Netflix Stock Gets Upfront Optimism Boost From Key Ad Tier Updates, NFL

Zinger Key Points
  • Upfront optimism boosts Netflix stock with key updates on ad tier scale, content line-up, and potential NFL games.
  • JPMorgan reiterates Overweight rating on Netflix, citing positive rebound factors and bullish long-term growth thesis.

Analysts are optimistic about Netflix Inc NFLX as the streaming company gears up for its Upfront presentation on May 16.

JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth reiterated an Overweight rating on Netflix stock with a price target of $650, citing several factors driving the stock’s recent rebound.

Netflix Stock Rebound

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After initially dropping post-earnings on April 18, Netflix shares have rallied back to their pre-earnings price, outperforming the S&P 500, as represented by the iShares S&P 500 ETF SPY.

Anmuth believes this rebound is due to increased comfort with Netflix’s 2024 revenue outlook and its decision to no longer report subscribers starting in 2025.

He also pointed to the “recognition that NFLX is not subject to heavy AI-driven capex intensity like META, GOOGL, & AMZN Unlike some competitors,” as a factor driving this rebound.

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Ad Tier Expectations

Anmuth expects the Upfront presentation to bring updates on several key areas.

One focus will be on the Ad tier, with expectations for an update on the 23 million+ ad tier monthly active users (MAUs). Conversations suggest investors are looking for 35-40 million+ ad tier MAUs, including the benefit of the T-Mobile bundle.

Ad tier subscriptions have grown significantly, with over 40% of sign-ups now opting for the ad-supported tier.

Advertising remains a key area of growth for Netflix, highlighted Anmuth, with the company expected to drive Ad tier growth through bundles, pricing changes, and marketing efforts.

Anmuth projects Ad tier subs to reach 28 million by the end of 2024 and 39 million by the end of 2025.

“Advertising remains a drag on ARM as monetization lags inventory & scale growth, but ad sales will build over time [and] Netflix expects the Ad tier to become a more meaningful revenue driver in 2025 & beyond,” he said.

Netflix’s Content Slate & Sports Strategy

Aside from ad tier updates, investors are also looking for news on Netflix’s content slate and sports strategy.

There are suggestions that Netflix could host two NFL games on Christmas later this year, potentially boosting the ad tier and promoting upcoming content.

Anmuth notes that Peacock’s NFL playoff game this past season reportedly cost around $110 million.

Overall, JPMorgan remains positive on Netflix shares, citing a bullish thesis including:

  • revenue growth acceleration,
  • operating margin expansion, and
  • multi-year free cash flow ramp.

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