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Pachter: Zynga Is 'Worth A Shot'

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Pachter: Zynga Is 'Worth A Shot'
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Michael Pachter, equity analyst for Wedbush Securities, recently joined PreMarket Prep to share his thoughts on Zynga Inc (NASDAQ: ZNGA). According to Pachter, the battered gaming stock is well worth the risk at its current price.

'Revolving Door' Management

“They’re in their fifth year of a one- to two-year turnaround,” Pachter joked, pointing out the company’s revolving door of CEOs in recent years. However, he believes current management is on the right track.

“They’re paring away all the games that weren’t really making much money, so revenues have been stalled for three years in a row,” he explained.

Currently Well Positioned

However, Pachter believes Zynga is now well-positioned for the launch of the new game “Dawn of Titans” within the next couple of weeks.

“If you get a couple hundred million of revenue growth with improving margins, I think you get pretty dramatic EBITDA growth,” he said of Zynga’s new lineup.

Pachter currently has a $4.25 price target for Zynga and he believes shareholders could see significant near-term upside.

“I think investors can step in now and ride it up by 30–35 percent in the next couple of months,” he concluded.

Word Of Caution

Pachter added a word of caution about a bullish thesis that rests on the success of a game that has yet to be released.

“’Dawn of Titans’ might not work. If it doesn’t, I’m wrong,” he noted.

Latest Ratings for ZNGA

DateFirmActionFromTo
Dec 2016MizuhoInitiates Coverage OnBuy
Aug 2016Cowen & Co.UpgradesMarket PerformOutperform
Feb 2016UBSMaintainsBuy

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