How Facebook Has 65% Upside
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As Wall Street and the media hype up Facebook's IPO, one analyst believes the stock could offer as much as 65% upside.
Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia initiated coverage on Facebook with a "buy" rating and a $46 price target, which would offer nearly 65% upside if Facebook were to price its IPO at the low end of its expected range, $28 per share. Bhatia believes that Facebook's IPO is worth the risk predicting that the social networker could be as disruptive as Google(GOOG) .
Advertising is a $600 billion market, and as more advertising moves online (currently $68 billion is online), Bhatia believes Facebook is disrupting advertising. This, he says, is led by social media and Facebook's 900 million users, more than half of which use the service daily. Other factors include Facebook's ability to monetize mobile, its placement in China and the company's potential to grow average revenue per user.
"Together, Mobile and China could add $1.5B in incremental revenue and $600 million in incremental EBITDA
Advertisers have had a hard time generating significant revenue from mobile as more users access the web and data from their smartphones and tablets. But the mobile advertising market is expected to have a 64% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2015, according to tech research firm IDC, reaching $18 billion. Facebook is poised to take advantage of this trend.