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Recommendation structure 
Swedbank Large Corporates & Institutions’ recommendation structure consists of five recommendations and a target price, that are based on an absolute return (share price appreciation and dividend yield) for the security 12 months forward.

  • Strong Buy (SB) The absolute return is estimated to be in excess of 15%
  • Buy (B): The absolute return is estimated to be between 5% and 25%
  • Neutral (N): The absolute return is estimated to be between 0% and 10%
  • Reduce (R): The absolute return is estimated to be between 5% and -10%
  • Sell (S): The absolute return is estimated to be less than -5%
  • Target Price (TP): Our expectations on the absolute return on a 12-month horizon

Swedbank Large Corporates & Institutions Equity Research department bases the recommendation on a variety of standard valuation models. For example: the DCF value that discounts future cash flow at present value; the relative valuation of the share versus others peers (international or national); news that can have a positive or negative effect on the share price; and relative and absolute multiples such as EV/EBITDA, EV/EBIT, PE, PEG and Net Asset models for companies with liquid markets for their assets. Break-up valuation models are also sometimes considered.

For Swedbank’s previous recommendations please follow the link: https://research.swedbank.se/files/RecoTrackList/RecoTrackList.pdf

 
Recommendation: 2017-03-24 Company


Nr of Shares(*) Part of total Part of MCAP
Str.Buy 6 (1) 6% 9%
Buy 59 (12) 55% 50%
Neutral 37 (9) 35% 32%
Reduce 5 5% 10%
Sell 0 0% 0%
* Companies where Swedbank has supplied material investment banking services in the previous 12 months

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