Spotify’s Stock Has Finally Hit Bottom After Dropping 30% from Its Peak, Top Analyst Says


There’s some good news and some bad news for Spotify’s stock.

The good news is that a longtime bear on Spotify (SPOT) is suddenly changing his tune.  The bad news is that the stock has been plunging for months — and without a dramatic and fundamental change in Spotify’s core financials, it may have difficulty recovering.

Just last week, an analyst for Evercore ISI, who has been particularly bearish toward the outlook of music streaming leader Spotify, stated that he now believes that the stock has finally bottomed out.  Kevin Rippey continues to target Spotify’s stock price at $110, but, at the same time, he has upgraded the stock’s outlook from “underperforming” to “increasingly balanced.”

Spotify’s stock price fell by 1.2% on October 1st to $112.59, but it rebounded on October 2nd, rising by about the same amount before closing at $113.90.  At the time of writing, SPOT is hovering in the $116 range.

Spotify has seen its stock price plummet ever since it reported its second-quarter financial numbers on July 31st, which Wall Street found disappointing.

In a note to his clients, Rippey said that his bearish view of Spotify — and his downgrading of the stock this past June — were based on its stock price at the time, which was around $150. He thought then that the market was over-optimistically looking at the company’s capacity “to drive gross margin improvement.”

Rippey added that he is still dubious in regards to the company’s ability to substantially expand its gross margin, but now that its stock had fallen more 30% from its earlier highs, he believes that the opportunities for shorting Spotify’s stock have “diminished.”

He went on to say that, as the market continues to re-evaluate stocks that combine strong revenue growth with a decidedly uncertain path to profitability, Spotify could very well continue to experience pricing pressures.

While Rippey is giving the company what is, in essence, a neutral rating, he appears to remain bearish about its future. He believes that streaming services are nothing more than loss leaders for big technology companies such as Apple and Amazon. So, the fact that streaming is Spotify’s only business is causing him to be skeptical of it.

2 Responses

  1. Lightening

    And don’t worry the class action attorneys know where you are after so don’t run off to far!!!!
    I Wonder how cooperative the Music Industry Vultures will be when the checks aka bribes from SpotALie stop paying? Especially now when they need those checks more than ever!
    No Such Thing As Half Way CROOKS

  2. eric

    He’s a crook.Spotify is nothing short of wholesale theft of artists.