Kirby sell-off a buying opportunity, says FBR Capital FBR Capital lowered its price target for Kirby shares to $100 from $145 following the company's guidance cut, but views the corresponding sell-off as a buying opportunity. FBR thinks slower near-term growth is already reflected in the stock and notes management could look to make an acquisition with the reduced sector valuations. FBR removed Kirby from its Top Picks list and keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
Kirby cuts Q4 EPS outlook to $1.10-$1.20 from $1.30-$1.40 Kirby lowered its Q4 EPS outlook to $1.10 to $1.20, below its previously announced guidance range of $1.30-$1.40 and the consensus of $1.35. For the full year, Kirby lowered its 2014 guidance to $4.84-$4.94, below previously announced guidance of $5.04-$5.14 and the consensus of $5.11. The company said, "Our fourth quarter performance to date has been disappointing relative to our earlier expectations. The majority of the change in our earnings guidance is a result of changes in our land-based diesel engine services market. Our production ramp up in that market has not gone as well as expected and demand across our product and service portfolio is being impacted by the sharp decline in crude oil prices which have led to customer cancellations and requests to delay delivery of projects. Customers have recently begun to reduce their capital spending plans in light of the decline in oil prices and we expect this to continue into 2015."