BofA Securities analysts began coverage on Sphere Entertainment (NYSE:SPHR) with a Neutral rating, assigning a price target of $43.00 on the stock. The analysts suggest that Sphere Entertainment holds significant potential for growth but note the challenges in predicting financial outcomes due to the innovative nature of its business.
The analysts acknowledge the dual aspects of disruptive technology that come with both large opportunities and considerable risks. A specific concern highlighted is the dependency on MSG Networks, which is expected to contribute to half of Sphere’s revenue in fiscal 2024. This segment faces challenges due to the declining viewership of linear TV and fixed rights fees, adding to the company’s risk profile. The analysts conclude that the current stock price appropriately balances these risks and rewards.