Signs of potential value creation from Facebook new products, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju continues to anticipate the real clearing data point for Facebook shares will arrive on the Q3 report, in which he expects the OpEx/CapEx outlook to signal a return to growth for free cash flow. In the meantime, ahead of Q1 results, his checks continue to suggest minimal deceleration for U.S. budgets coupled with modest headwinds in Europe. Ju also believes there are "greater signs" of potential value creation from new products. The analyst reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares, while raising his price target on the stock to $211 from $210, as he believes Facebook will be able to drive long-term revenue growth without a material lift in ad loads with, the Street models continue to underestimate the long-term monetization potential of other billion-user properties like Messenger and WhatsApp, and free cash flow growth recovery for 2020.