|Bid||52.26 x 1400|
|Ask||52.33 x 1200|
|Day's Range||52.23 - 52.47|
|52 Week Range||41.91 - 61.02|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.01|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||11.03|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.26 (0.55%)|
|1y Target Est||63.58|
Huawei, General Electric, Target, Google, Sony and AT&T are the companies to watch.
E3 2019 brought us plenty of news about cloud gaming. Here's where the major playings including Google, Microsoft, and Sony stack up.
(Bloomberg) -- Dan Loeb is back trying to whip Sony Corp. into shape, but he’s drawing fire this time around after reversing course from his prior thesis.Loeb’s Third Point last week revealed a $1.5 billion stake in the Tokyo-based company and advocated for a spin off of its chip business to finance deeper expansion in entertainment, including games and movies. That’s the opposite of what he championed in 2013, when he called on executives to sell a part of their film division.“Loeb advocated for moving away from entertainment, but Sony is thriving today precisely because they went in the opposite direction," said Masahiko Ishino, an analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Center, referring to both movies and games. "Amid trade wars, losing chips would be a negative in terms of Japan’s national security. It’s not something that needs to be done right now."The cool reception came as Sony stakeholders gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday for the company’s annual general meeting. Loeb’s proposals are not up for a vote, although analysts said he will likely be a main topic of conversations among shareholders. Sony declined to comment on the Third Point proposal, but said it takes all shareholder suggestions seriously.Chief Executive Officer Kenichiro Yoshida repeated that message Tuesday, saying management is constantly studying how to increase long-term shareholder value. “That includes deliberations about how to structure our portfolio of businesses,” he said.Loeb laid out his thesis personally to Yoshida last week in New York. The CEO mostly listened and didn’t rebuff the activist in terms of valuation or feasibility of implementing the proposals, giving Third Point more confidence to move ahead.The hedge fund sees Sony as a different company from six years ago, which is why its focus has changed from shunning entertainment to embracing it. Sensing an opening with Yoshida’s more investor-friendly approach, Loeb is trying again with what he believes he can realistically achieve. The next step is getting a formal reaction from management.Analysts almost universally applauded his effort last week to reduce Sony’s so-called "conglomerate discount," or the idea that its many disparate businesses -- from entertainment to chips to finance -- are collectively undervalued and would benefit from being split apart. But they questioned whether Third Point’s proposals are realistic or make strategic sense.For one, some are not convinced that a standalone chip unit can finance the large investments necessary for growth and said it’s better done as part of a bigger group, which can offset temporary losses. They also argued that the unit currently enjoys strong synergy with Sony’s other product divisions and should be integrated more closely rather than spun out.“We think that spinning off the semiconductor business could in fact reduce its actual value,” Yasuo Nakane and Kenichi Saita, analysts at Mizuho Financial Group Inc., wrote in a report. “The semiconductor subsidiary’s technological assets and intellectual properties are inseparable from the electronics products and solutions.”Others questioned Loeb’s estimate for how much a standalone chips unit could fetch at a time when global phone sales are shrinking and the U.S. is waging war on one of Sony’s largest customers, Huawei Technologies Co.“We think Third Point’s US$33-39bn valuation is too high,” wrote Macquarie Group analysts Damian Thong and Hiroshi Taguchi, who currently value the chips division at $11 billion. "But there is wide scope for price discovery above the current embedded value."Then there’s the issue of Sony’s historically stubborn management. Yoshida has so far side-stepped calls to sell or spin off businesses. Instead, he has carried out two record buybacks this year, pleasing investors and preempting calls for more drastic change. And at $1.5 billion, Loeb’s new stake represents about a third of the 6.5% of voting shares he accumulated in 2013.“Third Point’s key proposals about the divestiture of Sony Financial and spin-off of the semiconductor business are unlikely to be easily accepted by management," wrote CLSA analyst Amit Garg. Still, he said the company could yield given that the buybacks "have failed, with the stock remaining at depressed multiples."Loeb is probably not helping his case by saying that sell-side analysts are part of the problem. In his presentation, he said a lack of familiarity with Sony’s many different businesses results in analysts applying discounts to divisions they’re unfamiliar with, contributing to a lower valuation for the entire company.“The lack of entertainment sector expertise among Sony’s sell‐side analysts may explain the wide skew in valuation methodologies, multiples, and target prices,” Third Point wrote in its presentation last week. "We sympathize with the challenge they face: maintaining an up‐to‐date, informed view on a diverse range of industries, most of which are outside their core expertise."(Updates with CEO’s comment from the fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from 院去信太郎 and Kurt Schussler.To contact the reporter on this story: Yuji Nakamura in Tokyo at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at email@example.com, Peter ElstromFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Take Two Interactive scored positive press and analyst coverage for its showing at the E3 video game show last week. One analyst on Monday raised his price target on Take Two Interactive stock.
