LONDON, August 29 (newratings.com) - Analyst Gerard Rijk of ING Financial Markets maintains his "hold" rating on Nutreco Holding NV (ticker: NU3), while reducing his estimates for the company. The 12-month target price has been reduced from €54.4 to €49.5.
In a research note published this morning, the analyst mentions that the company has announced a special dividend of €5 per share. Nutreco appears to have changed its strategy from acquiring high-growth emerging market positions for a low multiple towards acquiring low-growth mature market positions for a high multiple, the analyst says. There is a 75% probability of Nutreco continuing to make acquisitions and a 25% probability of a private equity taking over the company, ING Financial Markets adds. The EPS estimates for 2007 and 2008 have been reduced from €3.77 to €3.63 and from €4.19 to €4.05, respectively.