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Berenberg re-initiates coverage of Weir at 'buy'

13:43, 22nd May 2024

Berenberg re-initiated coverage of Weir Group on Wednesday with a 'buy' rating and 2,600p price target as it argued The Weir Group Plc   Follow | WEIR engineering firm is a "structural winner".
The bank said it set the price target using a combination of peer group multiples and its discounted cash flow.

It noted that the stock trades on 18x 2024E price-to-earnings and 12.9x EV/EBIT, which is a 10% premium to the broader industrials sector and in line with broader mining equipment peers.

"However, we believe that Weir's focused strategy, aftermarket-heavy business model, attractive financial targets and alignment to long-term structural growth justify a further rerating and so we re-initiate coverage with a buy rating," it said.

The bank forecast 4% earnings per share growth for 2024E, rising to 11% in 2025, supported by mid-single-digit organic growth and cost savings.

"We are slightly below consensus for 2024/25 but ahead for 2026 as we expect rising mining capex to underpin growth in the group's installed base and drive increasing aftermarket revenue, reinforcing the group's financial targets of mid- to high-single-digit through-cycle organic growth and 20% operating margins," it said.

Berenberg noted that Weir has more than 70% exposure to the mining industry, where mineral demand is expected to grow at 3-5% per year to 2050, driven by electrification and energy-transition themes, and it expects Weir to outperform this trajectory.

"The substantial anticipated capex for new projects, particularly copper (with an additional 670kt per annum required in 2026-34), provides a tailwind in the medium term to expand Weir's installed base, while the miners' continued focus on energy efficiency and sustainability also drives underlying demand for equipment upgrades," the bank said.

"Weir has market-leading positions in a number of product sets throughout both its Minerals and ESCO divisions, including its Warman pump brand, which we believe has over 60% market share.

"While competition is increasing, particularly in the minerals processing circuit, recent commentary from Weir suggests that it is still winning market share and has a high-quality product set and customer base."

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