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WillScot Mobile Mini shares target cut by Stifel on challenges

EditorNatashya Angelica
Published 04/03/2024, 05:48 PM
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On Wednesday, Stifel adjusted its price target for WillScot (NASDAQ:WSC) Mobile Mini (NASDAQ:MINI_old) Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:WSC), lowering it to $50 from the previous $58, while reaffirming a Buy rating on the stock. The revision was made in anticipation of the company's first-quarter 2024 performance, taking into account several challenges that WillScot Mobile Mini is facing.

The company is navigating through a period marked by weaker nonresidential construction indicators, particularly in sectors such as retail, which is expected to impact the number of units rented in the first half of 2024. Moreover, unfavorable weather conditions have delayed the onset of the construction season, further contributing to the anticipated weaker performance in the near term.

Another factor influencing the revised price target is WillScot Mobile Mini's ongoing regulatory process regarding its acquisition of Mobile Mini (MGRC). The company has received a second request from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which, although not a sign of a potential block of the deal, implies additional time and financial costs due to the complexity of the compliance process.

Despite these headwinds, the analyst from Stifel notes that the acquisition of MGRC is still expected to be completed in the second half of 2024. Following the closure of the deal, WillScot Mobile Mini is likely to organize an Analyst Day to provide financial targets and further insights.

The new $50 price target is based on a 9x multiple of Stifel's 2025 EBITDA estimate for WillScot Mobile Mini, reflecting both a reduction in earnings estimates and a reassessment of valuation multiples. This adjustment aligns with a more cautious outlook for the company's performance in the first half of the year, while still maintaining a positive long-term view as indicated by the Buy rating.

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The company's impressive gross profit margins stand at 56.41%, highlighting its ability to maintain profitability despite market challenges. Moreover, WillScot Mobile Mini has been profitable over the last twelve months, which could instill confidence in investors about the company's financial health.

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