Spanish Small & Midcaps: Atresmedia


Atresmedia: still growth on the cards in 2017

Despite the slowdown in advertising during the last few months of 2016, total investment has hardly varied from what we expected at the start of the year. For 2017, the forecasts for private consumption indicate that the Spanish advertising market will continue to grow. We reiterate our Buy recommendation for Atresmedia and maintain our Target Price of 13,0 euros/share with a potential upside of 24%.

A weak market in Q3’16, but better-than-expected results 

TV advertising market: a clear slowdown in the third quarter (+1.1% in Q3 vs +8.4% in H1’16), although this had already been anticipated. Accumulated growth in the 9mths period was up 6.4%, totally in line with our forecasts.

Q3’16 results: they were above both our estimates and the consensus, basically because of the positive suprise from the television division’s EBITDA (+39% in Q3 vs +15% in the forecasts).

9mths’16 resuts: given the reduced importance of the Q3 results (for seasonal reasons, given that investment in marketing in this quarter is usually more or less 19% of the annual volume) and the good trend seen in H1’16, the 9mths results still show significant growth rates: +6% in revenues which, because of the high operating leverage in the buiness, allows for an increase of 27% in EBITDA (+29% in TV). EBIT is up 34% and net profit 46% to 102 million euros (already exceeding the 99 million registered in the whole of 2015).

We don’t see any changes in our adverstising scenario for 2017 

For 2017, we expect +4/+6%  given that, although there is no visibility, private consumption remains very strong and the political uncertainty declined once the new government was formed. Taking this into account, we are lowering our TV advertising forecast for 2016 to +5.4% (-12 million euros vs +6.0% previously). But we are raising our growth estimates for 2017 (+4.4% vs +3.8% previously), so there is no change in the final investment figure for 2017 (2.213 billion euros).

Slight adjustments in our forecasts which don’t alter our Target Price

After the company’s results, we have made some slight adjustments which, in consolidated terms and for the period 2016-2019e are as follows: i) upwards revision to revenues of 1% (we maintain our outlook for advertising but have improved our forecasts for other businesses); ii) a rise of 2% in EBITDA for 2016-2017 and a cut of 2% for 2018-2019, due to a more conservative stance with regard to costs (TACC 2015-2019e of +1.6% vs +1.1% previously); +2% in net profit in 2016-2017 and -1% in 2018-2019. For the accumulated 2016-2019 period, there is no change to our EBITDA, EBIT or net forecasts.

From levels prior to the results of the UK referendum on EU membership, Atresmedia’s share price has registered an accumulated drop of 11% (while the Ibex has now recovered pre-Brexit levels). We don’t think this is justified, given the improved results’ outlook we are estimating. At current market prices – 9,45 €/share -, we reiterate our Buy recommendation and maintain our Target Price of 13,0 €/share (potential upside of 24%, to which we need to add an annual dividend yield of around 6%).

Revision to forecasts (2016-2017 and 2018-2019) have no material impact 

The main changes in our forecasts are as follows:

Television: We are slightly lowering our forecasts for advertising revenue but raising our forecast for other revenues in light of the good 9mths’16 accumulated performance. So the total revenues figure for this year does not vary (907 million euros), rising slightly (+0.7%) in the coming years. In EBITDA terms, we expect somewhat better figures in 2017, but we have adopted a more conservative stance with respect to the trend in costs for 2018-2019 (+1.5% annually vs +1.0% previously). So the figure declines slightly.

Radio: We are lowering our estimates for revenues (-0.2% TACC 2015-2019e vs +0.8% previously) but a better trend in costs, so hardly any change to EBITDA.

Other businesses: this is where we have made our main revision (upwards) to estimates, both in revenues and EBITDA.

We maintain our Buy stance, Target Price of 13,0 €/share

The  accumulated 11% drop in Atresmedia’s stock price from pre-Brexit levels is not justified according to our forecasts for: moderate growth in revenues (TACC 2015-2020e of 4.2%), with controlled costs (+1.6% TACC 2015-2020e) and a significant improvement in EBITDA and net profit (TACC 2015-2020e of 14.1% and 18.7% respectively).




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