Jpmorgan Updates Brazil’S Transport Sector Evaluations

(MENAFN- The Rio Times) JPMorgan has revised its evaluations for the transport industry amid economic shifts, increasing the average equity cost by 0.5%.

The bank downgraded Azul and Movida to 'neutral' for their higher financial risks and less appeal versus industry peers.

On the flip side, Vamo (VAMO3) saw an upgrade from 'neutral' to 'buy'. This shows the bank's strategy to favor firms like Santos Brasil and Rumo, with strong futures, followed by Localiza.

Azul and Movida, both previously enjoying a 'buy' status, now face a downgrade. This decision reflects their increased leverage and reduced cash flow relative to leading industry names, despite their strong operational health and potential for growth.

In detailed figures, Movida's shares are estimated to trade at 10.6 and 6.9 times their forecasted earnings for 2024 and 2025.

This marks a significant discount compared to Localiza. Despite this, Movida's ongoing management reforms keep analysts optimistic, maintaining a 'buy' recommendation at a target of R$ 10.50.

Azul is now trading at multiples of 4.9 and 4.5 times its projected 2024 and 2025 EBITDA, showing a 10% premium over competitors like Copa and LATAM.

This premium appears unwarranted considering the superior financial health of these rivals. Although less favored, Azul remains more promising than Gol, which holds an 'underweight' rating.
JPMorgan Updates Brazil's Transport Sector Evaluations
Vamos has been navigating tough times but shows signs of imminent improvement. Shares at 8.3 times 2025 earnings prompted a bank upgrade due to improved profit projections.

JPMorgan continues to support Santos Brasil, Rumo, and Localiza with strong buy recommendations, citing favorable evaluations and expected profit trajectories.

JPMorgan adjusted its EBITDA forecasts: raising them for infrastructure companies, maintaining for car rentals, and lowering for airlines.

This reflects a deep grasp of market dynamics, essential for investors in these volatile conditions.


The Rio Times

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