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Analyst cuts SSP Group rating to hold, lowers stock target

EditorNatashya Angelica
Published 06/20/2024, 11:34 AM

On Thursday, Berenberg adjusted its stance on SSP Group Plc. (SSPG:LN) (OTC: SSPPF), the operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide. The firm downgraded the stock from Buy to Hold and reduced the price target to £1.80 from the previous £2.80.

In a recent statement, Berenberg acknowledged the positive outlook for the global travel concession market, which is expected to bolster SSP Group's growth into the medium term. Still, the firm highlighted that growth for SSP is likely to be driven primarily by its North American operations and other international interests, rather than its UK & Ireland rail business.

The downgrade reflects Berenberg's caution regarding potential challenges facing SSP Group's earnings, especially in the UK & Ireland sector. The firm pointed out that while structural growth drivers in the industry are favorable, the company's significant minority interests may pose risks to its earnings potential.

SSP Group, known for its presence in airports and railway stations, has been navigating the complexities of the travel industry, which is still recovering from the impacts of global events in recent years. The revised price target by Berberg suggests a more conservative valuation of the company's stock, taking into account the identified risks to its earnings generation in certain markets.

Investors are now provided with Berenberg's updated perspective on SSP Group, as the firm signals a more measured outlook on the company's performance due to the identified headwinds in specific segments of its business.

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