Citigroup Downgrades SeaWorld to Hold

By Jason Carr

Citigroup analyst Jason Bazinet downgraded SeaWorld (NYSE: SEAS) to Hold today and set a price target of $17. The company’s shares closed last Friday at $17.

According to TipRanks.com, Bazinet is a 4-star analyst with an average return of 7.5% and a 61.8% success rate. Bazinet covers the Services sector, focusing on stocks such as Liberty Media Corporation Series A Liberty SiriusXM Common Stock, Live Nation Entertainment, and Charter Communications.

SeaWorld has an analyst consensus of Hold, with a price target consensus of $18.50.

Based on SeaWorld’s latest earnings report for the quarter ending June 30, the company posted quarterly revenue of $371 million and quarterly net profit of $17.77 million. In comparison, last year the company earned revenue of $497 million and had a net profit of $97.95 million.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 48 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is positive on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders buying their shares of SEAS in relation to earlier this year. Earlier this month, Joel Manby, the Title: President and Chief Executive Officer of SEAS bought 14,500 shares for a total of $247,950.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. is a theme park and entertainment company, which operates through its wholly owned subsidiary, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. The company engages in delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable its customers to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world. Its portfolio of branded theme parks includes SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Sesame Place. The SeaWorld is widely recognized as the marine-life theme park brand in the world. Its SeaWorld theme parks are located in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego. The Busch Gardens theme parks are family-oriented destinations designed to immerse guests in foreign geographic settings. The Aquatica branded water parks are premium, family-oriented destinations that are based in a South Seas-themed tropical setting. Aquatica water parks are build on the aquatic theme of its SeaWorld brand and feature high-energy rides, water attractions, white-sand beaches and an innovative and entertaining presentation of marine and terrestrial animals. The Discovery Cove offers guests personal, signature experiences, including the opportunity to swim and interact with dolphins, take an underwater walking reef tour and enjoy pristine white-sand beaches and landscaped private cabanas. The Sesame Place is a destination where parents and children can share in the spirit of imagination and experience Sesame Street together through whirling rides, water slides, colorful shows and furry friends. SeaWorld Entertainment was founded on October 2, 2009 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL.