This article is an excerpt from Barron’s 10 favorite stocks for 2022, published on Dec. 17. To see the full list, click here.
Rental cars are the best business in travel now, as auto shortages have led to strong pricing and high used-car prices.
Jeffries analyst Hamzah Mazari has said, “What once was a dysfunctional oligopoly with no pricing power is a functional oligopoly with pricing power.” Anyone who has rented a car since the spring can probably attest to that.
Hertz, which emerged from bankruptcy in June, is in great shape for 2022. It will have a clean balance sheet with minimal net debt (excluding asset-backed securities) after the payoff of high-rate preferred stock, and is taking profitable initiatives like the purchase of 100,000 Teslas by the end of 2022 and a deal to sell used cars through Carvana (CVNA).
Hertz shares, at about $21, are inexpensive, trading for less than nine times projected 2022 earnings. J.P. Morgan analyst Brinkman has an Overweight rating and a $30 price target, citing “strong industry tailwinds and a multitude of company-specific drivers.”
Barron’s Stock Picks for 2022
We have identified these 10 as among the best candidates to outperform the market next year.
|Company / Ticker||Recent Price||YTD Change||2021E EPS||2022E EPS||2022E P/E||Dividend Yield||Market Value (bil)|
|Amazon.com / AMZN||$3,377.42||4%||$41.11||$51.37||65.7||None||$1,713|
|AT&T / T||23.71||-18||3.38||3.17||7.5||8.8%||169|
|Berkshire Hathaway / BRK.A||454,550.00||31||17,466.30||18,928.50||24.0||None||673|
|General Motors / GM||58.39||40||6.73||6.93||8.4||None||85|
|Hertz Global Holdings / HTZ||21.01||-22*||4.02||2.55||8.2||None||10|
|IBM / IBM||125.93||5||10.05||11.04||11.4||5.2||113|
|Johnson & Johnson / JNJ||173.01||10||9.83||10.38||16.7||2.5||455|
|Nordstrom / JWN**||20.05||-36||1.27||1.99||10.1||None||3|
|Royal Dutch Shell / RDS.B||42.82||27||4.86||6.19||6.9||3.9||166|
|Visa / V***||214.37||-2||5.91A||7.04||30.5||0.7||467|
*Since July 1. **Estimates for Jan. 2022 and Jan. 2023 fiscal year ends. ***Sept. fiscal year end. E=estimate. A=actual.
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