3 Reasons Why This Petrobas Analyst Is Bullish: 'Prior Risks Have Diminished' - Petrobras Brasileiro (NYSE:PBR)

Shares of Petroleo Brasileiro PBR, or Petrobras, rose in early trading on Wednesday, maintaining their uptrend so far this year.

Despite the recent rally of around 50% gains, the current valuation of the company’s stock remains attractive, according to Goldman Sachs.

The Analyst: Bruno Amorim upgraded the rating for Petrobras to Buy, while maintaining a price target of $18.10.

The Thesis: Prior risks have diminished, after the new government provided some clarifications on the policies to be adopted, Amorim said in the upgrade note.

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The analyst cited the easing of these 3 tail risks as the reason for the upgrade:

  • Dividends: Management believes “25% payout on earnings is too low” and mentioned buybacks as an option.
  • Fuel Prices: “The new pricing policy is not straightforward but points to PBR still following international price trends (even if with a delay and/or a small discount vs international prices),” Amorim wrote.
  • Capital Allocation: “Low carbon initiatives capex is guided to move from 6% of total capex to up to 15% thus limiting the amount to be disclosed in November together with the new strategic plan,” he added.

PBR Price Action: Shares of Petrobras had risen by 2.70% to $14.62 at the time of publishing Wednesday.

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