Citi reiterates 'buy' on Centrica after results
Citi reiterated its ‘buy’ rating on Centrica on Friday following a "strong" set of results a day earlier and as it highlighted the potential for further cash return to shareholders after the announced second tranche of share buyback.
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The bank, which kept its price target at 120p, said it sees a further £0.5bn of cash return at 1H, taking total return to £1bn.
"We expect this to be the case even assuming a step-up of investments in a portfolio of optimization projects," it said.
"With the Ofgem EBIT review and Centrica's LNG teach-in to further improve the visibility of medium-term earnings, we see scope for further re-rating of the shares despite recent performance.
"In our view, the Centrica shares are cheap with the prospect of circa 20% from its market cap being returned over 18m, currently trading on an unchallenging one-year forward 5x P/E and 2x EV/EBITDA or 9x P/E and 4x EV/EBITDA on a normalised FY25E EPS."
On Thursday, the British Gas owner said profits had more than tripled to a record £3.3bn, driven by soaring wholesale gas prices in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.