Beyond Meat (BYND) shares jumped higher Monday after analysts at Bernstein lifted their rating on the plant-based foodmaker to "outperform" ahead of what it sees as a 'significant' increase in restaurant sales powered by state re-openings around the country.
Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Alexia Howard lifting her rating on the stock two notches, and pegged it with a $130 price target, citing improved near-term prospects in the waning months of the coronavirus pandemic. Howard said food service sales should rebound "significantly", thanks in part to Beyond Meat's recent partnerships with McDonald's (MCD) , Yum Brands (YUM) and PepsiCo. (PEP) , calling the stock a 'buy-the-dip' candidate in the broader U.S. re-opening.
Beyond Meat shares were marked 8.4% higher in early trading Monday to change hands at $115.60 each, a move that would trim the stock's year-to-date decline to around 7.5%.
Earlier this month, Beyond Meat posted a wider-than-expected first quarter loss of 42 cents per shares as expenses piled up and restaurant sales slowed in the waning months of the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. foodservice sales fell 26% to $16.7 million, Beyond Meat said, and 44% to $10.4 million internationally. U.S. retail sales rose 27.8% to $63.8 million, while international retail sales jumped 189% to $17.2 million.
Current quarter sales were forecast between $135 million and $150 million, a 32% increase from last year's levels at the higher end of the range, but the group said it was unable to provide full-year guidance with "reasonable certainty" given the economy's current pandemic conditions.