UPDATE: Morgan Stanley Downgrades Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) to Equalweight

July 15, 2021 5:20 PM EDT
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(Updated - July 16, 2021 4:17 AM EDT)

Morgan Stanley analyst Alex Poon downgraded Tencent Music Entertainment Group (NYSE: TME) from Overweight to Equalweight with a price target of $14.00 (from $23.00).

The analyst comments "TME cut to EW and PT to US$14, as we expect music revenue growth to peak in 2021 at 37%,after accelerating for two years,and decelerate in 2022 on 1) declining music ARPPU/MAU,2) a rising paying user base despite our assumption of 6mn net adds per quarter (consensus 5.5mn in 2022e; tracking 5mn in 2021),3) removal of exclusive music licenses, 4) ad revenue growth slowing to <100% YoY in 2H21,and 5) immaterial long-form audio revenue,given TME's low ARPPU strategy and audio ads' low CPM. Our 2022 EPS estimate is 30% below consensus,and we forecast only 6% net profit growth in 2022(consensus: ~40%), due to long-form audio investment, flattish/lower social entertainment revenue,higher opex as % of revenue by 2ppt YoY in 2021E,and deceleration of music revenue growth. TME is trading at 2022e P/S of 3.8x and P/E of 32x,vs. trough levels of 3.5x and 23x. We raise our WACC from 11% to 13% to reflect regulatory concerns for China's internet industry including anti-trust."

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Shares of Tencent Music Entertainment Group closed at $12.72 yesterday.

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