Banking & Finance

Analysts Issue Mixed Ratings on ING U.S. After IPO Quiet Period Expires

ING U.S. Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) has now been public for long enough that the analyst quiet period from the underwriting firms has ended. We are seeing mixed official analyst coverage, but note that Barron’s said the company is greatly undervalued compared to its peers in recent weeks.

Shares closed at $28.41 on Monday, and we have seen a post-IPO trading range of $19.20 to $29.06, so that you can get an idea of how the valuation calls are looking. Also note that the underwriting group did exercise the 9.8 million share overallotment option at the $19.50 initial public offering price.

Here are some of the analyst initiations we have seen so far on ING U.S. on Tuesday:

  • Equal Weight at Barclays
  • Neutral at Citigroup
  • Hold at Deutsche Bank
  • Equal Weight at Evercore
  • Neutral at Goldman Sachs
  • Neutral at J.P. Morgan
  • Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette & Woods
  • Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
  • Outperform at Raymond James
  • Neutral at SunTrust Robinson Humphreys
  • Market Perform at Wells Fargo

When Andrew Bary of Barron’s wrote his positive story in mid-May, the stock was at $24.70, and shares are now at $28.41. He said at the time that ING U.S. had an estimated book value of $41 per share and a total book value of $55 per share.