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BofA Securities raises PennyMac Mortgage shares target post-earnings beat

EditorEmilio Ghigini
Published 2024-04-30, 06:52 a/m

On Tuesday, BofA Securities updated its stance on PennyMac Mortgage (NYSE:PMT) Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT), raising the price target to $14.50 from the previous $14.00, while keeping a Neutral rating on the stock. This adjustment follows the company's first-quarter earnings report, which showed a GAAP EPS of $0.39, surpassing both the average analyst estimate of $0.33 and BofA's own projection of $0.31.

The earnings outperformance was attributed to market-driven valuation changes amounting to $0.18 per share. The analyst from BofA Securities highlighted several positive indicators from the report, including a stable book value per share at $16.11, an uptick in run-rate earnings growth, and enhanced liquidity.

PennyMac Mortgage's liquidity boost was partly due to the issuance of over $550 million in credit risk transfer (CRT) notes during the first quarter and into April, which were offered at lower spreads.

Despite the favorable earnings results, the analyst believes that the risk/reward profile for PennyMac Mortgage is balanced at its current market valuation. The company's financial performance, particularly the stable book value and improved liquidity, was noted, yet the BofA Securities analyst reiterated the Neutral rating without suggesting a change in investment stance.

InvestingPro Insights

Following the recent earnings report from PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust (NYSE:PMT), InvestingPro data shows a robust financial landscape for the company. With a market capitalization of $1.22 billion and a P/E ratio of 8.46, PMT presents an interesting valuation picture. Notably, the company's revenue growth was an impressive 97.5% over the last twelve months as of Q1 2024, despite a quarterly decline of 55.05% in Q1 2024. The dividend yield stands at a significant 11.42%, underscoring the company's commitment to shareholder returns, having maintained dividend payments for 15 consecutive years.

InvestingPro Tips reveal a mixed outlook: while analysts have revised their earnings upwards for the upcoming period, they also anticipate a sales decline and a drop in net income for the current year. The company's ability to stay profitable over the last twelve months and the expectation to be profitable this year are positive signs for investors considering the stock. However, it's worth noting that short term obligations exceed liquid assets, which could pose a liquidity risk.

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