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CFRA cuts St. James's Place stock target to £4.00, maintains sell

EditorNatashya Angelica
Published 22/03/2024, 15:34
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On Friday, CFRA, a notable financial research firm, adjusted its stock price target for St. James's Place plc (STJ:LN) (OTC: STJPF), a UK-based wealth management company. The price target was lowered to £4.00 from the previous £4.50. Despite this change, CFRA has decided to maintain its Sell rating on the company's shares.

The revision of the price target by CFRA comes after a notable decline in St. James's Place's share price since the last evaluation on February 28. The new target is set based on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 6.2 times for the year 2024. This figure represents a substantial discount when compared to the firm's five-year average forward P/E of 19.0 times.

The rationale behind the maintained Sell rating, as explained by CFRA, is due to expectations of margin pressure and persistent macroeconomic challenges. These factors are anticipated to affect client sentiment and activity negatively. Moreover, the increased competition in the asset management industry is likely to impede the company's progress on margins.

CFRA also cited the July announcement of a planned fee reduction and intensified regulatory scrutiny as reasons that could lead to a decrease in profitability for St. James's Place. According to the firm, these developments could potentially result in a weaker financial performance and, consequently, lower dividends for shareholders.

The research firm's decision to keep the Sell rating indicates that their investment thesis for St. James's Place remains unchanged. They suggest that the tough economic environment will continue to have an adverse impact on the company's business.

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