com, Inc. AMZN 1.7% in the near and medium term.

“We see at least 20 percent additional upside potential in FDX shares as the company realizes the last remaining benefits of its profit improvement plan, synergies from its recent TNT Express acquisition take hold, and Ground investments begin to pay-off,” analyst Amit Mehrotra wrote in a note.

In addition, the analyst conservatively estimates 20 percent EBITDA improvement by 2018 versus FY16, which he believes would bring $35, or 20 percent, improvement in share price of FedEx. Apart from low-single organic growth and double-digit earnings growth, Mehrotra assumes 12 percent average incremental margins versus 30 percent achieved over the last several years.

The analyst projects $300 million of incremental cost savings in FY'17 and $750 million potential synergies from TNT by end of FY2020. The analyst also conservatively expects $800 million of annual share repurchase versus $2 billion average over last two years.

Meanwhile, Mehrotra noted that investors need not be concerned over Amazon’s increasing investments in trailers, aircraft and small parcel delivery companies — the online retail giant accounts for only 3 percent of FedEx’s revenue.

“While these remain watch items, we do not believe Amazon represents significant risk to FDX over the near and mid-term,” Mehrotra highlighted.

Further, Amazon needs significant investment and experience to match the scale of FedEx as well as United Parcel Service, Inc. UPS 0.37%, providing significant barriers to entry.

Shares of FedEx closed Tuesday’s trading at $171.53. Based on Tuesday’s close, the $210 target implies a potential return of 22 percent.

DateFirmActionFromTo
Nov 2016Axiom CapitalMaintainsBuy
Oct 2016Goldman SachsMaintainsBuy
Oct 2016Credit SuisseMaintainsOutperform

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