“Men in Black: International” and “Shaft” were just the latest sequels to fall short of industry expectations this weekend over a summer of disappointments.
Welcome to the latest episode of the Full-Court Finance podcast from Zacks Investment Research where Associate Stock Strategist Ben Rains dives into what we know about Google (GOOGL) and Microsoft's (MSFT) cloud gaming plans
Movies do go well with chips, at least for Sony. its semiconductor business, six years after pressing the company to spin off part of its entertainment business. Mr Loeb’s hedge fund Third Point has once again invested in Sony via a $1.5bn stake.
Evercore ISI analyst Kirk Materne was arguably overselling it when he suggested stepping into a Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) position because of its opportunity to grow within the video gaming industry. There are plenty of other better reasons to own MSFT stock. Indeed, video games remain a relatively small part of the software giant's total businessSource: Shutterstock Nevertheless, his point is well taken. For all that Microsoft has already done to carve out its piece of the video game market, what's coming in 2020 could actually be game-changing.Rival Sony (NYSE:SNE) has also already hinted at its planned next entry in the race, with its next-generation PlayStation console sporting some impressive specs. Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is entering the fray too, skipping the development of a console altogether and remotely handling all the heavy-duty game processing from the cloud. Next year may well be the year, however, one company puts its finger directly on the pulse of what the video-gaming market wants.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Project ScarlettIn terms the average teenage gamer would understand, the next generation of Microsoft's Xbox series looks like it's going to be a "beast." Powered by Zen 2 and Radeon-based graphics hardware from Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), the console coming out late next year will offer 8K graphics and frame rates up to 120 per second. It's a level of visual detail that borders on perfection. The still-unnamed console, simply called Project Scarlett for now, will also utilize solid state drives. * 7 Stocks to Buy for the Coming Recession All told, Microsoft described the in-development console as being four times as powerful as the Xbox One X, which is the latest commercially available choice in its franchise.The specs largely mirror those Sony touted for its next-gen PlayStation, which should become available late next year as well. Microsoft is arguably doing more to bring more gamers into its ecosystem though. Namely, the company is beefing up its game-streaming offering.Although subject to a name change, what's being called xCloud for the time being will allow players to stream games from their consoles to other devices including phones and tablets.At the same time, Microsoft as adding another tier to its existing Game Pass service. Called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is primarily a combination of Xbox Live Gold and the familiar Game pass. The new product works for PC as well as console games.And yet, as forward-thinking as Microsoft's gaming endeavors may be, the company is also backwards-minded … as in compatibility.Although it didn't clarify exactly what constitutes a "generation," the company's presentation at this year's E3 event said "Thousands of games across four console generations will look and play best on Project Scarlett." In other words, older game discs that wouldn't normally be playable on new hardware will now be playable on new consoles, relieving gamers who don't wish to rebuild an entirely new gaming library. Effect on MSFT StockEven if Project Scarlett is a smash hit, it's not likely to decidedly buoy the value of MSFT stock. It's certainly not going to hurt though.In its infancy, Microsoft's Xbox was seen as more of an experiment than a profit center. Built to utilize its DirectX coding that couldn't be fully realized with personal computers, it's unlikely that when the first Xbox was sold in 2001, the organization ever thought it would become the success it's become.But, gaming is still only a small part of Microsoft's total business.While it's difficult to ferret out details, last fiscal year (ending in June), the company's "More Personal Computing" division generated $42.7 billion, or 38% of its top line of $110.4 billion. That division, however, also includes sales of its Windows operating system, Windows commercial and cloud product, search engine revenue, and revenue from sales of its Surface line of tablets. That's a lot of different business lines making up a relatively modest piece of the revenue pie. * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 To its