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British Airways owner, nosedives as JPMorgan cuts rating, slashes target By Proactive Investors

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Published Dec 07, 2023 10:52
Updated Dec 07, 2023 11:10

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Proactive Investors – British Airways owner, International Consolidated Airlines Group (LON:ICAG), and other major European airlines slumped after analysts at JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) took a more cautious view of the airlines sector, cutting ratings and slashing price targets.

The investment bank highlighted the potential for large capacity increases which could bring yields down against a backdrop of weaker economic growth.

The investment bank prefers low cost carriers to the networks due to capacity constraints which could aid pricing.

It thinks the long-haul supply picture looks more difficult given network capacity increases in particular on Transatlantic while lower margins and elevated fuel/ex-fuel cost pressure mean unit revenues are unlikely to grow.

Balance sheets and valuations do not look overly stretched; however, earnings pressure could send stocks lower, in the broker’s opinion.

JPM moved IAG to ‘underweight’ from ‘neutral’ and Lufthansa and Air-France KLM to ‘underweight’ from ‘overweight’ with its top sector pick RyanAir (LON:0RYA) – rated ‘overweight’ – where it noted superior pricing, best in class margins, and growing net cash.

The broker has nearly halved its price target for IAG to €1.45 from €2.80, Lufthansa’s target is cut to €7.50 from €12.00 and Air France to €9.50 from €21.50.

The bank remain ‘neutral’ on easyJet (LON:EZJ) and Wizz Air (LON:WIZZ).

Shares in IAG fell 3.6% to 155.65p, Lufthansa fell 4.4% to €8.20 and Air France dropped 5.9% to €11.92.

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