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Fortrea stock price target cut, hold rating maintained on financial projections

EditorNatashya Angelica
Published 2024-05-23, 12:18 p/m
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On Thursday, Deutsche Bank (ETR:DBKGn) adjusted its outlook on Fortrea (NASDAQ:FTRE), a company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The firm's analyst has revised the price target downward to $28 from the previous $36 while sustaining a Hold rating for the stock. This adjustment reflects a new valuation of 16 times the estimated earnings per share (EPS) for the year 2025, a decrease from the prior multiple of 20 times.

The revised price target now represents a 15% discount to Fortrea's Clinical Research Organization (CRO) peers, ICLR and IQV, and stands at a 1x premium to SYNH's five-year average trading multiple before it went private.

The rationale behind this decision is based on a reevaluation of Fortrea's financial projections for 2024 and beyond, which now only include the Clinical Solutions segment. Further updates to the 2023 comparables, excluding the Enabling Solutions segment, are expected once Fortrea publishes its 10-Q report.

Deutsche Bank highlighted challenges in fully understanding Fortrea's cost structure following its recent spin-off. Moreover, due to a lower than expected revenue and EBITDA guidance, there is reduced confidence in the current estimates. Despite these concerns, the analyst noted the potential for Fortrea to deliver substantial returns, estimating an internal rate of return (IRR) of 15-30% if the company successfully achieves its long-term goals.

The analyst emphasized the importance of Fortrea achieving its sales targets and securing commercial victories in the coming quarters to shift investor attention back to the company's strategic plan and away from concerns about leverage and liquidity.

Positive developments for Fortrea include the finalization of a significant contract that was delayed from the first quarter, robust double-digit growth in requests for proposals (RFPs), and progress in transitioning service agreements, with up to 50% completed at the end of the first quarter compared to 40% in the preceding quarter.

InvestingPro Insights

As investors digest the revised price target from Deutsche Bank, real-time data from InvestingPro provides additional context for Fortrea's financial health and stock performance. Fortrea's market capitalization stands at $2.36 billion, reflecting the scale of the company within the Clinical Research Organization (CRO) sector. Despite the challenges outlined, analysts anticipate that Fortrea will become profitable this year, which could be a pivotal turning point for the company's financial trajectory.

InvestingPro data indicates that Fortrea's revenue for the last twelve months as of Q1 2024 was $3.08 billion, but with a slight revenue decline of 0.13%. Moreover, the company's stock is trading near its 52-week low and has seen a significant price total return decrease of -28.59% over the last month, underscoring the concerns that have led to the revised price target. With a P/E ratio of -26.89 and an adjusted P/E ratio of -31.01, the stock's current valuation multiples suggest that investors are cautious about near-term earnings prospects.

For those considering Fortrea's stock, two InvestingPro Tips may be particularly relevant: the Relative Strength Index (RSI) suggests that the stock is currently in oversold territory, which could appeal to contrarian investors looking for potential rebound opportunities.

Fortrea's EBITDA margin has experienced a substantial decline, which is important for investors to consider when assessing the company's operational efficiency. For those seeking more comprehensive analysis, InvestingPro offers additional tips on Fortrea, which can be explored at To delve deeper into these insights, use coupon code PRONEWS24 for an additional 10% off a yearly or biyearly Pro and Pro+ subscription.

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