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CHTR

Charter

$370.26

3.36 (0.92%)

, S

Sprint

$8.22

0.02 (0.24%)

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Charter offer would likely have to be at least $500 per share, says JPMorgan

JPMorgan analyst Philip Cusick believes SoftBank (SFTBY) is one of the few companies that could offer a big enough price to take control of Charter Communications (CHTR). While a deal is not very likely, Softbank Chairman Masayoshi Son "is never to be counted out as a buyer," Cusick tells investors in a research note. He believes a Charter acquisition offer would likely have to be in the $500 per share or higher range. Charter shares in premarket trading are up $31.74 to $402 after the Wall Street Journal reported Friday night that SoftBank has interest in merging the company with Sprint. Cusick estimates annual synergies between Sprint (S) and Charter could be around $2B, with minimal cost to integrate versus a Sprint and T-Mobile (TMUS) merger "which would have more eventual cost savings but cost much more to integrate." A Sprint and Charter deal would not have a difficult regulatory review, the analyst believes. Cusick adds that if Charter looked like it was going to sell to Softbank, Comcast (CMCSA) would have to decide if it ever did want to buy Charter and "move more quickly with an even bigger premium."

CHTR

Charter

$370.26

3.36 (0.92%)

S

Sprint

$8.22

0.02 (0.24%)

SFTBY

SoftBank

$41.52

-0.28 (-0.67%)

TMUS

T-Mobile

$61.78

0.16 (0.26%)

CMCSA

Comcast

$39.52

0.09 (0.23%)

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CHTR Charter
$370.26

3.36 (0.92%)

05/10/17
DBAB
05/10/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $32
DBAB
Sell
Viacom downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Bryan Kraft downgraded Viacom (VIAB) to Sell after learning Charter (CHTR) re-tiered the company's most popular networks to its TV Gold package, its most expensive video tier, and into its Digi Tier. The analyst expects this to dive more revenue pressure at Viacom and cut his price target for the shares to $32 from $35.
06/01/17
OPCO
06/01/17
INITIATION
OPCO
Perform
Charter initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan initiated Charter with a Perform rating saying free cash flow growth is reflected in valuation.
06/08/17
MOFT
06/08/17
NO CHANGE
MOFT
Charter spectrum values likely falling, says MoffettNathanson
MoffettNathanson said spectrum values are likely falling rather than rising, and investors are likely overestimating what buyers are willing to pay, a negative for current spectrum owners. The firm's analyst said Charter is likely a long-term acquirer, but near-term acquisitions are unlikely given the integrations of Time Warner Cable and Bright House.
06/27/17
JEFF
06/27/17
NO CHANGE
JEFF
Jefferies sees Sprint takeover by Comcast, Charter as less likely
Jefferies analyst Mike McCormack says this morning's Wall Street Journal report exclusive talks between Sprint (S) and Comcast (CMCSA)/Charter (CHTR) is not surprising. He believes the cable operators are looking for better MVNO terms and that an outright acquisition or equity stake is less likely. The report provides an indication of just how far apart Sprint and T-Mobile (TMUS) may be in any discussions, McCormack tells investors in a research note. The exclusive talks may also push T-Mobile closer to DISH (DISH), the analyst adds.
S Sprint
$8.22

0.02 (0.24%)

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BTIG
05/30/17
NO CHANGE
BTIG
Verizon shares could rise to $51 but outlook still mixed, says BTIG
BTIg analyst Walter Piecyk believes that Verizon's (VZ) stock can rise to $51. He notes that the company's wireless "margins and churn are still near record levels," while Sprint's (S) CEO expects prices for unlimited data plans to rise. Additionally, the analyst believes that the chances of Verizon making "a large dilutive acquisition" have decreased, while Verizon would benefit from a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile (TMUS). However, the analyst lowered his estimates for Verizon ,and he thinks that the company's dividend could be at risk over the longer term. Moreover, he warns that the stock could come under pressure if the T-Mobile/Sprint merger falls through, while a new , "well-funded" competitor could enter the wireless space. He keeps a Neutral rating on Verizon.
05/15/17
COWN
05/15/17
NO CHANGE
Target $70
COWN
Outperform
Sprint, T-Mobile merger not a sure thing, says Cowen
Cowen analyst Colby Synesael tells investors the near-term risk in both Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) has increased based on the possibility of a deal not happening, the unclear nature of what the deal structure would look like, and the fact that Sprint does not need a deal like it once did. The analyst does not feel a deal between the two is a sure thing. He believes T-Mobile's fundamentals should continue to create shareholder value, while the embedded M&A premium in Sprint shares has created meaningful risk. Synesael rates Sprint Market Perform with a $6.50 target. T-Mobile is rated Outperform with a $70 price target.
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MOFT
05/30/17
NO CHANGE
MOFT
U.S. telecom sector upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MoffettNathanson
MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett upgraded the U.S. telecom sector to Neutral from Sell. As reasons for the upgrade, the analyst cited valuation, lack of near-term negative catalysts, interest rate easing, and a potential merger between Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS). Other stocks in the sector include Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). The firm today upgraded AT&T to Neutral from Sell.
SFTBY SoftBank
$41.52

