Sterne Agee Not Overly Excited About New Activist in Boyd Gaming (BYD)

March 11, 2014 10:36 AM EDT
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Sterne Agee analyst David Bain is sticking with a Neutral rating and $9.50 price target on Boyd Gaming (NYSE: BYD) amid news activist fund Elliot Associates showed a new stake in the company and speculation they may push for value creation in the form of a REIT structure.

Bain noted the following: 1. Boyd Family ownership is ~30%. REITs typically adopt ownership documents that person shall beneficially own or constructively own more than 9.9% in value of a public REIT. The Boyd family would need to sell down its stake; 2. BYD has $1.1b of NOLs. Some have argued an equity revaluation upward outweighs its NOL value. However, to dismiss visible tax savings of this magnitude to enter into a REIT structure may prove speculative, depending on forward market conditions; 3. BYD leverage is over ~6x. While an equity deal is possible down the road, we find this difficult to be an appetizing solution – again, depending on forward market conditions (speculative).

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Shares of Boyd Gaming closed at $11.80 yesterday.

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