Market Overview

Oppenheimer Upgrades LivePerson, Names 5 Catalysts For Future Growth

Oppenheimer Upgrades LivePerson, Names 5 Catalysts For Future Growth

The street is overlooking LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN)’s mobile commerce opportunity, according to a new analyst report.

The Analyst 

Oppenheimer analyst Koji Ikeda upgraded LivePerson from Perform to Outperform and set a $31 price target.

The Thesis

LivePerson is well-positioned to take share in a large business-to-consumer messaging opportunity that is disrupting the contact center, Ikeda said in the Thursday upgrade note. 

“Organizations around the world are under pressure to rethink and retool legacy technologies with next-generation customer engagement applications, like LivePerson, to better engage, retain and generate revenue from the end consumer,” the analyst said.

5 Catalysts For Outperformance

Ikeda named the following as catalysts for LivePerson: 

  • An underappreciated mobile commerce opportunity that can drive upside to estimates.
  • A good entry point following a pullback.
  • Several catalysts including a potential growth acceleration story in 2019 to 20 percent.
  • A strong installed base monetization opportunity.
  • Good execution trend over the FTM

The installed base has the potential to drive much of the upside needed to accelerate the business to 20-percent growth in the near-term, the analyst said.

With job postings at a three-year high, Ikeda said end market demand is healthy and the business is investing to increase sales capacity, a positive sign for future growth trends.

LivePerson is trading at a 42-percent valuation discount to the SaaS industry average, translating to a favorable risk-reward profile, the analyst said. 

The bottom line for LivePerson is that as management delivers execution in upcoming quarterly results, it will increase investor recognition and drive a re-rating of the company’s valuation multiples toward the SaaS industry average over time, according to Oppenheimer. 

Price Action

LivePerson shares were up 3.46 percent at $22.11 at the close Thursday. 

Related Links:

Analysts Hold Stances On Atlassian Following A 'Ripper' Of A Quarter

Slack's IPO: What You Need To Know

Latest Ratings for LPSN

Jan 2021JefferiesDowngradesBuyHold
Dec 2020RosenblattInitiates Coverage OnBuy
Oct 2020NeedhamMaintainsBuy

View More Analyst Ratings for LPSN
View the Latest Analyst Ratings


Related Articles (LPSN)

View Comments and Join the Discussion!

Posted-In: Koji Ikeda OppenheimerAnalyst Color News Upgrades Price Target Analyst Ratings Best of Benzinga

Latest Ratings

MRTXHC Wainwright & Co.Maintains257.0
NVDATruist SecuritiesMaintains672.0
BLKBMO CapitalMaintains715.0
BLKDeutsche BankMaintains838.0
View the Latest Analytics Ratings
Don't Miss Any Updates!
News Directly in Your Inbox
Subscribe to:
Benzinga Premarket Activity
Get pre-market outlook, mid-day update and after-market roundup emails in your inbox.
Market in 5 Minutes
Everything you need to know about the market - quick & easy.
Fintech Focus
A daily collection of all things fintech, interesting developments and market updates.
Thank You

Thank you for subscribing! If you have any questions feel free to call us at 1-877-440-ZING or email us at