We last wrote about Target (TGT) in May, citing considerable upside potential – since then shares have run up over 30%. Our thesis was primarily built on an unjustified discount being applied by the market due to temporary margin headwinds. We continue to believe that Target is a quality brick-and-mortar retailer and although valuation has run up in the past several months, we believe this is also justified given their recent Q2 results.
We reiterate our buy rating on Target, and continue to believe long-term performance will remain fairly stable warranting a premium in the current environment. Recent quarterly results reinforce this.
Retail Performance is Widespread
Target operates as a brick-and-mortar retailer selling a wide variety of merchandise. Other companies selling general merchandise include superstores like Walmart (WMT) and Costco (COST). Retail has experienced heavy impacts as COVID-19 swept the country – many department stores were forced into bankruptcy