Nomura Securities Maintains a 'Buy' on Viacom (VIA); Raising Numbers Despite Drop in Ads

May 4, 2012 12:55 PM EDT
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Nomura Securities maintains a 'Buy' on Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA) price target raised from $55 to $57.

Analyst, Michael Nathanson, said, "We are reducing our advertising projections for Viacom through the rest of the fiscal year. We now project FY12 ad revenues to be down 1.4% Y/Y (vs. -0.5% prev.). We are increasing FY12E affiliate fee growth to 10% (from 9%), including the upside from F2Q and stronger digital revenue in F2H12. We are increasing our FY12E EPS by from $4.00 to $4.34 and maintaining our FY13E EPS estimate at $4.97...Valued at 9.5x CY13E is inexpensive for patient investors. We believe that Viacom is simply too cash-generative, too cheap and too resilient to trade below these levels vs. peers and the market."

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Shares of Viacom closed at $52.59 yesterday.

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