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Morgan Stanley Initiates Coverage On Neff, Notes Oil & Gas 'Overhang' In Near-Term

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Nicole DeBlase of Morgan Stanley on Tuesday initiated coverage of Neff Corp (NYSE: NEFF) with an Equal-Weight rating and $19 price target.

"Although our $19 price target implies 52 percent upside versus the current share price, we stay on the sidelines for now given near-term headwinds and lower visibility related to oil price weakness," DeBlase wrote.

DeBlase notes that Neff's 52 percent exposure to U.S. Non-Residential Construction is attractive, the company's relatively high estimated 23 percent exposure to oil and gas is a concern. The analyst also adds that the company has a “weak” free cash flow profile relative to its peers.

The analyst states that her views could change and the company's multiple could expand over time, however it will require a strong execution and very high net leverage. In addition, if the company proves an ability to generate free cash flow and pay down leverage, an upgrade may be warranted.

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