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CBS/NAI announce resolution of governance disputes, Leslie Moonves stepping down

CBS (CBS) announced a settlement agreement with National Amusements, members of the CBS Board of Directors, and related parties. Under the terms of the settlement, which have been approved by the Boards of Directors of CBS and NAI, the parties agreed to dismiss their pending litigation in Delaware. The full Board of CBS has unanimously rescinded the previously announced Class A share dividend, and NAI has amended the Bylaws to undo the previous amendments that it adopted following filing of the Delaware litigation. Concurrently with the settlement, Leslie Moonves will depart as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Chief Operating Officer Joseph Ianniello will serve as President and Acting CEO while the Board conducts a search for a permanent successor. The Chairman position will remain open pending the appointment of a permanent CEO. Moonves and CBS will donate $20M to one or more organizations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace. The donation, which will be made immediately, has been deducted from any severance benefits that may be due Moonves following the Board's ongoing independent investigation led by Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton. Moonves will not receive any severance benefits at this time; any payments to be made in the future will depend upon the results of the independent investigation and subsequent Board evaluation. In keeping with CBS' and NAI's commitment to Board independence, five current independent directors and one NAI-affiliated director have stepped down from the Board, and six new independent directors have been elected to the Board. The ongoing members of the Nominating and Governance Committee have endorsed the new independent directors. The new Board will be comprised of 11 independent directors and 2 NAI-affiliated directors. In addition, NAI confirmed that it has no plans to propose a merger of CBS and Viacom (VIAB) and has agreed that it will make no such proposal for at least two years after the date of the settlement. NAI reaffirmed that it will give good faith consideration to any business combination transaction or other strategic alternative that the independent directors believe are in the best interests of the company and its stockholders.

CBS

CBS

$56.07

1.63 (2.99%)

CBS.A

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VIA

Viacom

$33.20

0.35 (1.07%)

VIAB

Viacom

$28.99

-0.27 (-0.92%)

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CBS CBS
$56.07

1.63 (2.99%)

08/27/18
BMOC
08/27/18
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Target $65
BMOC
Outperform
CBS digital initiatives becoming clearer, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst Daniel Salmon kept his Outperform rating and $65 price target on CBS after his investor meeting with the company's CEO and CFO last week. Salmon says that while his estimates are also unchanged, the discussions added to his visibility around the company's digital initiatives. Specifically, the analyst notes the "multiple drivers underpinning the increase of CBS's DTC subscriber targets, the robust incremental international opportunity for All Access, and a solid advertising growth rooted in premium content".
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09/06/18
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CBS/NAI settlement would likely be slight negative for Viacom, says KeyBanc
KeyBanc analyst Andy Hargreaves notes that several news outlets are reporting that CBS (CBS) and National Amusements are in settlement discussions that would, if completed, end the current litigation and end National Amusements' push to re-merge CBS with Viacom (VIAB) for a period of time. Although details are likely to be critical, the analyst would view this basic outline as a slight positive for CBS and a slight negative for Viacom. Absent a re-merger with CBS, Hargreaves believes a breakup and asset disposal would be the best path to maximize value at Viacom, which National Amusements has shown no interest in to date.
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IMPC
09/07/18
NO CHANGE
Target $71
IMPC
Outperform
CBS agenda put in place by Moonves likely to continue, says Imperial Capital
The likely appointment of Chief Operating Office Joe Ianiello as interim CEO following the departure of Les Mooves, as reported yesterday by CNBC and others, implies that the strategic agenda put in place by Moonves over the past five years will probably continue, Imperial Capital analyst David Miller tells investors in a research note. He notes that if CBS issued $100M in stock from its treasury for Mooves' reported exit package, it would equate to an increase in the diluted share count of 1.92M shares. In theory, though, CBS could simply increase the pace of its buyback in order to counter the dilution, Miller points out. He keeps an Outperform rating on CBS with a $71 price target.
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LOOP
09/07/18
NO CHANGE
Target $60
LOOP
Buy
CBS worth 'at least $60 per share even without CEO Moonves', says Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Alan Gould keeps his Buy rating and $60 price target on CBS (CBS), saying the stock is worth at least that in spite of the press speculation surrounding the board's efforts to replace CEO Les Moonves. The analyst believes that most top executives will stay with the company if Dick Parsons is named Chairman and Joe Ianniello as interim CEO. Gould adds that CBS can earn $6 per share as a stand-alone company and grow earnings at mid-teen rate by expanding its OTT business. The analyst also notes that the stock could be worth "at least in mid-$70's" if a company other than Viacom (VIAB) sought to merge with CBS.
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Viacom (VIA, VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie by analyst Tim Nollen, who told investors that the company has taken a decisive turn in strategy to re-set its distribution relationships and is in the early stages of a turnaround. Nollen believes Viacom can return to growth despite any merger outcome with CBS (CBS) and raised estimates on increased U.S. ad and affiliate revenue growth. 2. Tenet (THC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James by analyst John Ransom to reflect management's efforts to reduce costs and sell assets. Ransom said the company is reducing debt and could generate $400M in annual free cash flow until its NOL runs out. 3. AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna by analyst Pablo Zuanic, who said the recent weakness provided an attractive entry point as the company had a great January to September period of organic growth, he sees deal synergies with SAB, and he believes Q4 was just as good if not better than the same period a year ago. 4. Etsy (ETSY) upgraded to Buy at Roth Capital by analyst Darren Aftahi after a "strong" Q4 and citing growth reacceleration and margin expansion. 5. Verizon (VZ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
VIA Viacom
$33.20

