Goldman Sachs Upgrades Baidu (BIDU) to Buy, $220 Price Target

February 24, 2014 8:29 AM EST
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Goldman Sachs upgraded Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) from Neutral to Buy with a price target of $220.00 (from $160.00).

"Its investments in the past years, while costly, have earned Baidu a leading position in map services and location-based technology," analyst Piyush Mubayi said. "According to CNIT-Research, Baidu Map had 54% share of the mobile user traffic in October 2013 (daily queries: 3.5bn), 2.5X of its closest competitor AutoNavi. Baidu's map product is expanding beyond the traditional navigational features, becoming a comprehensive information platform that covers users' daily needs for dining, shopping and transportation services. Moreover, mobile search monetization is progressing fast. By 4Q13, we estimate that 20% of Baidu’s search revenues will come from mobile, leading to operating leverage against a relatively fixed cost structure."

The analyst estimates that Baidu will achieve 39% non-GAAP operating margin in 2014E, -2pp yoy, mainly due to marketing Baidu Map, pre-installing Baidu search app on new smartphones, and incubating subsidiaries (iQiyi, Qunar, etc.).

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Shares of Baidu closed at $172.66 yesterday.

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