Imperial Oil Inc.(IMO:TSX) Credit Suisse and Scotiabank lift targets

STA Research
by: STA Research

Credit Suisse raised the target on Imperial Oil to $56 from $51 and maintained the Hold rating on the company’s stock.  Scotiabank Capital raised Imperial Oil to $68 from $59 and maintained the Outperform rating on the company’s stock.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Based on the Imperial Oil Limited stock forecasts from 15 analysts, the average analyst target price for Imperial Oil Limited is CAD 49.91 over the next 12 months. Imperial Oil Limited’s average analyst rating is Buy . Stock Target Advisor’s own stock analysis of Imperial Oil Limited is Slightly Bullish , which is based on 8 positive signals and 6 negative signals. At the last closing, Imperial Oil Limited’s stock price was CAD 58.92. Imperial Oil Limited’s stock price has changed by +2.03% over the past week, +3.24% over the past month and +92.30% over the last year.

What we like:

Superior risk adjusted returns

This stock has performed well, on a risk adjusted basis, compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.

High dividend returns

The stock has outperformed its sector peers on average annual dividend returns basis in the past 5 years (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile. This can be a good buy, especially if it is outperforming on total return basis , for investors seeking high income yields.

Underpriced compared to earnings

The stock is trading low compared to its peers on a price to earning basis and is in the top quartile. It may be underpriced but do check its financial performance to make sure there is no specific reason.

Superior return on equity

The company management has delivered better return on equity in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.

Superior capital utilization

The company management has delivered better return on invested capital in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.

Low debt

The company is less leveraged than its peers ,, and is among the top quartile, which makes it more flexible. However, do check the news and look at its sector. Sometimes this is low because the company is not growing and has no growth potential.

Positive cash flow

The company had positive total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Positive free cash flow

The company had positive total free cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

What we don’t like:

Low market capitalization

This is among the smaller entities in its sectors with below median market capitalization. That may make it less stable in the long run unless it has a unique technology or market which can help it grow or get acquired in future.

High volatility

The total returns for this company are volatile and above median for its sector over the past 5 years. Make sure you have the risk tolerance for investing in such stock.

Overpriced compared to book value

The stock is trading high compared to its peers median on a price to book value basis.

Overpriced on cashflow basis

The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to cash flow basis. It is priced above the median for its sectors. Proceed with caution if you are considering to buy.

Poor return on assets

The company management has delivered below median return on assets in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.

Low Earnings Growth

This stock has shown below median earnings growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector

 

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