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CSAV Leads Chile’s 2013 Gains After IM Trust Says Buy

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Cia. Sud Americana de Vapores SA, Latin America’s largest shipping company, rose to a four-month high as brokerage IM Trust SA assigned a buy rating after a fleet overhaul that began early last year lowered costs.

CSAV jumped 3.7 percent to 50.64 pesos at the close of trading in Santiago, its highest since Sept. 13. It was the fifth consecutive increase, bringing this year’s gain to 18 percent, the most among members of Chile’s benchmark index.

Shares of CSAV, which is based in Valparaiso and controlled by Chile’s richest family, probably will reach 70 pesos by year-end, analysts Ignacio Spencer and Francisca Manuschevich wrote in an e-mailed report today.

“We consider as positive the company’s increasing exposure to trades where it has competitive advantages, such as South American routes,” the analysts wrote. CSAV’s young fleet, with an average age of three years, will generate an “attractive” level of cash, according to the analysts.

The company also has moved to cut unprofitable routes and reduce dependence on leased vessels, the analysts said.

CSAV lost $290 million during the first nine months of 2012, compared with a loss of $868 million a year earlier.

CSAV is controlled by heirs of founder Andronico Luksic, with his son Guillermo serving as chairman. The Luksic family began building its 37 percent stake in the shipping company in March 2011 through the acquisition of shares directly from the company’s former controllers, the Claro family, and by buying new shares at a capital increase in early 2012.

Andronico Luksic’s widow, Iris Fontbona, is ranked 31st in the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eduardo Thomson in Santiago at ethomson1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Papadopoulos at papadopoulos@bloomberg.net

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