STOCKS NEWS THAILAND-CIMB raises Tisco price target after Q4

Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:50pm EST

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CIMB Research raised its price target for Tisco Financial Group Pcl to 57 baht from 55 baht after the financial firm reported a better-than-expected fourth quarter net profit. It maintained a 'neutral' rating.

On Friday, Tisco shares closed down 0.5 percent at 54.25 baht before it announced the quarterly earnings. It was up 4.3 percent since the start of the year versus a 0.3 percent gain of the broader banking subindex.

Tisco reported a quarterly net profit of 995 million baht ($32.86 million), up 47 percent year-on-year and up 4 percent quarter on quarter. The result was 4 percent higher than the broker estimate because of a strong fee income.

"The quarter was fairly representative of the full year which saw explosive loan growth but net interest margin (NIM) stress. From mid-13, the reverse could be the case as new loans will be scarcer but NIM should improve," it said in a report.

"Despite the near-term attractive earnings outlook and tempting valuations, we keep the stock at neutral as its longer-term return on equity (ROE) sustainability is in doubt," it said.

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(Reporting by Viparat Jantraprap in Bangkok; Editing by G.Ram Mohan)

($1 = 30.28 baht)