|Deutsche Bank||Laurie Davison||Hold|
|Barclays Capital||Julien Roch||Neutral|
|Bank of America Merrill Lynch||Adrien de St.Hilaire||Underperform|
|Société Générale||Christophe Cherblanc||Hold|
|Bankhaus Lampe||Christoph Bast||Hold|
|Goldman Sachs||Lisa Yang||Neutral|
|Morgan Stanley||Omar Sheik||Underweight|
|Exane BNP||William Packer/Annick Maas||Neutral|
|JP Morgan||Daniel Kerven||Neutral|
|Kepler Cheuvreux||Conor O'Shea||Buy|
|Nord LB||Holger Fechner||Buy|
|Warburg Research||Lucas Boventer||Hold|
Analysts view of RTL Group
23 per cent (4 of 17) of analysts that have published notes the Group is aware of since the announcement of the 2019 half-year results recommended RTL Group shares as a buy at the end of the year (2018: 28 per cent). 65 per cent (11 of 17) recommended holding the share (2018: 61 per cent) and the remaining 12 per cent (2 of 17) recommended selling (2018: 11 per cent). Their average price target at the end of 2019 was €47.92 (compared to €59.61 at the end of 2018) with their price expectations ranging from €35 to €62.
Recommendations by financial analysts play an important role in helping investors make decisions. With a total of 17 brokerage firms and financial institutions covering RTL Group and publishing a note since the announcement of the 2019 half-year results (2018: 18), the share remains broadly covered.
In order to discuss RTL Group’s strategy with its current investors and to present the company to existing and potential new investors, the RTL Group Executive Committee and the Head of Investor Relations participated in various conferences in Europe and North America, and held a number of roadshows and meetings covering major financial centres, including New York, Toronto, Montreal, Zurich, Geneva and London. The level of financial communication and transparency provided by the Group was recognised in the Extel 2019 results. In this widely recognised survey RTL Group’s Investor Relations team ranked 11 out of 79 as best IR professionals in media. Institutional Investor’s All Europe Media rankings also recognised RTL Group’s financial communications with the Sell-Side ranking the Head of Investor Relations second and also the second-best IR Team.