Posted on: June 12, 2021, 05:05h.
Last updated on: June 12, 2021, 05:44h.
Quietly, PlayAGS (NYSE:AGS) stock is one of this year’s best-performing gaming equities, and one analyst is wagering there’s much more upside to be had.
In a recent note to clients, B. Riley analyst David Bain initiated coverage of the casino technology and games provider with a “buy” rating and a $21 price target. That implies the shares can nearly double from the June 11 close at $10.80. The analyst sees an array of catalysts potentially driving shares of the Las Vegas-based company higher.
We expect AGS’s product roadmap to substantively penetrate the $1.5 billion premium casino game segment, currently AGS’s whitespace,” said Bain. “Further, AGS’s high-margin, recurring revenue table business is underfollowed and undervalued, particularly given its 2H21 table shuffler expansion, in our view.”
The analyst’s bullish view on PlayAGS arrives at a time when some gaming equities are dithering. But that’s far from the case for the maker of electronic gaming machines and table games, among other products. Helped by a gain of 29.65 percent over the past month, PlayAGS is up 50 percent year-to-date.
PlayAGS Stock Powerful Gaming Idea
With a market capitalization of just under $418 million, PlayAGS is one of the smallest publicly traded gaming names in the US. That affirms its hidden gem status, but it doesn’t diminish its potential potency for investors.
PlayAGS stock is highly levered to strength in regional casinos because 80 percent of its recurring revenue comes from those venues. The company has nearly 24,000 gaming participation units, which are found in casinos in regional markets and those heavily frequented by locals. That tethers the shares to themes such as pent-up demand, rising rates of COVID-19 vaccination, and older gamblers returning to their favorite local gaming venues. In fact, some metrics for the company are already pacing ahead of pre-pandemic levels.
“1Q21 domestic participation per unit win exceeded pre-pandemic/1Q19 levels, and checks cite continued win strength,” said Bain. “Improved performance is driven by strong host markets, pruning of lower-performing locations/units, improved content offerings, and a new, higher mix of premium recurring revenue game installations, in our view.”
PlayAGS: Catalyst-Rich Story
Even with the recently stellar performance of PlayAGS, the gaming name has ample tailwinds, including a long runway with which to grow market share in the premium games segment.
“AGS’s premium game market penetration is well under one percent, leaving ample whitespace. AGS only recently began a substantive push into the premium segment, increasing its base of premium units through the pandemic,” said Bain.
If the company could drive its premium games share to three percent, that would be worth $10 a share, which isn’t accounted for in B. Riley’s price target, according to the analyst.
Adding to the PlayAGS case is that even with the stock’s recent surge, it’s still inexpensive, trading at 5.9x estimated 2023 enterprise value/earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) compared to 9.1x for rivals. If the name rerates to its peer group, it could trade up to $24, adds Bain.