Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is an online retailer that sells a variety of books, music, electronics, and apparel across North America, Europe, and Asia. The company primarily competes with other online retailers like eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) in addition to traditional brick and mortar players like Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and Costco (NASDAQ:COST).
Amazon’s stock has climbed from the lows of $38 in 2008 to $185 today. Based on the strong on-going shift towards online retail spending and Amazon’s growing share in merchandise outside of its traditional books and media business, we have raised our estimate for Amazon stock substantially from $107 to $182, putting our number in line with market price. We estimate that 68% of Amazon’s stock value is generated by electronics and general merchandise sales. Below we highlight a few key trends for Amazon in detail.
Shift to Online Retail Spending
Amazon benefits from 1) a shift towards more retail spending occurring online and 2) growing retail market share among online retailers. We now expect that nearly 26% of retail spending on electronics and general merchandise in the US will occur online by the end of our forecast period, which is up from 16% estimated earlier.
The shift towards online spending not only benefits pure online retailers like Amazon and eBay, but also more traditional retailers like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Costco, who have stepped up their efforts in order to boost their online business.
Similarly, we now expect that about 14% of international retail spending on electronics and general merchandise will occur online by the end of our forecast period, which is up from 8% estimated earlier.
Rising Amazon Share in Electronics & General Merchandise Market
We forecast that Amazon’s US online EGM share will increase from just under 8% in 2011 to nearly 14% by the end of our forecast period. Previously, we had expected lower share for Amazon in this market with share reaching around 10% by the end of our forecast period.
Since the online US EGM market is very large (around $150 billion expected in 2010), small differences in share have a large impact on valuation.
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