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Twitter's Crash Is Weighing On GSV Capital


In a new report, Northland Capital Markets analyst Jeff Houston reduced the firm's price target for GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GSVC), but reiterated the firm's bullish outlook for the stock. Houston also provides updates on some of GSV's best and worst-performing holdings.

One of GSV's most disappointing positions has been Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR), which is down 41 percent. According to GSV's most recent update, its Twitter stake is now down to only 6.2 percent of NAV compared to 7.0 percent in Q2 of 2015. “We like the continued monetization of this position,” Houston notes.

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While positions like Twitter and Chegg Inc (NYSE: CHGG) have weighed on GSV's returns, Houston also points out that investments in Palantir Technologies and Lyft have offset much of Twitter’s underperformance.

Palantir's most recent $129 million fundraising round represents a valuation of $20 billion for the company and means that GSV’s $17.2 million stake is now valued at about $55 million. Lyft’s $1 billion December fundraising round implies a $5.5 billion valuation. GSV’s $7.5 million stake is now estimated at $12 million.

Although Twitter's crash has forced Northland to reduce its price target for GSV from $11.50 to $10, the firm still sees plenty of upside and maintains its Outperform rating.

Disclosure: the author holds no position in the stocks mentioned.

Latest Ratings for GSVC

Oct 2018BTIGInitiates Coverage OnBuy
May 2016Wunderlich SecuritiesMaintains
Feb 2016Northland Capital MarketsMaintainsOutperform

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