Will Accenture (ACN) Stock React Negatively to This Price Target Decrease?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Analysts at Credit Suisse lowered their price target on Accenture Plc. (ACN) to $89 from $92 on Thursday.

The firm also reduced its earnings estimates on the company, which provides management consulting, technology, and outsourcing services, to $4.52 per share, from $4.53 per share for the 2014 full year.

Credit Suisse also cut its full year 2015 EPS forecast by 3% to $4.77, and decreased its full year 2016 earnings estimate to $5.20 from $5.42 per share.

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The firm said it lowered its numbers on Accenture as it is facing negative currency and tax trends.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates ACCENTURE PLC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ACCENTURE PLC (ACN) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 12.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • ACN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.26, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the IT Services industry average. The net income increased by 0.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $810.26 million to $817.34 million.
  • ACCENTURE PLC's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ACCENTURE PLC increased its bottom line by earning $4.93 versus $3.84 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 8.1% in earnings ($4.53 versus $4.93).
  • In its most recent trading session, ACN has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ACN Ratings Report

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