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Slack Hit With Out-Of-The-Gate Underperform Rating

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Slack Hit With Out-Of-The-Gate Underperform Rating

Slack Hit With Out-Of-The-Gate Underperform Rating

Shares of Slack Technologies slackened a bit on Friday after the company received an out-of-the-gate underperform rating and a one-year price target more than 30% below its current level from Wedbush Securities as the firm expects Microsoft to prove a formidable rival to the instant-messaging and file-sharing platform.

Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives initiated Slack, which went public in mid-June at $26 a share, with a price target of $14.

That's a 31% drop from its current price and less than half the FactSet consensus price target of $31.25.

The stock has traded as high as $42, triple Wedbush's target.

"The Slack solution is impressive and represents a strong growth opportunity," Ives said in a research note.

"[However,] we believe penetrating this next phase of enterprises will be incrementally more difficult as the Microsoft/Teams value proposition presents a major competitive hurdle going forward." Slack, for its part, recently disclosed having more than 12 million daily active users, up about 20% from 10 million at the start of the year and up 50% from 8 million in mid-2018.

The company also reported that among paid customers, users on average spent "about 90 minutes per workday actively using Slack." To be sure, TheStreet's Jim Cramer, in a recent Mad Money lightning round, provided a more upbeat assessment of Slack: "This is a very good company.

I think you'll be fine, but be careful," he said.

Shares of Slack were down 2% at $19.94 on the New York Stock Exchange.

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