Evercore ISI cites capital reductions as reason for NextEra Outperfrom rating

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Evercore ISI cites capital reductions as reason for NextEra Outperfrom rating
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On Tuesday, NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE ) Partners (NYSE:NEP) received an Outperform rating from Evercore ISI, with a new price target set at $43.00. The renewable energy company was recognized for its strategic measures aimed at simplifying its financial structure and reducing capital costs.

NextEra Energy Partners has been utilizing convertible equity portfolio financing (CEPF) since 2018, which has introduced a level of financial complexity and dependency on stable capital markets. Concerns over high interest rates and the intricacies of CEPF have led to a less favorable cost of capital for the partnership.

The firm noted that the persistent weakness in NEP's unit prices raised doubts about the company's capacity to efficiently execute buyouts. Despite these challenges, NextEra Energy Partners has laid out a simplification strategy that is expected to lower its cost of capital. This approach, coupled with the company's reliable cash flow generated from contracts with predominantly investment-grade counterparties, is believed to position NextEra Energy Partners to achieve a new and attainable 6% distribution growth target while maintaining its debt commitments.

The $43.00 price target suggests a potential upside of approximately 50% for NextEra Energy Partners shares. This optimistic outlook is based on the company's strategic initiatives and the anticipated benefits of a more streamlined financial structure.

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