Ian Forrest, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, explains why he has upgraded budget airline easyJet from a ‘hold’ to a ‘buy’:
The Share Centre upgrades easyJet to a ‘buy’
- Group benefitting from increased demand in the sector and is coping better with competition than peers
- First quarter results push share price to pre-Brexit levels
- We currently recommend easyJet as a ‘buy’ for medium risk balanced investors
We recently commented on how easyJet’s first class Q1 results pushed its share price to pre-Brexit levels. While competition in the sector remains strong, easyJet is coping better than many others and has taken steps to ensure that trading continues as normal after the Brexit settlement. When you combine this with the fact that economic growth across Europe is beginning to pick up and further growth opportunities therefore present themselves, we have taken the decision to upgrade our recommendation on easyJet from a ‘hold’ to a ‘buy’ for medium risk investors.”
Looking at the business further, the group has benefited from the increased demand for leisure and business travel around Europe. The latest trading update was very positive with revenue up 14.4% to £1.14bn and revenue per seat up 6.6% on a constant currency basis. Interested investors should appreciate that seat capacity is expected to increase by 5-6% in 2018 and the company plans to launch a full summer schedule from its new base at Berlin Tegel airport. The arrival of the new CEO, Johan Lundgren, also provides the opportunity for a review of the company’s strategy.
Investors should also appreciate that easyJet has a relatively strong balance sheet and cashflow which enables it to pay good dividends and take advantage of opportunities to acquire useful assets when they arise.
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