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Unity Software Shares Drop 22% on Weak Outlook, Analyst Downgrades to Neutral

Stock Markets May 11, 2022 06:52AM ET
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Shares of Unity Software (U) are down more than 22% in premarket trading Wednesday after the company reported Q1 results and offered guidance below consensus.

Unity reported Q1 revenue of $320.1 million, just below the consensus estimates of $321.7 million. The video game software development company reported an adjusted loss per share of 8c in the quarter, compared to a loss per share of 10c in the year-ago quarter and the estimated loss per share of 7.9c.

Looking ahead to Q2, Unity expects revenue in the range of $290 million to $295 million, well below the consensus projection of $359.7 million. The company expects FY revenue in the range of $1.35 billion to $1.43 billion, short of the analyst consensus of $1.49 billion.

Unity noted “challenges with monetization products that we expect to impact 2022” and revenue outlook.

Daiwa Securities analyst Jonathan Kess downgraded U stock to Neutral from Outperform “due to near term uncertainty regarding their product fixes and rev deceleration.”

A new price target is $34.00 per share, down from $110.00.

“We are still a believer in U’s long-term market potential. We are just taking a more cautious approach near to medium term,” Kess said in a client note.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) analyst Matthew Cost reiterated an Overweight rating and lowered the PT to $50.00 per share, down from $110.00 to reflect lower multiple and “disappointing guidance.”

“Operate and Create results/guidance diverged strongly in 1Q as ad network challenges weigh on the outlook, despite engine strength,” Cost said in a client note while adding that he expects a 2H reacceleration.

By Senad Karaahmetovic

Unity Software Shares Drop 22% on Weak Outlook, Analyst Downgrades to Neutral
 

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