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Baker Hughes, A Compelling Stock For The Conservative Investor

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Baker Hughes, A Compelling Stock For The Conservative Investor

Conservative investors may want to consider buying shares of Baker Hughes, a GE company Class A (NYSE: BHGE), according to analysts at UBS. The firm's Angie Sedita initiated coverage of Baker Hughes' stock with a Neutral with a $36 price target as the company is a "different animal" than it was as stand-alone entity.

BHGE's business structure today is less exposed to oil services at 60 percent of total revenue, with the remaining 30 percent coming from midstream and 10 percent from downstream, Sedita said in the initiation note. The company is also more internationally exposed at 70 percent of total revenue and 30 percent from offshore.

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The company's balance sheet is also "strong" with $4 billion in cash with a total debt/EBITDA ratio of 1.2x in 2018 and is expected to generate a "significant" free cash flow yield of 5 percent. The strong financial positioning better allows the company to return a 17 cents/share quarterly dividend, which could be expanded to include a $1 billion share buyback program.

Finally, BHGE's enterprise value stands at around $40 billion which makes it a large-cap player that is roughly the same size of Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL) but less than half of Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE: SLB). However, when singling out the oil service portion of BHGE, revenues for the combined company are 44 percent lower than Halliburton and 62 percent lower than Schlumberger.

Bottom line, BHGE's more diverse business offers conservative investors a compelling investment case that could generate stable earnings but does offer less revenue and earnings upside in a recovery.

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Latest Ratings for BHGE

DateFirmActionFromTo
Oct 2019CitigroupMaintainsBuy
Oct 2019Morgan StanleyMaintainsOverweight
Sep 2019Wells FargoMaintainsOutperform

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