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CBS 'concerned' about leadership in possible Viacom merger, CNBC reports

CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIAB) are expected to begin seriously discussing a merger next week after CBS's board meets tomorrow, but there is concern on the part of the CBS board about taking Viacom's management team and paying a premium for Viacom given the company's history of underperformance, CNBC's Alex Sherman reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Shari Redstone, the controlling shareholder of both CBS and Viacom, prefers Viacom CEO Bob Bakish become the CEO of the combined companies, according to the report. While current CEO Joe Ianniello is well-liked at CBS, his ties to former CEO Les Moonves may hurt his chances to stay at a combined company, the people add. Reference Link

CBS

CBS

$49.33

1 (2.07%)

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1.09 (2.26%)

VIA

Viacom

$34.47

0.89 (2.65%)

VIAB

Viacom

$29.66

0.73 (2.52%)

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CBS CBS
$49.33

1 (2.07%)

04/08/19
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04/08/19
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Target $59
LOOP
Buy
CBS Q1 to be impacted by higher content costs, says Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Alan Gould kept his Buy rating and $59 price target on CBS (CBS), saying that while he is lowering his Q1 earnings outlook by 3c to $1.37 due to higher programming costs at Showtime, he is keeping a positive view on the stock given its valuation of just 9-times forward earnings. The analyst adds that CBS and Viacom (VIAB) may reopen merger talks with the AT&T renewal having been completed.
04/22/19
LOOP
04/22/19
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Target $65
LOOP
Buy
CBS price target raised to $65 from $59 at Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Alan Gould raised his price target on CBS (CBS) to $65 and kept his Buy rating, saying the stock represents the "most attractive opportunity in large-cap media." The analyst expects the resolution around the appointment of a permanent CEO by the company to lead to CBS entering merger talks with Viacom (VIAB) within 60 days, even though the board appears to be having a "difficult time attracting outside candidates due to the uncertainty of a potential merger," with its initial March 31st target date to conclude its CEO search now having passed.
05/06/19
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05/06/19
NO CHANGE
Target $60
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Outperform
CBS price target lowered to $60 from $72 at Barrington
Barrington analyst James Goss lowered his price target on CBS shares to $60 from $72, stating that following the company's Q1 report he believes CBS "remains steadily on a path it charted out several years ago" but he thinks a more conservative multiple is appropriate given the industry "turmoil and transformation" as well as management uncertainty. He keeps an Outperform rating on CBS shares, citing the company's high-margin retransmission revenue and success in the creation of new OTT ventures.
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05/30/19
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CBS upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
CBS.A
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VIA Viacom
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0.89 (2.65%)

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Fly Intel: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James with analyst David Long saying the retirement of CEO Tim Sloan removes a "headwind." 2. Viacom (VIA, VIAB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Loop Capital with analyst Alan Gould citing the company's loss of its biggest distributor AT&T (T) having been de-risked which, he believes, raises the likelihood of a Viacom merger with CBS (CBS). 3. F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray with analyst James Fish saying after underperforming the tech sector and the market over the last six months by ~20%, some of the main downside share catalysts have played out. 4. Mosaic (MOS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse with analyst Chris Parkinson citing modest downside to Chinese cash operating costs, lower immediate-term ammonia and sulfur costs, evidence of near-term volume discipline, the emphasis on long-term cost reduction programs and balance sheet stability. 5. KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura Instinet with analyst Bill Carcache saying he believes the shares are near a fair valuation. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
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04/01/19
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Target $18
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Buy
Chicken Soup may now be one of hottest small properties in media, says Benchmark
Benchmark analyst Daniel Kurnos said Chicken Soup for the Soul (CSSE) "shocked" by announcing a joint venture with Sony (SNE) and "may have just become one of the hottest small properties in the media landscape" in the process. Kurnos believes that the new Crackle Plus will top Pluto TV from a content, monthly average user and total registered user standpoint, noting that Pluto was just sold to Viacom (VIAB) for $340M. Following the JV announcement, the analyst raised his price target on Chicken Soup shares to $18 from $16 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
04/04/19
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Outperform
Viacom upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Steven Cahall upgraded Viacom to Outperform from Sector Perform.
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Fly Intel: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley with analyst Simeon Gutman saying he believes activist intervention presents the potential for upside for the stock in the near-term. 2. Snap (SNAP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Summit Insights. 3. Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna. 4. Weyerhaeuser (WY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens with analyst Mark Connelly saying the stock, which is generally viewed as an income play, has sold off on rate concerns and slower starts. 5. Viacom (VIA, VIAB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital with analyst Steven Cahall saying the company's "less contentious" than feared DirecTV (T) deal improves its standing and "paves the way toward merger talks" with CBS (CBS). This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
VIAB Viacom
$29.66

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Target $36

Outperform
Viacom upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
As previously reported, RBC Capital analyst Steven Cahall upgraded Viacom (VIAB) to Outperform from Sector Perform and raised his price target to $36 from $31, saying the company's "less contentious" than feared DirecTV (T) deal improves its standing and "paves the way toward merger talks" with CBS (CBS). The analyst sees an implied upside for Viacom stock at over 30% on the CBS deal prospects and believes that investors should own both to hedge the exchange ratio risk of the potential transaction.

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