Canaccord Genuity Previews LinkedIn (LNKD) Q4

February 5, 2013 3:47 PM EST
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Canaccord Genuity reiterated its Buy rating and $140 price target on LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) into Q4 results due on Thursday, February 7, 2013 after the market closes.

The firm said while LinkedIn's premium valuation is "well-deserved" it gives them pause into earnings, although they believe its competitive position and business momentum are very strong.

Potential positives highlighted by the analyst: "continued ramp in member engagement from new and better products/features; our expectation for a 23-point deceleration in 2013 revenue growth from 82% to 59% appears very reasonable, as does flattish Q4 margin expectation on ~11% sequential revenue growth."

Potential negatives highlighted by the analyst: "consensus expectations for Q1 margins may be aggressive; member growth is decelerating meaningfully (although in line with our model); 2013 needs to show considerable leverage (330 bps of EBITDA margin expansion from Q4/12 to Q4/13) to hit consensus.

"We like the stock into earnings on the fundamental outlook. If the stock repeats Q3’s performance (good numbers and a pull-back on valuation), we would be buyers."

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Shares of LinkedIn closed at $123.30 yesterday.

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