Tags: amazon | buying | target | analyst

Amazon Buying Target This Year, Analyst Predicts

Amazon Buying Target This Year, Analyst Predicts
Illustration (Dreamstime; Amazon logo)

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:44 AM

Internet giant Amazon.com Inc. will acquire discount retailer Target Corp., technology analyst Gene Munster, co-founder of Loup Venture, predicted.

Munster speculated on a possible deal in a report highlighting eight predictions for the technology industry in 2018. Amazon made waves in retailing last year with its $13.7 billion purchase of upscale grocer Whole Foods Market Inc.

“Target is the ideal offline partner for Amazon for two reasons, shared demographic and manageable but comprehensive store count,” Munster wrote, noting both companies focus on mothers and families. “Getting the timing on this is difficult, but seeing the value of the combination is easy.”

Market-share numbers suggest a deal would be approved by regulators, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. would still have a larger share than an Amazon-Target combination, Munster said. He estimated a take-out valuation of $41 billion, or a 15 percent premium to Target’s value. Target shares rose as much as 3.7 percent Tuesday in New York, while Amazon gained 1.6 percent.

“Investors would view this as Amazon taking over the world and that’s a good thing,” Munster said in an interview on Bloomberg Radio.

A Target representative declined to comment on the report. Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Munster, 46, co-founded Loup Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on virtual reality and artificial intelligence, in early 2017. Before that, he’d worked for 21 years as an analyst at Piper Jaffray Cos., where he was known for his accuracy in predicting Apple Inc.’s financial potential.

Prognosticating about Amazon’s next deal has become a common theme for analysts. In November, DA Davidson analyst Tom Forte wrote that Lululemon Athletica Inc. may be attractive to the online retailer, while Citigroup analyst Paul Lejuez recently catalogued a host of potential targets, including Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and Advance Auto Parts Inc.

Still, Amazon may not just be interested in retail deals. Last month, CFRA bank analyst Ken Leon wrote that he foresees the Internet company buying a small- or mid-sized bank in 2018.

© Copyright 2018 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
TheWire
Analyst Gene Munster, co-founder of Loup Venture, has released his predictions for the technology industry in 2018, and chief among them is the speculation that Amazon.com Inc. will buy retailer Target Corp.
amazon, buying, target, analyst
337
2018-44-03
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 10:44 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved