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Lloyds TSB stock rated Hold by Berenberg

EditorAhmed Abdulazez Abdulkadir
Published 04/25/2024, 05:28 PM

On Thursday, Lloyds (LON:LLOY) TSB Group (NYSE:LYG) received a Hold rating from Berenberg, accompanied by a price target set at $2.75. The rating follows Lloyds' first-quarter financial performance, which revealed that both net interest income and expenses did not meet expectations. Despite these results, Lloyds' management has expressed confidence in meeting the full-year 2024 guidance.

The bank's underlying margin and growth prospects are reportedly on the rise, yet this positive trend is being offset by non-banking interest expenses that fall outside the company's guidance. Berenberg also noted concerns regarding Lloyds' historical loss of market share in the mortgage sector, suggesting this could hinder future growth.

Berenberg's forecast for Lloyds' earnings in the fiscal year 2026 stands approximately 2% below the consensus. The firm's analysis suggests that at roughly 1.0 times tangible book value (TBV), Lloyds' shares are currently fairly valued. In comparison, Berenberg maintains a Buy rating for both Barclays and NatWest, indicating a preference for these institutions over Lloyds TSB.

The financial sector, and particularly banking stocks, are closely monitored by investors for signs of stability and growth potential. Ratings and price targets from financial institutions such as Berenberg are critical inputs for market participants looking to make informed decisions about their investment portfolios.

InvestingPro Insights

As investors digest the hold rating from Berenberg and consider the fair valuation of Lloyds TSB Group's shares, real-time data from InvestingPro provides additional context. Lloyds has a market capitalization of $40.95 billion and is trading at a P/E ratio of 7.37, which is considered low relative to near-term earnings growth. This is further underscored by an adjusted P/E ratio over the last twelve months as of Q4 2023 at an even lower 6.12, suggesting that the stock might be undervalued.

InvestingPro Tips highlight that Lloyds has raised its dividend for three consecutive years, with a robust dividend yield of 7.2% as of April 2024. This dividend performance, combined with a significant price uptick of over 31% in the last six months, underscores the company's strong return over the recent period. Moreover, analysts predict that the company will remain profitable this year, which aligns with the positive sentiment expressed by Lloyds' management regarding the full-year 2024 guidance.

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