Barclays started its coverage on Stellantis (NYSE:STLA), setting an Overweight rating and a one-year target price of EUR 22.50.

While Stellantis stands out among European and U.S. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) regarding profitability, cash generation, dividends, and capital usage, Barclays sees its position as comparatively subdued due to a general disinterest in the European Automotive sector.

Anticipating changes in the sector, Barclays forecasts a margin shift for Stellantis, declining from about 13% to close to 11%. Such an adjustment encompasses the general leveling off of prices across the industry and Stellantis-specific issues, including dilution from Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and heightened depreciation and amortization costs.

Barclays highlights that even though Stellantis currently hovers around its peak trading levels, there are ongoing concerns, including uncertainties related to the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike and potential challenges in achieving long-term DF30 volume and market share targets. Nevertheless, Barclays remains optimistic. Even with their deliberately cautious predictions, their estimates are still roughly 10% higher than the general consensus, showcasing a strong earnings outlook.

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