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Piper Sandler raises Meta share price target, cites revenue and EBITDA growth

EditorEmilio Ghigini
Published 04/11/2024, 07:46 PM
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On Thursday, Piper Sandler updated its outlook on Meta Platforms Inc. (NASDAQ: NASDAQ:META) shares, increasing the price target to $600 from the previous $525, while maintaining an Overweight rating. The firm is optimistic about the company's financial prospects, citing potential growth in revenue and EBITDA.

The analyst from Piper Sandler expressed confidence in Meta Platforms' performance, projecting a 25% year-over-year increase in first-quarter revenue to $35.7 billion and $19.8 billion in EBITDA. The positive assessment is based on recent checks, which were buoyed by the performance of Advantage+ and, in particular, the Shopping feature. These factors lead to the expectation that revenues could surpass $36 billion.

Impressions are expected to remain consistent with the fourth quarter of 2023, showing a 21% year-over-year growth, with pricing staying relatively stable. The analyst also anticipates the introduction of new operating metrics. Based on these factors, revenue forecasts for the second to fourth quarters have been raised by approximately 1% on average.

For the second quarter, Piper Sandler sets the revenue target for Meta Platforms at between $36 billion and $38.5 billion, marking a 13% to 20% increase from the same period the previous year. The revised price target of $600 reflects the firm's continued endorsement of an Overweight rating for the stock.

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Two noteworthy InvestingPro Tips for Meta Platforms include its status as a prominent player in the Interactive Media & Services industry and the fact that the company holds more cash than debt on its balance sheet. These factors, especially the latter, provide Meta with a level of financial flexibility that may be appealing to investors seeking stability and growth potential.

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