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JPMorgan maintains Neutral on Goodyear, says stock is trading at fair value

EditorEmilio Ghigini
Published 02/14/2024, 08:26 AM
Updated 02/14/2024, 08:26 AM
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On Wednesday, JPMorgan reiterated a Neutral rating for Goodyear Tire & Rubber (NASDAQ:GT), following the company's release of its fourth quarter and full-year results, which occurred after the market closed on Monday. The report marked the first earnings release under the leadership of new CEO Mark Stewart, who assumed the position on January 29th.

Goodyear's revenue for the quarter fell short of market expectations, primarily due to lower sales volumes. However, the company's segment operating income (SOI) and margins exceeded forecasts, benefiting from favorable price and product mix compared to raw material costs. The earnings growth for the quarter, combined with seasonal free cash flow, contributed to an improvement in Goodyear's net leverage.

On Tuesday morning, during its earnings call, Goodyear presented a slightly more subdued outlook than previously anticipated, mainly regarding future earnings. The company's commentary on volume was also considered light. Additionally, there was no significant update provided on the ongoing asset sale process, which is part of Goodyear's strategic transformation plan announced over two months ago.

JPMorgan's commentary suggests that the current price levels of Goodyear's Senior Notes largely reflect the anticipated benefits from the transformation plan that have not yet been realized. With the recent price levels in mind, the firm maintains its Neutral recommendation on Goodyear Tire & Rubber shares.

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