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Jefferies Upgrades BHP Billiton To Buy Amid Improving Fundamentals In Mining

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While Mining fundamentals have “clearly improved,” some miners like BHP Billiton Limited (ADR) (NYSE: BHP) are also benefiting from company-specific factors, Jefferies’ Christopher LaFemina said in a report. He upgraded the rating on the company from Hold to Buy, while raising the price target from $28 to $33.

The mining fundamentals have improved with demand stabilizing, a decline in supply, strengthening of balance sheets backed by FCF and asset sales, and inexpensive valuations, analyst LaFemina noted. He added that the market tightness has been primarily on account of a decline in supply, with mining capex having fallen by 70 percent from the 2012 peak.

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China’s economic growth continues to decelerate, which the region becomes even less metals intensive, LaFemina said.

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BHP Billiton’s FCF is growing, with the company delivering significant reductions in unit costs and lowering its capex spending. The company’s EBITDA growth till 2018 could exceed expectations based on higher-than-anticipated prices for iron ore lump and high quality metallurgical coal.

“BHP is a low cost producer with low geopolitical and operational risk and a relatively strong balance sheet. BHP is well positioned relative to most other miners,” the analyst commented.

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DateFirmActionFromTo
Dec 2016Credit SuisseDowngradesOutperformNeutral
Dec 2016CitigroupUpgradesSellBuy
Dec 2016ArgusMaintainsHold

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