credit, the More Personal Computing division's sales improved 8% last year, and last quarter's gaming revenue grew 7%. Xbox software and service revenue was up 15% on a constant currency basis, more or less lining up with the 9% improvement in sales for the entire division. But, gaming just doesn't offer enough firepower on its own to meaningfully move the dial for the company.The nickels and dimes still add up. Bottom Line for MSFT StockWhile not solid enough reason to step into a stake, the fact that video gaming isn't a game-changer for Microsoft doesn't mean MSFT stock isn't worth owning. It is. The company is absolutely crushing it with its cloud business, and Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives recently touted the idea that it was closing the gap on Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) by virtue of winning "larger and more strategic" enterprise-level cloud business. Its business productivity and networking platforms are on a roll as well.But gaming? For better or worse, video games are a low-impact business for the software icon and Microsoft stock investors.As of this writing, James Brumley did held a long position in Alphabet. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 10 Stocks to Buy That Wall Street Expects to Soar for the Rest of 2019 * 7 Value Stocks That Are Flying Under the Radar * 6 Mouth-Watering Fast Food Stocks for Growth Investors Compare Brokers The post Next-Gen Xbox Won't Launch Microsoft Stock, But It Doesn't Need To appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Sony is a "one-of-a-kind" company, with exposure to gaming (43% of profits), semiconductors (20%), music (16%) and pictures/movies (8%), the presentation said. The Street isn't giving Sony sufficient credit for growing profits under CEO Kenichiro Yoshida, the presentation said.
Times have changed, and the public is less excited about product announcements than they were a decade ago.
Activist investor Dan Loeb still thinks (6758) should spin off part of its business. Loeb told investors his Third Point hedge fund has built a $1.5 billion stake in Sony in a letter on Thursday night, unveiling a proposal for the company to spin off its semiconductors division. American depositary receipts on Sony (ticker: SNE), which is listed in Tokyo, were up 3.2% in early trading Friday.
is engaging in dialogue with Third Point and its founder, Daniel Loeb, amid the activist hedge fund's second push for the Japanese electronics and entertainment company to spin off its semiconductor business, the Financial Times reported. In a letter to its investors circulated Thursday, Third Point said that from its vantage point Sony's stock is undervalued and that the company's portfolio needs to be less complicated. The firm said it has invested $1.5 billion in building an equity position in Sony.
Sony’s shares rose 3.1% in Tokyo after Loeb’s Third Point published a letter and 102-page presentation pushing for changes at the Japanese media and electronics giant, including sales of its insurance business and stakes in companies like Spotify Technology SA. If the company spins off the semiconductor business and executes on its long-term vision, the newly independent entity could be worth $35 billion within five years, according to the New York-based hedge fund firm.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Dan Loeb wants to split up Sony Corp.In a seven-page letter and 100-slide presentation, Third Point LLC’s founder and CEO outlined what Sony’s shares have been saying for years: The company is worth more than the sum of its parts.Any Sony investor ought to share the frustration of Third Point, which owns a $1.5 billion stake. After posting losses for six out of seven years, Sony just notched its fourth consecutive annual profit (up 87% in the year through March 31). While this turnaround lifted shares, they’ve remained largely stagnant since the end of October 2017, when PlayStation demand spurred a fourfold increase in quarterly operating profit.The company’s return on common equity went from negative 5.5% in fiscal 2015 to 27.3% in the most recent year, while its return on invested capital has expanded almost fivefold in the past two years. Yet the shares are trading at a mere 12.6 times estimated forward 12-month earnings, below the 18.6 times for Nintendo Co. and 14.9 times for Canon Inc.