The shares trade just below their reported March 31 tangible book value of $8.78, and for nine times the consensus 2013 earnings estimate of 89 cents, among analysts polled by Thomson Reuters. The consensus 2012 EPS estimate is six cents, including an expected net loss of 50 cents a share when the company announces its second-quarter results on July 20, in the wake of a $272 million charge for mortgage putback reserves and related litigation.
Steven Alexopoulos rates First Horizon "Overweight," with an $11.50 price target, saying on Tuesday that "the biggest cat
With JPMorgan expecting First Horizon's average loans to decline at an annualized pace of 8%, while securities grow 15% quarter-over-quarter, Alexopoulos expects to see some support to the company's net interest margin, contracting by two basis points to 3.10%.The analyst also anticipates the company will announced that it repurchased 5.4 million shares during the second quarter, which is the same pace as in the first quarter. JPMorgan estimates First Horizon to report core earnings of 28 cents a share this year, followed by core EPS of $1.09 in 2013. Alexopoulos calls First Horizon "a turnaround story" and said on Tuesday that "while we could still see unexpected surprises, with each passing quarter not only is the company boosting earnings power via buybacks, but we also believe we get one step closer to the company evolving into one of the highest
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