Following Tencent's buyout of their jointly controlled Sogou search business, Sohu has: US$1.57Bn ($40/ADS) of cash equivalents and short term investments. The company recently announced a $100mm share repurchase program.Consistently profitable Changyou games business which will earn net income of approximately $228mm in 2021 and Sohu could retain a stake worth $56/ADS following a successful … Continue reading SOHU: $40/ADS Of Cash, But What Is The Plan?
Long SOHU Short SOGO
I was going to post this idea Friday morning, but then a Reuters scoop significantly affected the share prices. The trade is now slightly less attractive, but readers may still find the commentary useful The current market price of SOGO implies a high likelihood that its $9/ADS acquisition by Tencent will be successful while the … Continue reading Long SOHU Short SOGO
Sohu will get $30/share from Sogou and Changyou is worth even more
Sohu will receive $1,179mm in cash ($30/SOHU) from Tencent's privatization of Sogou, their jointly controlled search and AI business (LINK). Sohu's Changyou gaming business could easily demonstrate value of $57/SOHU through a 2021 listing in Hong Kong or China. Sohu's media business (news and video) continues to lose money and along with corporate overhead may … Continue reading Sohu will get $30/share from Sogou and Changyou is worth even more
Changyou Will Deliver Strong Results For Sohu In 2020
Sohu offered $10/ADS to buy out the 33% public stake in its Changyou gaming business Release of a new mobile game from its hit TLBB series could boost Changyou's 2020 earnings to $150mm (about $3/ADS) Sohu should report a substantial 2020 profit after 8 years of losses. Changyou will be strong, Sogou will continue to … Continue reading Changyou Will Deliver Strong Results For Sohu In 2020
Sohu 20-F Reveals $144mm Tax Benefit
Sohu's 20-F revealed that the company no longer believes it will owe any special one-time tax in connection with the 2017 US Tax Reform. If correct then this will free up $144mm of cash (about $3.69/ADS) for general corporate purposes. Investors in Changyou and Sohu are frustrated by the lack of information about the status … Continue reading Sohu 20-F Reveals $144mm Tax Benefit
What’s next after the Changyou dividend and Sohu liquidation?
Changyou's recently distributed special dividend and Sohu's pending liquidation may be intended to facilitate a new buyout offer for Changyou. Fair value for a transaction should be at least $29.74/ADS. Some additional background was in my prior articles: Changyou’s Buyout Price Should be Raised to at least $53 Sohu Valuation enhanced by successful Sogou IPO and … Continue reading What’s next after the Changyou dividend and Sohu liquidation?
Sohu Valuation enhanced by successful Sogou IPO and potential Changyou privatization
Successful IPO of the Sogou search business clarifies the $1.5Bn value of Sohu's retained 33% stake ($39/share of SOHU) Possible privatization of the Changyou gaming business would deliver $1.4Bn of net cash before tax ($35/share of SOHU) at the unfair preliminary offer price or $1.8-3.2Bn ($45-$82/Share of SOHU) at fair value Sohu has minimal debt, … Continue reading Sohu Valuation enhanced by successful Sogou IPO and potential Changyou privatization
Changyou’s Buyout Price Should be Raised to at least $53
2/1/18 Update: Liquid Assets (cash+investments+loan) at 12/31/17 were $1127mm or $21.06/ADS. Chairman Charles Zhang offered to acquire all outstanding shares of Changyou at a price of $42.10/ADS The offered price is significantly below the average valuations of competing companies (27.7 P/E for US/HK listed and 36.9 P/E for China listed) The offered price does not … Continue reading Changyou’s Buyout Price Should be Raised to at least $53