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Bumble shares target cut to $15 amid 2024 outlook concerns

EditorNatashya Angelica
Published 02/28/2024, 10:39 AM
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On Wednesday, Raymond James adjusted its outlook on Bumble Inc. (NASDAQ:BMBL), reducing the stock price target to $15 from the previous $17, while maintaining an Outperform rating for the company's shares.

The adjustment follows Bumble's fourth-quarter results for the fiscal year 2023, which fell short of expectations. The company also presented a conservative revenue forecast for 2024, albeit with an anticipation of higher margin expectations.

In her inaugural earnings call, Bumble's CEO Lidiane Jones addressed the difficulties the company and the broader industry are facing. Challenges such as monetization issues have been exacerbated by Bumble-specific problems, including an overly complex feature set in the Bumble app and a less successful launch of Premium+ than anticipated.

Jones outlined a strategic plan to navigate these issues, which involves revamping the Bumble app, streamlining the company by cutting 350 roles, focusing on product innovation with an emphasis on accelerating Bumble BFF development, and hiring new C-level executives to lead these initiatives.

The firm anticipates that 2024 will be a transitional period for Bumble's revenue generation. The planned overhaul of the app is expected to introduce some execution risk. However, Raymond James believes that Bumble's strong brand equity among dating app users will likely facilitate the transition.

Despite the lower price target, the firm's Outperform rating reflects a continued positive outlook on the company's stock performance.

The revised price target of $15 indicates a more cautious stance from Raymond James in light of the company's recent earnings report and future plans. Bumble's efforts to address its challenges and revitalize its brand and product offerings will be closely watched by investors as the company navigates through the forecasted transition year.

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