Jefferies has picked Manchester United as its “best-in-class” sports stock. Looking towards a post-lockdown economy, the New York-based asset management company predicts MANU stock will rise higher than its peers.
That said, Manchester United declared a loss of 20.2% during FQ3, compared to the previous year. It has also fallen by around 16.56% over the year to date, while the S&P 500 has fallen by 5.77%.
Still, Manchester United has surpassed analyst estimates in two of the past four financial quarters. So if the return of sport is permanent, then it could very well beat analyst expectations again.
Wall Street traders and analysts are gearing up for normal service to resume in the global economy and on the stock market.
In terms of sports and soccer stocks, Manchester United is one of the biggest. And according to Jefferies analyst Randal Konik, it will be one of the best performers in a post-lockdown economy.
What’s clear to us is MANU remains a best-in-class brand in the world’s most popular sport, and that creates significant monetization opportunities that will only strengthen LT.
In fact, Konik foresees sport becoming more important and more lucrative in a post-pandemic landscape. And with Manchester United being one of the strongest sports franchises worldwide, he expects MANU stock to ride this wave.
MANU is one of the most popular and successful global brands in the world, with unparalleled reach benefitting from a changed media landscape where live content is increasingly valuable.
Fundamentally, with “global sport continuing its rise,” and with MANU’s on-field performance improving and its fundamentals “solid and predictable,” Jefferies would buy its stock.
Of course, this ‘buy’ recommendation from Jefferies doesn’t tell the whole story when it comes to Manchester United stock.
The pandemic and lockdown has hit MANU hard. At the end of last month, Manchester United posted its report for fiscal Q3 2020. Ending on March 31, this quarter saw the team’s revenues fall by 20.2% year-on-year, to $157.94 million.
With football in England due to take place behind closed doors for some time to come, Manchester United is likely to see reduced revenue for a while.
This is reflected in the MANU price, which has fallen by 16.56% in the year to date. By comparison, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones have fallen by 5.77% and 11.06%, respectively.
At the same time, MANU earnings per share declined in Q3 2020 to -$0.06, representing a 700% fall in relation to estimates. However, MANU’s EPS surpassed estimates for the two previous quarters.
As such, the return of sport could indeed return Manchester United stock to where it was prior to lockdowns. Compared to other sports stocks listed on the NYSE, Manchester United is already doing better this year.
Of course, with the threat of second spikes, it’s just not certain how quickly Manchester United stock will rise. But assuming that sport doesn’t reenter lockdown, MANU could do very well across the rest of the year.