0.35 (1.07%)

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JPMS
08/03/18
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JPMS
Overweight
CBS fundamentals are 'clearly not the issue,' says JPMorgan
Fundamentals are "clearly not the issue" for CBS (CBS) shares as the company continues to deliver or exceed expectations on comp growth, content sales, and over-the-top offerings, JPMorgan analyst Alexia Quadrani tells investors in a post-earnings research note titled "Another Beat and Favorable Outlook But That is Not the Near-Term Story." Unfortunately, the near term focus will remain on potential management changes, a court battle to determine who really controls the strategic direction of the company and how well CBS is positioned longer-term as a standalone or combined with Viacom (VIAB), the analyst adds. As such, the analyst sees CBS shares as range-bound in the near-term. However, over the longer-term, Quadrani believes "it is hard to ignore the obvious disconnect between valuation and the ongoing healthy earnings growth profile for the next few years." She reiterates an Overweight rating on CBS with a $75 price target.
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Fly Intel: Today's top analyst calls on Wall Street
Check out today's top analyst calls from around Wall Street, compiled by The Fly. BOFA CUTS ZILLOW TO NEUTRAL: BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Nat Schindler downgraded Zillow (Z, ZG) to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $60 from $70 following the Q2 report and reduction in guidance. Schindler said the quarter indicated Zillow is taking longer than expected to ramp up the Homes business, Rentals revenue missed and the outlook was cut, and other revenue also missed, indicating the new construction opportunity is also taking longer to materialize. Zillow Class A shares are down about 17% in late morning trading. MORGAN STANLEY SAYS WAYMO COULD BE WORTH $175B: Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak increased his enterprise value estimate for Alphabet's (GOOG, GOOGL) Waymo unit from $75B for ride sharing only to $175B given his analyses for two other emerging business models, logistics and licensing. He believes Waymo remains on track to launch an autonomous ride hailing service in Phoenix this year and believes this business could be worth about $80B over the long-term. Given his view of Waymo being a key part of Alphabet's long-term value, Nowak raised his sum of the parts valuation to $1,550 from $1,400. He has an Overweight rating and $1,325 price target on Alphabet shares. GOLDMAN RAISES NVIDIA TARGET AHEAD OF EARNINGS: Goldman Sachs analyst Toshiya Hari raised his price target for Nvidia (NVDA) to $324 from $310 ahead of quarterly results. Unlike the past 10 quarters where the company handily beat Street estimates and raised guidance, the analyst expects a "noisy" quarter with the focal points being the upcoming product transition in Gaming, the current product transition in Datacenter, weakness in cryptocurrency mining, and potential disruption from the virus attack at TSMC (TSM). That said, Hari noted that his long-term bull thesis on Nvidia remains intact and reiterated a Buy rating on the shares. ARGUS CUTS CBS TO HOLD: Argus analyst Joseph Bonner downgraded CBS (CBS) to Hold from Buy, noting significant downside risks for the company from both the sexual harassment allegations against CEO Moonves and the board's attempts to prevent the Viacom (VIA, VIAB) merger. Bonner noted that if the Moonves allegations are proven true, he would be immediately dismissed, which could end the board's bid to remain independent and thereby inflict damage on the shareholders.
08/09/18
IMPC
08/09/18
NO CHANGE
IMPC
Imperial keeps Underperform rating on Viacom with $25 target
Viacom (VIAB) in Q3 missed on revenue due to a 3% decline in domestic affiliate fees and 3% decline in U.S. advertising, but earnings beat on "very nice cost containment," Imperial Capital analyst David Miller tells investors in a research note. The analyst keeps an Underperform rating on the shares with a $25 price target. The analyst has a "tough time" applying anything north of a 6.0 times enterprise value to EBITDA multiple on fiscal 2019, which a implies $25 per share, given Viacom's lack of appointment programming, lack of sports, and lack of any franchise presence in film with the exception of Mission Impossible and Transformers. Miller admits, though, that an acquisition of Viacom by CBS (CBS) could prove his call wrong.
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