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Scotia chops target on BRP

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Ahead of the company’s Q4 results, due March 28, Scotia Capital analyst George Doumet has cut his price target on BRP (BRP Stock Quote, Chart, News, Analysts, Financials NASDAQ:DOO).

As reported by The Globe and Mail, the analyst thinks the company will come close to meeting the street’s EBITDA expectation of $1.6-billion, which would not be cause for celebration as it would represent a decline of 12% over the same period a year prior.

“That outcome should be viewed positively in the context of the current share price: applying DOO’s midcycle multiple of 7.8 times – arguably conservative given our expectation for trough earnings this year – the market is pricing-in EBITDA of $1.200-billion (down 31 per cent). Our bear case is $1.400-billion (down 19 per cent).”

In a research update to clients March 26, Doumet maintained his “Sector Perform” rating on BRP, but lowered his price target on the stock from $109.00 to $105.00.

“We forecast EBITDA margins of 15.3 per cent in 2024 (Street at 15.2 per cent), in-line with management commentary for ‘100 bp or so’ of margin compression year-over-year,” the analyst wrote. “Our 2024 forecast is 200bp above 2019 levels. We believe BRP has levers to mitigate industry headwinds: in 2020, it reduced SG&A by $75 million on a 2-per-cent sales decline. Mix should be a tailwind given premium skew as could reducing Marine losses. Polaris is targeting EBITDA margins in the mid-to-high teens by 2026 compared to current levels of 11.4% – i.e., what BRP has achieved already. Moreover, Polaris is attempting to employ a similar playbook to BRP including expanding its Mexican manufacturing footprint, reducing costs and improving plant efficiency, and increased platforming (similar to BRP’s modularity approach).”

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