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Morgan Stanley Sees Improving PIF, Lackluster EPS Growth for The Progressive Corporation

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In a report published Thursday, Morgan Stanley analyst Kai Pan reiterated an Underweight rating on The Progressive Corporation (NYSE: PGR).

In the report, Morgan Stanley noted, “PGR is a pure play in personal auto with a large footprint in the fast growing direct segment. At 16x 2014e EPS and 2.2x Book, PGR's premium valuation implies superior EPS growth & returns. However, PGR EPS growth has been lackluster the last 3/5/10 years while ROE has declined from 20%+ to 14%. Increasing price competition in personal auto marketplace and limited EPS growth trajectory in 2014‐15 underpin our Underweight recommendation. Our base case is $23 (2x 1Q15e BV, 15x 2014 EPS) offering a risk‐return skewed to the downside.”

The Progressive Corporation closed on Wednesday at $24.06.

Latest Ratings for PGR

DateFirmActionFromTo
Nov 2020Morgan StanleyMaintainsEqual-Weight
Nov 2020BarclaysInitiates Coverage OnUnderweight
Oct 2020Raymond JamesMaintainsStrong Buy

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