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Analyst Downgrades Bally’s Citing Macroeconomic Volatility


Posted on: November 2, 2022, 02:27h. 

Final up to date on: November 2, 2022, 02:44h.

Forward of its third-quarter earnings report on Thursday, Bally’s (NYSE: BALY) was downgraded by a sell-side analyst who cites a wide range of near-term dangers.

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Bally’s on the Atlantic Metropolis Boardwalk. An analyst downgraded the inventory on Wednesday. (Picture: Press of Atlantic Metropolis)

In a word to purchasers, Stifel analyst Jeffrey Stantial lowered his score on the regional on line casino operator to “maintain” from “purchase” whereas paring his worth goal to $25 from $28. That new forecast implies upside of 8.6% from the November 1 shut.

Whereas our revised mannequin implies a largely inline Q3 print and FY22 information, we see growing macro, FX, regulatory & growth dangers probably pressuring out-year estimates and conserving shares range-bound within the near-term,” wrote Stantial.

Shares of Bally’s are down 39.12% year-to-date. At the moment, the corporate runs 15 casinos in 10 states

Robust Greenback May Strain Bally’s Outcomes

The on line casino operator acquired UK-based on-line gaming agency Gamesys for $2.7 billion final 12 months in what quantities to the customer’s largest buy so far.

At the moment, analysts lauded the deal as a result of it plugged gaps in Bally’s product portfolio whereas giving it a ready-made platform with which to push additional into the fast-growing iGaming area. The deal additionally added geographic diversification to Bally’s income stream. However the danger to that thesis is on show this 12 months, owing to the robust US greenback.

As a result of Federal Reserve’s six rate of interest hikes in 2022, the buck is without doubt one of the best-performing main currencies on this planet. As such, the income generated in British kilos (GBP)  by Gamesys are price much less when transformed into US {dollars}.

“As we method Q3 earnings, we see potential for international forex volatility to proceed weighing on estimates & sentiment. BALY’s Worldwide Interactive enterprise is predominately denominated in GBP, adopted by Yen, with some Euro denominated prices. We estimate each 1% decline in GBP:USD implies a ~$2M adjusted earnings earlier than curiosity, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) headwind, whereas each 1% decline in EUR:USD implies a ~$0.7M profit,” added Stantial.

The analyst added that the UK’s unsure macroeconomic setting might pinch Bally’s shares over the close to time period.

“Whereas current commentary has been encouraging, the financial scenario within the UK stays dynamic, with the ‘price of dwelling disaster’ nonetheless removed from solved. Therefore, we might see volatility decide again up for BALY’s comparatively decrease staking participant base,” he famous.

Bally’s Lengthy-Time period Outlook Vibrant

Whereas analysts and traders fret about macro and forex points and the operator’s spending plans, together with the $1.7 billion Chicago built-in resort, Stantial maintains the view that Bally’s long-term outlook is engaging.

In Might, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot chosen Bally’s because the successful bidder within the metropolis’s on line casino competitors. The primary on line casino within the third-largest US metro space shall be constructed northwest of town’s downtown Loop district

“Our long-term constructive thesis stays intact (distinctive N.A. on-line method; free money movement generative Worldwide Interactive ops; excessive return on funding B&M progress capex), although we really feel a extra cautious view is prudent in the intervening time in mild of near-term dangers with optimistic catalysts biased longer-term,” concluded the analyst.

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