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Sony Splinters Apart -- Which Could Be a Good Thing

Stocks in this article: SNE CBS

This is realism; in Japan, it passes for progress.

A year ago, when analyst Brian Weiser suggested Sony sell Sony Pictures to CBS (CBS), he estimated the studio's value at $10 billion. The Sony brand remains valuable.

The gaming franchise is also valuable, especially in Japan. Sony smartphones are selling, and Sony is not abandoning the tablet market. At its present price the market cap of Sony is about $16.5 billion. The value of the profitable pieces of the company would appear, to some analysts, to be more than that.

This may be why, of 20 analysts following the stock, six still rate it a buy and the average rating is "overweight." Hope springs eternal when a company has assets with value.

Sony has assets with value. Whether Kazuo Hirai will ever realize that value has been the question.

Based on the latest news, Hirai is moving in that direction, which can't be anything but positive. After two years in charge at Sony, Hirai seems to have finally figured out what he can do, what he can't do, and the difference between the two.

If that realism in the executive suite can be turned into more decisive action, maybe there is hope for Sony yet.

 

At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

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