- Netflix continues to add more subscribers internationally than in the US
- Morgan Stanley’s head of media research explains why the company is thriving overseas and why he’s so bullish on the stock.
Shares of Netflix hit record highs this week after the company reported another quarter of subscriber growth and earnings-per-share that exceeded Wall Street’s expectations.
In the US, the company added 850,000 new customers, but overseas it added a whopping 4.45 million.
That’s because Netflix has figured out a formula for what works overseas, according to Morgan Stanley’s head of media research, Ben Swinburne.
“The US market is obviously the one where they have got furthest along in terms of penetration, but they have done really well in international markets as well, so I think the international opportunity is certainly significant.” Swinburne told Business Insider in an interview about the media, cable, and internet sector last week.
Netflix has proven it can launch and scale the service in developed, English speaking markets like the UK and elsewhere in Europe, says Swinburne, who has a $US235 price target on the stock. The company has also proved it can launch and scale the service in emerging markets with spottier internet and fewer English speakers. Here’s more:
“History would tell you that [Netflix], if given time, can ramp in almost any kind of market. It’s probably intuitive that a market with a relatively developed economy like the US and the UK, and certainly English language with a strong technology adoption curve, strong broadband networks, would be a successful one for Netflix.
“Then you look at a market like Brazil — obviously an emerging market, with a much different income per capita, a much weaker broadband-network structure than what you typically see elsewhere, and the product has scaled to profitability and significant penetration rates that should give people confidence that they can scale in other kinds of markets.”
Analysts seem to think even more good news is to come from the streaming giant. Wall Street now has a consensus price target for the stock of $US215 — 11% above where the stock was trading Thursday afternoon, according to Bloomberg.
Shares of Netflix are up 52% so far this year.
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