SunTrust Just Made a Dire Prediction for Snap

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According to one firm, shares of Snap may soon be in a lot of trouble.

Suntrust Robinson Humphrey has initiated coverage on Snap shares and issued a “sell” rating, citing the competitive threat of larger rivals. Ahem, Facebook.

The firm gave the stock a $10 price target which is roughly a 22% decrease from where the stock closed this past Tuesday.
Analyst Youssef Squali wrote that Snap’s “challenges around bringing advertisers onto the platform at scale, and getting a sizable portion of their ad spend short term are likely to take time to overcome, causing the stock to underperform.”

“We also note a massive lock-up expiration of shares in the last two weeks, intense competition from Instagram/Facebook for users and advertisers.”

“Facebook/Instagram and YouTube are quick followers, constantly improving their value proposition as well, at materially greater scale,” he wrote.

It’s been a rough year for Snap. Shares are now down 57% since their high back in March, shortly after the company went public with an IPO price of $17.

Disclaimer: We have no position in Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) and have not been compensated for this article.