Facebook Q1 ad revenue to be at least in-line, says William Blair
William Blair analyst Ralph Schackart says his conversations with investors and industry participants indicate at least an in-line Q1 on advertising revenue for Facebook. The Street estimate is $11.26B, up 43% year-over-year. Despite the recent privacy concerns, conversations with industry participants indicate that they have not experienced any major advertiser spending pullback so far, Schackart tells investors in a research note. Further, he notes that the concerns surfaced near the end of the quarter, so any potential effects from privacy concerns likely will not be materially reflected in the Q1 report. Schackart believes Facebook shares have upside to about $205 over the next 12 months based on multiple expansion or shares growing in line with EBITDA growth. He keeps an Outperform rating on the name.