Beverly Hills, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/25/2014 -- Laureate BVI has reiterated its buy on Facebook (FB) with a new 12-month target price of US$80 per share, the new valuation is based on the latest quarter which showed increased revenue growth of 63% overall but 306% growth for mobile unit.
Laureate initially issued a buy recommendation to their clients on Facebook (FB) on 05/01/2013 when the stock was at US$27.50. Laureate has generated a 162% return in Facebook (FB) in the last 9 months and continue to rate the stock a buy.
Revenue and advertising growth accelerated significantly, mobile revenue was up 306% year-over-year and pricing for ads increased 92% year-over-year, according to Laureate BVI.
Laureate BVI CEO Peter Tasca says, “We are extremely impressed by the mobile ad sales of US$1.2 billion for the quarter, this will only gain more momentum with the newly acquired 450 million subscribers of WhatsApp.”
Another positive development is the 70% increase in Messenger usage in the last three months. CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated, “Standalone mobile apps like Messenger and Instagram are important to Facebook.”
“We estimate that Facebook will have over 1 billion users of WhatsApp Messenger by 2016, they are adding 1 million users per day, this is a very useful tool because you can text and make calls for free anywhere in the world” said Tasca.
Gowth is always an issue with Facebook due to its size, but it appears they are managing the growth and all the units are increasing revenue. The monetization model in place is working and we see the stock at US$80 based on our 2015 estimates, according to Laureate.
Laureate reports that Facebook has a long term buy because it is building a community. It is now a mobile app that allows you to talk to friends, colleagues or family members and share experiences.
There are currently 500 million people using Facebook groups and over 400 million photos uploaded daily.
We have advised Laureate Clients that we are cautious on adding to our position at this level but are evaluating entry points on any type of market sell-off, are main concern is managing the profits.
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