In an Aug. 28 research note, analyst J.R. Weston reported that Raymond James upgraded Targa Resources Corp. (TRGP:NYSE) to Strong Buy from Outperform "as we feel this is an attractive entry point to gain exposure to the longer-term theme; the selloff is overdone."
That theme, Weston explained, is "meaningfully improved" financial flexibility in 2020 and beyond for this midstream energy corporation now that capex has "dialed down" and cash flow is increasing. "The worst is largely behind the company," and now, it is on the cusp of "reaping the rewards of a long-running and ambitious growth program."
That program involved Targa integrating business and enhancing downstream assets to strengthen its long-term strategic position, noted Weston. "With Grand Prix online this month and expected to ramp to 200,000 barrels per day September, Targa has connected the natural gas liquids value chain between its Permian/Midcon assets and top-tier downstream footprint."
Targa "is poised to rate into a group of midstream players that are perceived to be higher quality," Weston commented, and as the company nears full integration, "we expect that investors become willing to provide it with a substantial premium valuation, closer to large-cap C corps."
Raymond James' target price on Targa remains unchanged at $48 per share. This compares to $36.78, where the stock is currently trading.[NLINSERT]
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