Dover upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse Credit Suisse upgraded Dover following the recent spin-off of Knowles and raised its price target to $93 from $81. The firm believes M&A could provide upside to earnings and that acceleration in the Energy segment deserves a premium multiple.
Fitch affirms Dover at A; outlook revised to negative Fitch Ratings has affirmed Dover Corporation's long-term Issuer Default Rating at 'A' and short-term IDR at 'F1' and revised the Rating Outlook to Negative from Stable. Dover had $2.8B of debt outstanding as of Dec. 31, 2015. The Negative Outlook reflects Dover's soft operating results and weaker credit metrics, which Fitch expects will persist through 2016 and into 2017. Dover's revenues declined 10% in 2015, due primarily to weak results in its energy segment, which realized a 26.4% decline in revenues and a 62.5% drop in operating earnings. This segment, which generated 16.8% of Dover's operating profits in 2015 has been negatively affected by the sharp drop in North American upstream oil and gas markets. Fitch expects oil and gas drilling and production will remain depressed in the first half of 2016 before reaching bottom and beginning a gradual recovery.