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Stephens lowers Pinnacle Financial shares target, cites strategic review

EditorEmilio Ghigini
Published 05/23/2024, 07:27 AM
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On Thursday, a Stephens analyst revised the price target for Pinnacle Financial Partners (NASDAQ: NASDAQ:PNFP) shares, lowering it to $102 from the previous $109 while maintaining an Overweight rating on the stock. The adjustment comes amidst an evaluation of the company's strategic positioning and financial performance.

Pinnacle Financial, which operates with $49 billion in assets, has been recognized for its unique strategy that aims to capitalize on the growth markets in the dynamic Southeast urban areas.

This approach has enabled the company to achieve organic growth at twice the rate of its peers, largely due to the successful recruitment of experienced staff who bring established client relationships to the firm.

Despite the industry's struggle with modest demand, Pinnacle Financial's asset size positions it advantageously, providing a significant growth trajectory before reaching the $100 billion threshold that would impose more stringent regulatory requirements. The company also boasts a fee-to-revenue mix that exceeds that of its peers, contributing to a profitability profile that stands above the average.

The analyst's commentary highlighted the expectation of year-over-year pre-provision net revenue (PPNR) growth of 2.7%, in contrast to the median decline of 7.7% seen across the KBW Regional Banking Index (KRX).

The outlook for Pinnacle Financial's return on assets (ROA) and PPNR is also above peer levels, which supports a premium valuation based on earnings per share (EPS).

Additionally, the analyst noted the potential for multiple expansion on forward tangible book value (TBV) and an above-peer return on tangible common equity (ROTCE).

Factors such as the scarcity of comparable Southeastern banks, the age of Pinnacle Financial's CEO, and the absence of a clear successor are also expected to bolster the stock's value beyond the fundamentals.

The revised price target represents a 23% potential upside from the current trading levels, according to the analyst's report.

InvestingPro Insights

The recent price target revision for Pinnacle Financial Partners by a Stephens analyst takes into account various factors influencing the company's valuation. Delving into the details with InvestingPro data, Pinnacle Financial presents a compelling financial profile. The company's P/E Ratio stands at a modest 11.57, suggesting a reasonable valuation relative to its earnings. Moreover, Pinnacle's revenue growth over the last twelve months has been positive at 6.06%, indicating a healthy expansion in its operations.

An InvestingPro Tip highlights that analysts have revised their earnings estimates downwards for the upcoming period, which could be a factor to watch for investors. On the brighter side, Pinnacle Financial has maintained dividend payments for 12 consecutive years, demonstrating a commitment to shareholder returns. Additionally, the stock has delivered a high return over the last year, with a price total return of 57.93%, underscoring its strong performance in the market.

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