Maxim Group Maintains a 'Buy' on Madison Square Garden (MSG); Raising PT After Clearing Carriage Dispute with Time Warner Cable (TWC)

February 21, 2012 8:54 AM EST
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Maxim Group maintains a 'Buy' on Madison Square Garden (NASDAQ: MSG) price target raised from $36 to $42.

Analyst, John Tinker, said, "MSG’s victory suggests that live sports programming is still essential, in our opinion. MSG, had already been dropped by DISH (Nasdaq: DISH) and looked like an easy target to be dropped by Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC)(NotRated) as a way of keeping programming fee increases down. We are unsure of the terms but regard the intervention by New York Governor Cuomo as a win for MSG. MSG benefitted with the Linsanity story becoming international and viewers blamed TWC if they could not get the service."

"We are raising FY13 (June year-end) EBITDA to $295M (up 34% y/y) based on higher affiliate and advertising revenues, from our prior estimate of $251M. Consensus is ~$286M."

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Shares of Madison Square Garden closed at $32.85 yesterday.

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