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Goldman Sachs: Citigroup strategic transformation plan gains momentum

Published 20-06-2024, 09:36 pm
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Goldman Sachs analysts remain positive on Citigroup (C) following the company's investor day, with the firm maintaining their medium-to-longer term view and Buy rating on the stock.

While reiterating FY24 and medium-term financial targets, Citigroup is said to have impressed with its strategic focus on the Services business, a key driver of future growth.

The company "set out strategic priorities in the services business," states the Goldman Sachs note. This segment is critical to Citigroup achieving its goals, accounting for "a quarter of group revenue growth through 2026" in the Goldman Sachs model.

The analysts see reasons for optimism, highlighting Citigroup's "unique market position" with a global network, strong client relationships, and ongoing investments in technology. They believe these factors will fuel "sustained revenue momentum and continued market share gains."

An additional benefit of the Services business lies in its role as a gateway to other Citigroup offerings. "We expect revenue synergy opportunities especially in Markets and Banking," the Goldman Sachs note explains.

While some market uncertainty remains regarding Citigroup's ability to achieve its revenue growth targets, Goldman Sachs sees a clear path forward. They said the recent track record of revenue growth "shows a much clearer path to significantly improved returns."

Goldman Sachs increased its EPS estimates slightly to reflect Citigroup's guidance and revised revenue projections. Their 12-month price target also rose to $72 from $71 per share.

Looking ahead, successful execution of the strategic plan is expected to drive "EPS upgrades over time," Goldman Sachs concludes, suggesting Citigroup's transformation is gaining traction.

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