Shares in Perth-based mining services company Monadelphous have dropped to a four-year low as broking analysts cut their ratings on the stock in the wake of news of a $493 million damages suit from Rio Tinto.
Shares in Perth-based engineering company Monadelphous Group dropped more than 10% on Monday after news broke that it was being sued by Rio Tinto over a fire at one of Rio's iron ore export terminals at Cape Lambert in the Pilbara.
The company's balance sheet is the strongest in Citi's coverage, courtesy of having negligible debt. The broker likes the combination of relative resilience in mining, coupled with optimism regarding the pace of recovery in energy from 2021.
Following the recent underperformance of the share price, UBS upgrades to Buy from Neutral. The broker expects Monadelphous to return to sales growth in FY20 as it transitions into iron ore replacement and sustaining capital projects from LNG construction.