Walt Disney (DIS) Stock Receives Rating Initiation at Credit Suisse

NEW YORK (TheStreet) --The Walt Disney Co. (DIS) was initiated with an "outperform" rating and $130 price target at Credit Suisse on Wednesday morning.

The firm said it began coverage on the family entertainment, media, and movie company as it believes Disney will benefit from the shift toward digital platforms.

"Disney's content assets and unique exploitation model put the company in a strong position to benefit from consumption shifts to digital platforms," Credit Suisse said in an analyst note.

"The valuation is at 10-year highs, but we see the multiple as being well supported by improving returns and strong earnings momentum," the firm continued.

Additionally, on Tuesday Disney unveiled a new line of wearable toys based around its Marvel comic book characters that have the ability to interact with each other and other products, Bloomberg reported.

Disney made the new product announcement at a briefing in Los Angeles. Hasbro (HAS) will make and distribute the toys, which will be available beginning in October in five-piece starter packs priced at $120.

Shares of Disney are up by 0.68% to $111.50 in pre-market trading this morning. 

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DISNEY (WALT) CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DISNEY (WALT) CO (DIS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • DIS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • DISNEY (WALT) CO has improved earnings per share by 13.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, DISNEY (WALT) CO increased its bottom line by earning $4.25 versus $3.38 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.08 versus $4.25).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Media industry average. The net income increased by 10.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,917.00 million to $2,108.00 million.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, DISNEY (WALT) CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $2,918.00 million or 15.47% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, DISNEY (WALT) CO has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 15.23%.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DIS Ratings Report

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