UBS upgrades Renault stock, cites EV unit IPO

UBS upgrades Renault stock, cites EV unit IPO
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On Friday, UBS has changed its stance on Renault SA (OTC: RNLSY ) (RNO:FP) (OTC: RNSDF), upgrading the stock from Sell to Neutral and significantly increasing the price target to €50.00 from the previous €31.00. This adjustment comes after several key developments that have influenced the company's outlook.

The automotive company has experienced a series of important events since last summer, which have altered the investment narrative. The initial plan for an IPO of Renault (EPA: RENA )'s electric vehicle unit, Ampere, was scrapped. Additionally, Renault has disposed of its stake in Nissan (OTC: NSANY ), and there is an ongoing European Union investigation into competition among Chinese original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

These events have shifted the focus from the crystallization of sum-of-the-parts (SOP) value to the potential for attractive cash returns. UBS now anticipates that Renault will meet its financial targets for the year 2024.

However, there is a noted downside risk to the company's free cash flow (FCF) over the medium term, which could be impacted by the developments surrounding Ampere.

The updated price target reflects a more positive outlook on the company's ability to deliver returns, despite the identified risks. Renault's stock will continue to be monitored by investors as the company navigates these changes and strives to meet its financial objectives in the coming years.

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