Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Honeywell International, AAR,
Capital One Financial, HSBC Holdings Plc and ING Groep NV
CHICAGO, May 4, 2012
CHICAGO, May 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Zacks Equity Research highlights
Honeywell International (NYSE: HON) as the Bull of the Day and AAR Corporation
(NYSE: AIR) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research
provides analysis on Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF),HSBC
Holdings Plc (NYSE: HBC) and ING Groep NV (NYSE: ING).
Full analysis of all these stocks is available at
Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:
Bull of the Day:
We maintain our Outperform rating on Honeywell International (NYSE: HON) with
a target price of $73.00. The company had a robust quarterly performance,
outperforming its earnings expectations. Despite the challenging macro
environment, the company's top-line growth was reasonably good.
Sales growth in the US was a driving factor for the company. Commercial
aerospace and UOP business performed well, and three out of four business
segments posted revenue growth. The Transport segment was affected by lower
European vehicle production and lower aftermarket sales volume. Short cycle
businesses in Europe were also weak during the quarter. However, the company
expects to deliver solid results in 2012, despite the macro uncertainty.
Our long-term Outperform recommendation on the stock indicates that it will
outperform the broader U.S. equity market over the next six-to-twelve months.
Our target price is $73.00 or 16.2x 2012 EPS, which is well within the
Bear of the Day:
We had downgraded our recommendation on AAR Corporation (NYSE: AIR) from
Neutral to Underperform. We have been witnessing an overcapacity in the
aerospace market, aggravated by intense competition from the big and small
Risk of lower military operations, delayed aircraft delivery and unscheduled
maintenance inspections raise costs. In addition, inadequate debt financing,
unfavorable aircraft lease agreement and currency fluctuations constrain
The company reported net income per diluted share of $0.50, beating the Zacks
Consensus Estimate by a penny. However, our $15.00 target price, 8.2x 2012
EPS, reflects our downgrade in recommendation.
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Capital One Gets HSBC Credit Cards
As per the regulatory filing on Tuesday, Capital One Financial Corporation
(NYSE: COF) has wrapped up the HSBC Holdings Plc's (NYSE: HBC) U.S. credit
card business deal, which was announced in August 2011. This divestiture was a
part of HSBC's long-term strategy to reduce costs up to $3.5 billion by 2013
and cut back retail banking.
As per the terms of the agreement, Capital One paid $31.3 billion in cash,
including $2.5 billion premium for credit card receivables acquired, to HSBC.
Following the acquisition, the company assumed $28.2 billion of credit card
receivables and $0.6 billion in other net assets.
The deal will likely bring high teens GAAP as well as operating earnings per
share for Capital One in 2013. Also, an IRR of greater than 20%, return on
invested capital of more than 25% and a 400 basis point improvement in return
on tangible equity are expected to be the outcome of the transaction in 2013.
HSBC's U.S. credit card business is a strategic fit for Capital One as it has
a proven track record and generates more than half of its revenue from credit
cards. The deal will definitely improve the credit card franchise of the
company. Consequently, the company is expected to significantly gain from this
transaction with low business execution risk.
Moreover, the closing of the transaction will barely have any impact on the
customers. As an added advantage, HSBC's credit card customers will now be
able to have access to Capital One's ATM network, across the country.
For Capital One, this would be the second-largest acquisition completed this
year. In February, it closed the acquisition of ING Direct USA, the online
banking unit of Amsterdam-based ING Groep NV (NYSE: ING), in a $9.0 billion
Capital One has been growing organically as well as through acquisitions.
Since 2005, it has integrated three banks – Hibernia Corporation in 2005,
North Fork Bancorporation in 2006, and Chevy Chase Bank in 2009. Moreover,
given its sound capital position and stable balance sheet, the company will be
able to further de-risk its balance sheet, and provide its customers with
better access to banking services.
Currently, Capital One retains a Zacks #3 Rank, which translates into a
short-term Hold rating. Also, considering the fundamentals, we maintain a
long-term Neutral recommendation on the stock.
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