Apple Gets Another Price Target Hike, Analyst Predicts Strong Services Trends
On the heels of a price target revision by DA Davidson to a Street-high $375 earlier this week, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley maintained a Buy rating on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and raised his price target from $275 to $355, suggesting roughly 14% upside.
Apple's ecosystem approach that includes an installed base that exceeds 1.4 billion devices globally is likely to propel Services revenue to a record high, Walkley said in a note.
Services Galloping Toward 500M Subscribers
Revenues from Services, which carries a higher margin, are expected to outpace total company growth. Apple is on track to double its 2016 Services revenue by 2020, helped by new services launch and growing installed base of users, Walkley said.
The analyst sees the pricing of Apple TV+, which is at the low end among competing services, as compelling. Apple Arcade launched in 150 countries at $4.99 per month is another service that could drive growth, the analyst said, citing feedback for the service and games.
App Store spend hit a record $1.42 billion between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, Walkley noted.
Combined with Apple News+, Apple Card and Apple TV channels, Walkley said new services could push record-setting Services momentum to continue toward 500 million subscribers.
iPhone's Lost Momentum Regained
Apple is poised to maintain its market leadership in premium-tier smartphones, helped by a 5G upgrade cycle. The analyst said he was encouraged by the strong demand for the iPhone 11: "…we believe sales for this year's iPhone 11 lineup remained strong through the December quarter, including in China."
Canaccord expects Apple to increase its share repurchases and dividends, thanks to strong results in the second half of 2019 and the ongoing strong cash flows that has resulted in $98 billion in net cash.
As such, the firm raised its calendar year 2021 estimates on broad based strength, premised on the potential for 5G leading to stronger iPhone sales in fiscal year 2021.
Apple's Price Action
Apple shares traded around $314.42 at time of publication.
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