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Pacific Crest Recommends Owning Lions Gate Into 'Now You See Me 2' Debut

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'Now You See Me 2' is likely to have a strong debut, when it releases in the upcoming weekend, and should improve sentiment for Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA) (NYSE: LGF), Pacific Crest’s Evan Wingren said in a report.

A strong debut should increase confidence in the company’s ability to generate profits from movies in FY17. This, combined with TV production growth and potential strategic M&A, should lend upside to Lions Gate’s shares, analyst Evan Wingren noted. He added that while the company should continue to benefit from “secular tailwinds in original content production and on-demand viewing,” it has no direct exposed to secular challenges facing TV networks.

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Wingren expects the movie to appeal to multiple demographics. He added, “We anticipate the film should be moderately well received by critics (likely similar to the original), which should support a solid opening.”

The analyst projected the first weekend domestic box office [DBO] of $25-$35 million, given the movie's cast, production quality, theatrical window and early demand indicators. This should support total DBO of $75-$125 million. “Every incremental $10 million in DBO above or below our expectations would likely increase or reduce our FQ1 EBITDA estimate by ~$4 million,” the Pacific Crest report stated.

Wingren has an Overweight rating on Lions Gate, with a price target of $27.

Latest Ratings for LGF

DateFirmActionFromTo
Dec 2016Initiates Coverage OnBuy
Nov 2016UpgradesSector PerformOutperform
Oct 2016Initiates Coverage OnOverweight

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