What the Under Armour Downgrade Means for Mutual Fund Investors (UA)

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What the Under Armour Downgrade Means for Mutual Fund Investors (UA)

Shauna O'Brien Jan 05, 2015

Inside the Analyst Move

According to analyst Randal Konik: "UA had a stellar run in 2014 with shares climbing 56% as the brand continued to grow at a remarkable pace and achieve meaningful market share gains. We continue to believe in the LT power of the UA brand, underpinned by a strong core in performance apparel and strength in new products and relationships that are also driving brand awareness. The diversification strategy is clearly working and we are confident in UA’s ability to continue executing on its many growth initiatives and nearly quintuple its revenue over the next decade, driven primarily by growth in its newer categories including footwear, international, women’s and youth.

“While our positive views on the name have not changed, we see limited upside to UA share price in the near term given few near term catalysts and a slowing upward earnings revision cycle as well as increasingly high earnings expectations that are getting harder and harder to beat. We believe UA’s premium valuation fully accounts for the positive growth opportunities discussed above and view risk/reward as balanced at current levels. As such, we are downgrading UA shares from Buy to Hold rated and lowering our PT to $75 from $80.”

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