-0.28 (-0.67%)

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09/12/16
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DBAB
Hold
SoftBank downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Peter Milliken downgraded Softbank (SFTBY) to Hold saying the company's rebuilding efforts should take time. The analyst expects the stock to trade largely in line with Alibaba (BABA), Sprint (S) and the yen over the next 12 months, and he feels much of the upside has already been realized in the first two.
01/23/17
JPMS
01/23/17
NO CHANGE
JPMS
JPMorgan says odds of T-Mobile, Sprint merger have 'increased dramatically'
JPMorgan analyst Philip Cusick believes T-Mobile (TMUS), Sprint (S) and DISH (DISH) are in play and that a combination of any of them could happen. In addition, each of the three companies could become targets for larger wireless players, domestic cable companies, Internet giants and foreign buyers, Cusick tells investors in a research note. He thinks the likelihood for a Sprint and T-Mobile tie-up in the near term has "increased dramatically" since September, from 10% to over 35%, including now a greater than 50% chance of announcement and 70% chance of approval if announced. Parents Softbank (SFTBY) and Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) have increased their preference for a deal in the last six months and that the value of $5B of annual synergies "is enough to smooth over most disagreements on relative value," Cusick contends. He sees the most likely case as Sprint/Softbank buying T-Mobile, but feels a more even merger or even Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile paying a premium to retain a majority of the combined company is possible.
TMUS T-Mobile
$61.78

0.16 (0.26%)

07/20/17
WELS
07/20/17
NO CHANGE
WELS
T-Mobile reported 'very strong' Q2 results, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that T-Mobile reported "very strong" Q2 results as it beat Wells' subscriber, top line, and EBITDA estimates. The firm says the company's wireless business "continues to fire on all cylinders," and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06/08/17
06/08/17
INITIATION

On The Fly: Top five analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. T-Mobile (TMUS) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton. 2. Mesoblast (MESO) initiated with an Overweight at Cantor. 3. Sherwin-Williams (SHW) reinstated with a Conviction Buy at Goldman Sachs. 4. MuleSoft (MULE) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer. 5. Knowles (KN) initiated with a Buy at Dougherty. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
06/08/17
DRXL
06/08/17
INITIATION
Target $80
DRXL
Buy
T-Mobile initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton
Drexel Hamilton initiated T-Mobile with a Buy and an $80 price target saying the company is "shaking up" the industry with its innovative "uncarrier" offerings and expects upside to EBITDA margins as the company adds more subscribers and network coverage.
CMCSA Comcast
$39.52

0.09 (0.23%)

07/26/17
SBSH
07/26/17
NO CHANGE
SBSH
Comcast should acquire Verizon for four reasons, says Citi
Citi analyst Jason Bazinet says Comcast (CMCSA) should acquire Verizon (VZ) for four reasons. Wireless would allow Comcast to extend Internet connectivity beyond the home, the deal would allow the company to push fiber deeper into neighborhoods, Verizon is apt to be the second biggest beneficiary of wireless consolidation, and Comcast could see upside if the tax code changes, Bazinet tells investors in a research note titled "Stars Are Aligning for Comcast + Verizon." The analyst sees the timing for a deal as right given Comcast's history of "trying to acquire assets that have fallen on difficult times" and the potential for a more amendable regulatory landscape under President Trump. Further, 2017 is the first year where Comcast's market capitalization exceeds Verizon's, the analyst adds. He estimates the pro forma combined company would generate $2.1B of annual synergies. Assuming a 20% premium for Verizon's equity, paid via 75% equity and 25% cash, Bazinet estimates Comcast shares would rise to $41. The stock closed yesterday up 28c to $39.75. Bazinet thinks Dish (DISH) could be the biggest loser should Comcast acquire Verizon, and he double downgraded the shares this morning to Sell from Buy.
07/26/17
SBSH
07/26/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $52
SBSH
Sell
Dish downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citi
Citi analyst Jason Bazinet double downgraded Dish (DISH) to Sell from Buy and cut his price target for the shares to $52 from $94. The analyst believes Comcast (CMCSA) should acquire Verizon (VZ), and says such a deal would put "significant pressure" on Dish's equity since Verizon is viewed as the most likely Dish suitor.
07/13/17
TDSI
07/13/17
INITIATION
Target $51
TDSI
Buy
Comcast initiated with a Buy at TD Securities
TD Securities analyst Vince Valentini initiated Comcast with a Buy and a $51 price target.

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