Dish Network stock (NASDAQ: DISH) currently trades at $6.60 per share, around 86% below its level of $46.50 on May 7, 2021 (pre-inflation shock high), and seems like a good investment opportunity. Dish Network saw its stock trading at around $17.90 at the end of June 2022, just before the Fed started increasing rates, and is still 64% below that level. In comparison, the S&P 500 gained about 10% during this period. The stock price has suffered over recent months due to a cyber attack on Dish’s IT systems and a secular decline in the company’s core satellite TV operations. This was despite a decline in the inflation rate in response to the Fed’s aggressive rate hike plan and the possibility of a gradual stabilization of Dish revenues as its wireless business eventually benefits from the 5G wireless rollout and the company’s massive spectrum holdings.
Returning to the pre-inflation shock level means that Dish stock will have to gain more than 600% from here. However, we do not believe that will materialize any time soon, and estimate Dish’s valuation to be around $14 per share, about 2x the market price. This is because the recent uncertainty in the financial sector has made investors concerned about a potential recession.
Our detailed analysis of Dish Network upside post-inflation shock captures trends in the company’s stock during the turbulent market conditions seen over 2022 and compares these trends to the stock’s performance during the 2008 recession.
2022 Inflation Shock
Timeline of Inflation Shock So Far:
- 2020 – early 2021: Increase in money supply to cushion the impact of lockdowns led to high demand for goods; producers were unable to match up.
- Early 2021: Shipping snarls and worker shortages from the coronavirus pandemic continue to hurt the supply
- April 2021: Inflation rates cross 4% and increase rapidly
- Early 2022: Energy and food prices spike due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Fed begins its rate hike process
- June 2022: Inflation levels peak at 9% – the highest level in 40 years. S&P 500 index declines more than 20% from peak levels.
- July – September 2022: Fed hikes interest rates aggressively – resulting in an initial recovery in the S&P 500 followed by another sharp decline
- Since October 2022: Fed continues rate hike process; improving market sentiments help S&P500 recoup some of its losses
In contrast, here’s how DISH stock and the broader market performed during the 2007/2008 crisis.
Timeline of 2007-08 Crisis
- 10/1/2007: Approximate pre-crisis peak in S&P 500 index
- 9/1/2008 – 10/1/2008: Accelerated market decline corresponding to Lehman bankruptcy filing (9/15/08)
- 3/1/2009: Approximate bottoming out of S&P 500 index
- 12/31/2009: Initial recovery to levels before accelerated decline (around 9/1/2008)
DISH and S&P 500 Performance During 2007-08 Crisis
DISH stock declined from nearly $38 in September 2007 (pre-crisis peak) to $11 in March 2009 (as the markets bottomed out), implying DISH stock lost almost 71% of its pre-crisis value. It recovered post the 2008 crisis to levels of around $21 in early 2010, rising roughly 84% between March 2009 and January 2010. The S&P 500 Index saw a decline of 51%, falling from levels of 1,540 in September 2007 to 757 in March 2009. It then rallied 48% between March 2009 and January 2010 to reach levels of 1,124.
DISH Fundamentals Over Recent Years
DISH revenues rose from $12.8 billion in 2019 to $17.9 billion in 2021, driven in part by the company’s wireless acquisitions. Dish acquired Boost Mobile and Ting Mobile in 2020, and Republic Wireless in 2021. However, revenue declined in 2022, due to continued subscriber losses at Dish’s pay-TV operations and the shutdown of T-Mobile’s CDMA Network on which Dish had MVNO customers. Net income has risen from around $1.76 billion in 2020 to about $2.30 billion in 2022.
With the Fed’s efforts to tame runaway inflation rates helping market sentiment, we believe Dish Networks (DISH) stock has the potential for strong gains once fears of a potential recession are allayed.
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