Wells Fargo analysts are giving Malibu Boats stock an initial rating of “outperform,” estimating that shares offer up to a 20 percent total return, based on the bank’s 2015 estimates.
Earnings and Analysts
Quarterly earnings statements from public companies and periodic reports from analysts reveal the health and direction of the industry.
A 16.3 percent increase in December sales in the industry’s main powerboat segments has led a Wells Fargo analyst to remain upbeat on Brunswick Corp. stock.
Marine Products Corp., the builder of Chaparral and Robalo boats, today reported a 16 percent fourth-quarter sales gain and said it more than doubled its profit for the period.
Twin Disc said sales dropped 12 percent in its second quarter because the company had less business in North America and Europe and its sales to customers serving the global megayacht market stayed at historical lows.
Brunswick Corp. will release its fourth quarter and full-year 2013 financial results on Jan. 30 before the market opens.
A Bridgewater Investments analyst says the boat business “remains a poor business to be in,” cautioning investors against betting on companies that aren’t diversified in their offerings or focused on global sales.
Johnson Outdoors announced double-digit growth in operating profit on higher revenue and a 90 percent improvement in net income year-over-year for fiscal 2013, giving the company its highest operating profit in more than 20 years.
B. Riley & Co. will add West Marine and Marine Products Corp. to the list of marine businesses the company’s analysts will cover in an effort to shed light on the “under-followed” boating industry’s nuances.
West Marine’s three-pronged growth strategy has led B. Riley & Co. to introduce the company at a “buy” rating as the investment banking and analyst firm issued its first assessment of the retail chain.
B. Riley & Co. says the U.S. new-boat market has not delivered more than three consecutive years of unit growth since 1980 and boat ownership in the developed world is “secularly stagnant, at best,” leading the company’s analysts to caution investors against placing “a sizable multiple” on Brunswick Corp. stock. “The unprecedented plunge to record…more