Netflix drowns in subscriber losses

Wall Street Brokers arrived on Thursday in a positive opinion on Netflix Inc., rummaging that a strong content for the rest of 2019 would overturn second-quarter losses in US subscribers that the stock price fell.

Netflix shares fell about 11% in concerns over its revenue report on Wednesday showing lower growth and signs of trouble at the US base ahead of Walt Disney Co, longing for the launch of a rival service later this year.

Netflix, the price-pricing ratio is by far the largest of the five major US technology companies making up the so-called FAANG group, has quadrupled in value since 2015 but at $ 321 per share is below $ 100 from May 2018. FAANG’s other companies are Facebook Inc, Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc.

The April-June period tends to be seasonally low for Netflix in the United States, where warm weather and longer days keep viewers out.

Cowen & Co brokers said Netflix had lost expectations for second quarter subscribers three times in the last four years. This year, however, California-based Los Gatos set a series of aggressive price increases and lost US subscribers for the first time in eight years.

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said “They raised prices in the US at an average of $ 2 a month, and most subscribers learned about their growth over the second quarter.”

“I think it was a much bigger driver than a lack of content.”

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Ten Wall Street banks cut stock price targets to reflect Thursday’s decline, but did not reduce stock, which is still seen by a majority of Wall Street firms as a business with potential growth growth and a “buyout” clear.

The relatively small price drop in companies of $ 12.6 billion junk bonds confirmed the view that the results of the second quarter are a blip. While all of Netflix’s debt weakened on Thursday, the biggest price moves were only 2.5%, as per the 6,375% bond that would be in May 2029 worth $ 800 million, according to Refinishing Data .

“We are not concerned, we are still keeping our forecasts,” said Neil Begley, vice president of Moody’s Investors Service.

The confidence of the Netflix credit market has allowed it to borrow at very cheap rates to fund the creation and purchase of content. This is unlikely to change based on disappointing results of the second quarter, Begley said.

Netflix bond prices do not fall as much as to attract bargain hunters. “I would be looking for a base point 300 spread or more into a new 10-year deal as a fair value.

The spread in relation to the bond of 6.375 percent in 2029 is about 275, he noted, “so I would like a base point 325 to spread to interest.”

While the competition will be heated with the upcoming launches of Apple TV and Disney +, some analysts said Netflix’s global achievement is likely to give an edge.

Netflix added just 2.83 million paid international subscribers, compared to the 4.8 million Roads expectations, but now it has 151.6 million worldwide, extinguishing its closest rivals Amazon Prime and HBO.

“By 2025, based on Disney’s projections, Netflix seems to spend at least five times more on Disney’s content,” said Pivotal Research Group analyst Jeff Wlodarczak.

“I also think that Disney + is likely to help accelerate customers from traditional Pay TVs to OTT (content on an internet connection) which should benefit Netflix.”

The company raised prices in Britain, Switzerland, Greece and Western Europe during the quarter, testing the waters in some of its wealthiest markets at a time when it still spends massively more money than it gains in winning the content battle.

Netflix started the third quarter with the release of “Stranger Things” hit by the blows of the 1980s and will follow with the new seasons of “Orange is Black New” and “The Crown”, as well as Martin Scorsese impatient ” Irish “.

“We will note that Netflix’s shortages have been followed by strong quarters, and along these lines, we expect Netflix’s strong 2H list to grow,” analysts say./Investing.com

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