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Company Valuation and Risk Disclosures
Activision Blizzard, Inc. (ATVI, Buy, $68.00 PT)
Valuation: Our 12-month price target of $68 is based on a 22x average of modeled 2020-2021 earnings.
Risks: We expect significant Blizzard releases to be announced at BlizzCon 2019. An absence of material announcements could have an impact on stock sentiment and earnings estimates. CoD Mobile fails to maintain its current monetization trajectory over an extended period of time. Poor execution of in-game monetization could alienate consumers. Inability to develop advertising business for King.
Live Nation (LYV, Buy, $100.00 PT)
Valuation: Our 12-month price target of $100 is based on a 19.5x 2021 EV/EBITDA multiple.
Risks: A global recession could limit discretionary income and slow fan and ticket growth. Regulatory risk tied to Live Nation’s vertically integrated business model. An inability to meaningfully scale sponsorship opportunities outside of festivals. Slower-than-expected international growth as Live Nation moves into new markets
Netflix, Inc. (NFLX, Buy, $375.00 PT)
Valuation: Our 12-month price target of $375 is based on a 25x 2021 EV/EBITDA multiple.
Risks: Proliferation of new SVOD and AVOD streaming services (Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Quibi, Peacock, etc) increases competition for consumer time and money, which could have a negative impact on Netflix’s subscriber growth, particularly in the US . More competition for content could increase Netflix’s content costs and slow its contribution margin growth. Competitors have started to pull library content from Netflix, which could increase the service’s churn. Netflix has historically accessed debt markets for financing. Any adverse changes in lending standards could impact Netflix’s ability to continue increasing their spend. International growth will require specific, and potentially expensive, content tied to each individual market, with no guarantees that the content will resonate outside of its intended market.
Snap, Inc. (SNAP, Buy, $20.00 PT)
Valuation: Our 12-month price target of $20 is based on a 25x 2022 EV/EBITDA multiple discounted back one year at 20%
Risks: Facebook increasing its focus on private messaging through Threads could pressure Snapchat’s user base. Outcome of ongoing SEC/DOJ Investigation is unknown. Snapchat’s entrance into mobile gaming could be met with increased ongoing competition through both subscription offerings (Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass) and free-to-play (evidenced by the recently released Call of Duty: Mobile). Increased competition in the mobile advertising space.
The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG, Buy, $60.00 PT)
Valuation: We value MSG at $360, based on a sum-of-the-parts basis. We are valuing Entertainment Co at $161 excluding its retained interest in sports. We are valuing Sports Co at $198. If we allocate 1/3 of Sports to Entertainment, Entertainment shareholders would own $227 per share of value in the Entertainment company and $133 in Sports company. Adding the two pieces together, we get $360.
Risks: Greater-than-anticipated capex and lower-than-anticipated EBITDA tied to the MSG Spheres. Economic downturn in New York City. Declining or stagnant professional sports franchise valuations in future ownership sales.
Twitter Inc. (TWTR, Buy, $45.00 PT)
Valuation: Our 12-month price target of $45 is based on a 25x 2021 EV/EBITDA multiple.
Risks: DAU growth slows and/or reverses due to reduced interest in the Twitter product offering and/or increased competition from larger industry peers such as Facebook and Google. Given that the overwhelming majority of Twitter’s revenues are derived from advertising, a meaningful downturn in the global economic outlook could pressure Twitter’s earnings growth. Increased regulation adds to cost pressure and weakens the ability to monetize Twitter’s user base. Weakness in the Japanese market given that it represented 16% of total company revenue in 2019.