(1)To that end, Loeb’s latest push for change at the Japanese electronics giant includes a request to spin off the semiconductor business and keep core Sony focused on gaming, music and pictures. The mechanics are deceptively simple, and thanks to new tax laws in Japan, potentially quite lucrative.Sony needn’t run an IPO in the traditional sense of selling some shares in one of its divisions. Instead, it can split into two listed companies: New Sony and Sony Technologies. The latter would house the chip business, and every existing Sony shareholder would get an equivalent stake in both. To do this, management would need to admit something that’s been clear for a decade: Sony messed up.Twenty years ago, the company was poised to become what Apple Inc. is today. Back then, Sony owned the portable music market. It invented the Walkman, and when CDs came along it brought out the Discman. The advent of digital music, a catalog of its own, and a range of components to put it all together meant that Sony should have invented the iPod and iTunes. But it didn’t. And, as Steve Jobs proved, you don’t need to own the various parts to dominate the whole. And yet Sony has held on to these disparate parts far longer than it should have.In my view, Sony should keep all of its various divisions together if, and only if, there are demonstrable synergies. Samsung Electronics Co. proves that such synergies aren’t only possible but extremely valuable. The South Korean company’s ownership of displays, memory chips and semiconductor manufacturing allows it to keep churning out the best smartphones every year (that is, when they don’t explode). Yet Loeb’s strategy doesn’t adequately address what Sony should do after that. Third Point mentions that post split, New Sony would have room to raise debt, given its inefficient balance sheet, should it need to make acquisitions. It already has $25 billion in total cash, and net cash of $3.6 billion while free cash flow last year was $8.6 billion.Third Point notes that Sony has the capacity for $34 billion in buybacks over the next three years while keeping net leverage(2) under 1 times. Unfortunately the two buybacks it already announced this year, for a total of 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion), have done little to boost the stock. Perhaps share performance was muted by the tough macroeconomic environment, especially in tech. If that’s the case, then it’s worth noting that a global slowdown and continued U.S.-China tensions aren’t likely to disappear anytime soon. The case for a reorganization is compelling and shouldn’t be ignored. But both Loeb and Sony management need to spend more time working out what to do with the New Sony.(1) Third Point notes that one reason for a split would be to allow the new entities to be better compared against appropriate peer groups.(2) Third Point defines net leverage as net debt/Ebitda.To contact the author of this story: Tim Culpan at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Rachel Rosenthal at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tim Culpan is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering technology. He previously covered technology for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
This marks the second time in six years that Loeb, one of the world's highest-profile activist investors, has targeted the Japanese electronics maker - although last time he pushed for a radically different shake-up, pressing for a spin-off of entertainment assets. Reuters reported in April that Third Point was once again targeting Sony.
Daniel Loeb's activist hedge fund Third Point LLC called on Sony Corp on Thursday to spin off its semiconductor business and sell off stakes in Sony Financial and other units, in order to position itself as a leading global entertainment company. This marks the second time in six years that Loeb, one of the world's highest-profile activist investors, has targeted the Japanese electronics maker - although last time he pushed for a radically different shake-up, pressing for a spin-off of entertainment assets.
US activist investor Daniel Loeb has called on Sony to spin off its “crown jewel” image sensor business to unlock the Japanese group’s true worth as a global entertainment powerhouse. In a letter to investors on Thursday, Third Point, Mr Loeb’s hedge fund, publicly acknowledged for the first time that it had reinvested in Sony through a $1.5bn stake. In this week’s letter, Mr Loeb said Sony’s shares remained heavily undervalued despite its recent turnround due to the complexity of its portfolio including electronics, image sensors used in Apple’s iPhones, games, films, music and financial services.
"The Cloud" has evolved from a budding innovation in tech into one of the largest factors driving growth in the technology sector in only a few years. Check out these three cloud stocks to consider right now.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD ) is credited for its strong product momentum in recent years, which has helped it to challenge Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC )'s pole position. The Analyst ...
Activist investor Daniel Loeb has made another big call for Sony to break up its business. Yahoo Finance's Jen Rogers, Myles Udland and Julia La Roche discuss.