J.P. Morgan analyst Stephen Tusa cut his General Electric price target to $5 from $7 for the iconic American manufacturer.
He also called the company’s stock “the most expensive value trap we have ever seen,” Barron’s reported, explaining that a “value trap” is commonly defined as a stock that looks cheap, but keeps getting cheaper
Tusa “appears to be worried that the long-term outlook for commercial aviation —GE’s largest business—is impaired,” Barron’s reported. General Electric (GE) generated more than one-third of its $95 billion in 2019 sales by building and servicing jet engines for aerospace customers.
“The collapse we expect in aviation could be viewed as cyclical,” Tusa wrote in a Tuesday research report. He is more bearish than that and worries that the value of aircraft, parked right now, could be impaired for years to come.
GE stock (GE) is down about 38% year to date, far worse than the double-digit declines of the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average over the same span, Barron's reported.
For its part, GE earlier this week offered to buy back at least $9 billion in debt as part of a plan to cut its financial risk and manage liquidity in response to the downturn in business caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The company's GE Capital unit offered to buy and retire about $9 billion in debt while the parent company offered to buy an unspecified amount of bonds of its industrial businesses, with the total to be set by a separate new offer of debt with longer maturities. Tenders for both offers expire on April 20, Reuters explained.
The U.S. industrial conglomerate has pulled its full-year forecast due to the uncertainties created by the coronavirus outbreak, but backed its first-quarter industrial free cash flow expectation of an outflow of nearly $2 billion.
The maker of jet engines, power plants and other industrial equipment last month sold its biopharma business to Danaher Corp , netting about $20 billion in cash.
GE said it held cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash of more than $47 billion as of March 31.
GE also said it has refinanced a back-up credit facility that expires in 2021.
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