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Fortune Brands Downgraded By BofA On Cautious View For Building Products Stocks

Fortune Brands Downgraded By BofA On Cautious View For Building Products Stocks

Amid a more bullish outlook on the U.S. new construction cycle, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has adopted a bullish stance on homebuilders, but remains cautious on building product manufacturers.

The Analyst

Analyst John Lovallo downgraded Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc (NYSE: FBHS) from Neutral to Underperform and lowered the price target from $64 to $61.

The Thesis

Fortune Brands shares have less relative upside to BofA's price objective than other stocks in its coverage, Lovallo said in the downgrade note. (See the analyst's track record here.) 

The lowered price target is based on a 10 times multiple of Fortune's estimated adjusted EV/EBITDA, suggesting about 9-percent upside to Thursday's closing price, the analyst said. 

The average upside to BofA's Neutral-rated building products stocks is 20 percent, meaning that Fortune now deserves a bearish rating, Lovallo said. 

The potential for more favorable price/cost realization than BofA is modeling poses risks to the downgrade, the analyst said. Additional upside risk comes from the company's near-term expansion of its plumbing business organically or through strategic acquisitions, he said. 

The Price Action

Fortune Brands shares have lost about 18 percent in the year-to-date period.

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Latest Ratings for FBHS

Jul 2019DowngradesHoldSell
May 2019UpgradesNeutralBuy
Apr 2019DowngradesEqual-WeightUnderweight

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