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Tyson Foods upgraded to neutral, price target raised to $62

Published 07/02/2024, 02:10 am
Updated 07/02/2024, 02:10 am
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On Tuesday, BofA Securities adjusted its stance on Tyson Foods , Inc. (NYSE:TSN), moving its rating from Underperform to Neutral. The firm also increased the price target for Tyson's stock to $62.00, up from the previous target of $47.00.

The revision follows Tyson's first-quarter performance, which prompted the analyst to reevaluate the company's stock based on approximately 13 times the projected earnings per share for fiscal year 2026. This adjustment represents a shift from the previous valuation that was based on 13 times the calendar year 2025 earnings per share estimate.

The initial downgrade to Underperform occurred in November 2022, amid concerns about challenging conditions in the Beef and Chicken segments, which were expected to pose obstacles for both the company's share performance and earnings. However, since then, Tyson Foods has experienced a notable improvement in its Chicken segment's fundamentals and execution. Additionally, positive developments in the Pork segment and strong earnings and execution in Prepared Foods, particularly through foodservice share gains, contributed to better-than-anticipated results in the first quarter.

Despite these positive trends, the analyst noted that the Beef segment continues to present challenges and may do so for an extended period. The firm pointed out that until there is a significant change in the Beef cycle, it is difficult to anticipate considerable further increases in earnings per share or the stock's valuation multiple.

Investors are currently expected to base their valuations on a price-to-earnings ratio of around 13 times, which is considered the mid-cycle and average multiple from 2000 to 2022, applied to an estimated mid-cycle earnings per share of approximately $5, achievable, in the analyst's view, by calendar year 2026.

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InvestingPro Insights

In light of BofA Securities' recent upgrade of Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE:TSN) from Underperform to Neutral and the increase in their price target to $62.00, current and prospective investors may find additional insights from InvestingPro valuable. Tyson Foods has shown a strong commitment to shareholder returns, as evidenced by a decade of consecutive dividend increases. The company's dividend has been maintained for 50 consecutive years, highlighting its stability and reliability as an income stock. This is particularly compelling for investors seeking steady income streams.

Analysts are optimistic about Tyson Foods' future, with net income expected to grow this year and five analysts revising their earnings upwards for the upcoming period. This suggests that the company's financial health may be on an upward trajectory despite the challenges faced in the Beef segment.

From the real-time data available on InvestingPro, Tyson Foods presents a mixed financial picture. The company's market cap stands at $20.32 billion, with a price-to-book ratio over the last twelve months as of Q4 2023 at 1.13, indicating a potentially undervalued stock compared to its book value. However, investors should note the high price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio for the same period at 273.26, which could suggest overvaluation based on earnings.

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