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ARE stock wins price target raise at Paradigm

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Ahead of the company’s second quarter results, Paradigm Capital analyst Alexandra Ricci has raised her price target on Aecon Group (Aecon Group Stock Quote, Chart, News, Analysts, Financials TSX:ARE).

In a research update to clients July 2, the analyst maintained her “Buy” rating while raising her price target on ARE from $17.80 to $20.00, implying a return of 43% at the time of publication.

The analyst explained the reasoning behind her target hike.

“In our view, the Q2/24 charges related to CGL and remaining legacy projects are signs that we are nearing the end of the project overhang. We a moving toward a period of better revenue visibility as several progressive contracts are not yet reflected in backlog (H2 timing),” she wrote. “Today’s sell-off looks to be pricing in much of the negative noise around Q2 and legacy charges, which could create a low point for the stock when the company reports headline results. The cash charge related to the legacy projects is ~$1.75/sh; shares have sold off ~$2.50 post the news. We are rolling forward our valuation to 2025 to reflect the normal course of business; as a result, our target price increases to $20.00 (from $17.80). We have lowered our target multiple to 5.0x (from 5.5x) EBITDA, reflecting the current risk of additional charges as two of the three projects are expected to reach completion in H2/24. We still expect margin and multiple expansion to come following completion. We maintain our Buy rating as we continue to take a long-term view.”

Ricci thinks ARE will post EBITDA of $26.0-million on revenue of $4.43-billion in fiscal 2024. She expects those numbers will improve to EBITDA of $234.0-million on revenue of $4.51-billion in fiscal 2025.

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