Netflix And Spotify Soar In Ratings, But What's Next for Match Group?

Bumble, Inc. Class A -0.59%
Duolingo, Inc. -2.39%
Match Group, Inc. -0.12%
Netflix, Inc. -9.09%
SPOTIFY TECHNOLOGY S.A. -4.62%

Bumble, Inc. Class A

BMBL

10.18

-0.59%

Duolingo, Inc.

DUOL

200.15

-2.39%

Match Group, Inc.

MTCH

32.18

-0.12%

Netflix, Inc.

NFLX

555.04

-9.09%

SPOTIFY TECHNOLOGY S.A.

SPOT

275.83

-4.62%

More app and entertainment businesses are transitioning from user or payer growth stories to pricing stories.

That's according to KeyBanc analyst Justin Patterson, citing the history of Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX). This goes smoothly when engagement metrics are improving (often due to product and content quality).

Patterson feels most confident about Overweight-rated Netflix (raised price target to $525 from $510) and Spotify Technology SA (NYSE:SPOT) (maintained price target of $255), given proven pricing power and product leadership.

Spotify can sustain at least mid-teens annual revenue growth through pricing (new plans and price increases), subscriber growth, ad monetization, and new verticals.

With Netflix improving its licensed content mix, scaling its ad-supported tier, and competition rationalizing, he expects future price increases could be less disruptive to the business.

Sector Weight-rated Duolingo, Inc (NASDAQ:DUOL) has the conditions for eventual price increases, but can be patient due to current product momentum, Patterson added.

The analyst is more cautious about Overweight rated Match Group, Inc's (NASDAQ:MTCH) growth algorithm and lowered his price target to $48 from $56.

2023 has been a year of pricing optimization at Tinder. As Patterson reviewed the actions taken, he struggled to see why pricing on Plus, Gold, and Platinum increased by >30% in most cases (and considerably more on Plus)

Patterson reiterated his Overweight rating and $20 price target on Bumble Inc (NASDAQ:BMBL), encouraged by its focus on the user experience and experimentation across various product types. 

Patterson now expects a low-teens revenue growth profile for Netflix and raised his 2024 and 2025 EPS by 2% and 3% to $16.71 and $21.01.

The analyst lowered his Match estimates for 2024 and 2025 revenue by <1% and 3% and EBITDA by <1% and 4%.

He left his estimates unchanged for Bumble.

Spotify remains his top pick among his apps and entertainment coverage, and he left his estimates unchanged.

Patterson left his estimates on Duolingo unchanged.

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