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Magellan downgraded on investment underperformance and outflows

Tue 08 Mar 22, 12:20pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Magellan looking expensive relative to peers
  • Based on Morningstar’s fair value of $41.84 the stock looks significantly undervalued
  • UBS target price cut by 12%

Embattled fund manager, Magellan Financial Group (ASX: MFG) was down -2% at the open following revelations that the target price set by UBS has been cut 12% to $13.50 from $15.40, after earning per share (EPS) forecasts were cut by 1% in FY22 and FY23 and more than 10% in outer years.

Much of the broker’s cuts can be attributed to larger-than expected (by consensus) longer-term structural retail outflows and negative operating leverage.

FUM to tank

The broker expects FY24 funds under management (FUM) to drop to $60bn.

Based on UBS’ revised forecasts, Magellan now trades on an FY23 PE of 10.5 times and its dividend yield is 7.2%.

Compared with peers that have significantly de-rated with better earnings and dividend growth prospects, the broker concludes that Magellan currently looks expensive.

Unsurprisingly, due to the outflow risks in infrastructure now ascribed to Magellan plus the uncertainty over the ability of staff options to hold onto key personnel, UBS retains a Sell rating.

Downgrades

The scissors UBS took to the target price on Magellan today, follows downgrades by both Ord Minnett (to Lighten from Hold) and Macquarie (to Underperform from Neutral) on 21/02/22.

Despite increasing the target to $20 from $16.50, Ord Minnett remains wary of management’s prediction for no fee cuts, especially given the extent of investment underperformance and outflows.

The broker expects the $35 exercise price on bonus share options (staff and investors) to create an artificial ceiling for the share price, despite some merits for retention and team stability.

Meantime, Macquarie believes further downgrades from potential outflows outweighs the scope for earnings upgrades (Target price is $19.25).

Consensus on Magellan is Moderate Sell.

Based on Morningstar’s fair value of $41.84 the stock looks significantly undervalued.

Based on the brokers that cover Magellan (as reported in by FN Arena) the stock is currently trading with 25.00% upside.

The stock is currently trading at a record low of $14.23.

 

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Magellan's share price chart: The historicals don't make for happy reading

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Mark Story

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Mark is an investigative financial journalist and editor who started his career working for Marathon Oil in London. He has a degree in politics/economics and a diploma in journalism. Mark has worked on 70-plus newspapers and financial publications across Australia, NZ, the US, and Asia including: The Australian Financial Review, Money Magazine, Australian Property Investor and Finance Asia. Mark is passionate about improving the financial literacy of all Australians through the highest quality content. Email Mark at [email protected].

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