ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM:NYE) stock has shown some signs of recovery in 2023, with gains of about 22% year-to-date due to freight rates showing stability. However, Jefferies analyst Omar Nokta has a Hold recommendation on ZIM stock and a price target of $20, indicating a potential downside of 4.6%.
Nokta expects the container sector to face challenges due to slower demand growth and congestion and believes that the management may take a conservative approach toward dividend payments due to market uncertainty.
Barclays analyst Alexia Dogani has downgraded ZIM to Sell and lowered its price target to $15 from $26.50, citing a challenging downcycle in the sector and balance sheet risks.
Five analysts have given an average price target of $28.93 for ZIM shipping stock over the next 12 months, with an average analyst rating of Hold. Stock Target Advisor’s own analysis of ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd shows a Very Bullish signal based on 13 positive signals and 1 negative signal.
The normalization of demand following the COVID-19 boom has impacted ZIM’s stock price, and hedge funds have lowered their exposure. Hedge funds bought 288.6K shares of ZIM in the last quarter, but it has an Underperform Smart Score of one. Investors remain cautious about the company’s future prospects, and its average price target implies an 18.79% downside potential.
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides container shipping and related services in Israel and internationally. It provides door-to-door and port-to-port transportation services for various types of customers, including end-users, consolidators, and freight forwarders.
The company also offers ZIMonitor, a premium reefer cargo tracking service. As of December 31, 2021, it operated a fleet of 118 vessels, which included 110 container vessels and 8 vehicle transport vessels, of which four vessels were owned by it and 114 vessels are chartered-in; and a network of 70 weekly lines. The company was incorporated in 1945 and is headquartered in Haifa, Israel.