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JPMorgan upgrades Dutch Bros to overweight, raises target to $35

Published Nov 20, 2023 12:20PM ET
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JPMorgan has revised its perspective on Dutch Bros Inc. (NYSE: BROS), the drive-thru coffee chain, upgrading the stock from "neutral" to "overweight" and lifting the price target to $35, up from $30. This adjustment reflects a potential upside of 25.7% over last Friday's closing price and surpasses the average analyst target of $33.30.

The bank's newfound optimism follows a detailed review of Dutch Bros' recent earnings and a September 7 equity offering that transformed the company's capital structure and investor base dynamics. The offering raised $345 million in capital, which increased shares by 8% but significantly decreased the net debt/EBITDA ratio from 4.4X to roughly 2.0X. This strategic move has strengthened Dutch Bros' liquidity position, leaving it with $150 million in cash, an untouched $350 million revolving credit facility, and a $200 million undrawn term loan.

These financial bolstering measures are part of Dutch Bros' broader strategy to sustain operations until it reaches free cash flow positivity anticipated in 2027. The company is also working towards achieving a total addressable market (TAM) of 4,000 units by 2037. As part of its growth trajectory, Dutch Bros is focusing on enhancing labor strategies for shop managers to align with industry standards and effectively manage expanded responsibilities.

The positive outlook from JPMorgan comes despite concerns over consumer spending, which were evident in late August valuation levels. Nonetheless, the company's solid financial foundation, including its sizeable cash reserves and accessible credit lines totaling $550 million, contribute to its financial durability.

Following the upgrade announcement today, Dutch Bros' stock saw an increase of 1.62%.

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According to real-time data from InvestingPro, Dutch Bros Inc. (NYSE: BROS) has shown strong performance with a 5% increase in earnings per share over the last quarter. Its net profit margin stands at a healthy 12.3%, demonstrating the company's ability to convert sales into actual profit. Additionally, the company's return on equity is at an impressive 15.8%, indicating efficient management of shareholder funds.

InvestingPro Tips suggest that investors should watch for Dutch Bros' continued expansion into new markets, as this is likely to fuel its growth in the upcoming years. Another tip to consider is the company's commitment to enhancing labor strategies, which could lead to improved operational efficiency and customer satisfaction, further strengthening its market position.

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JPMorgan upgrades Dutch Bros to overweight, raises target to $35

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