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Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Struggles To Justify Valuation On Mercury General

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In a report published Wednesday, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods analyst Vincent DeAugustino downgraded the rating on Mercury General Corporation (NYSE: MCY) from Market Perform to Underperform, but reiterated the $50.00 price target.

In the report, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods noted, "Following Mercury General's 4Q14 earnings call, we're downgrading the shares to Underperform, and maintaining our $50 price target. We're loath to return to Underperform after having made a similar call in 2H14, though we're again at a point where we struggle to justify the valuation, especially after adjusting EPS estimates lower."

The report continued, "Our 2015E and 2016E EPS move to $2.49 and $2.59, from $2.72 and $2.87, respectively. Our estimate changes largely reflect higher premium growth forecasts, offset by lower favorable reserve release assumptions and higher expense ratio forecasts."

Mercury General Corporation closed on Tuesday at $53.07.

Latest Ratings for MCY

DateFirmActionFromTo
Apr 2020Raymond JamesDowngradesMarket PerformUnderperform
Oct 2019Keefe, Bruyette & WoodsDowngradesOutperformMarket Perform
Feb 2016Raymond JamesUpgradesUnderperformMarket Perform

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