Latam Airlines Gains as Banchile-Citi Raises Target

Latam Airlines SA, Latin America’s largest carrier, approached a five-month high as Banchile-Citi raised its target price, citing an expected recovery in profits.

The shares increased 0.4 percent to 8,600 pesos at 2:07 p.m. in Santiago after climbing on Nov. 5 to 8,806.50 pesos, the highest level since June 7. The benchmark IPSA stock index declined 0.3 percent today.

Banchile-Citi, the joint research department of Citigroup Inc. and Banco de Chile, increased its price target for Latam to $20 per American depositary receipt from $16 and reiterated a buy rating on expectations that cash from a planned equity offering this quarter will help reduce financial costs and boost profits next year.

“Most of the bad earnings news is behind us,” the Banchile-Citi analysts, Stephen Trent, Fernan Gonzalez and Juliano Navarro, wrote in an e-mailed research note.

They increased their profit forecast for Latam next year to $0.98 per ADR from $0.96, according to the note. Latam approved in June plans to sell about $1 billion in shares. Ignacio Cueto, the chief executive officer of unit Lan Airlines SA and a member of the controlling family, said last month that the company plans to complete the share sale this year.

Latam’s shares in Chile have increased 44 percent since reaching a four-year low in August. The ADRs fell 0.8 percent to $16.66 today in New York.

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