DJ Under Armour Calls Timeout on Its Big NFL Deal -- Barrons.com
On Sunday, as Americans tune into Super Bowl LV -- Brady versus Mahomes -- sportswear brand Under Armour will be leaving the field. The Financial Times reported recently that the company would end its on-field licensing deal with the National Football League, while contracts between individuals and Under Armour would be reevaluated before next season. Under Armour's senior vice president of global sports marketing, Sean Eggert, confirmed that the contract wouldn't be renewed. "We are in active conversations with the NFL to determine alternative opportunities that best serve athletes moving forward and to ensure the best [return on investment] for Under Armour," he said in a statement.
The move is part of Under Armour's restructuring, which began before the pandemic, and has meant exiting contracts with major college programs and Major League Baseball.
On Wall Street, that's good news. Only a quarter of analysts are bullish on the shares, according to FactSet, yet recent results have increased confidence that the company is rebounding from pricey deals, accounting questions, and lackluster performance. Under Armour scored two upgrades in January, and its stock is up 18.4% to $17.74 for the week and still down 1.3% for the year.
Jefferies' Randal Konik reiterated a Buy rating this past week, while raising his price target by $2, to $25. He writes that while Nike continues to dominate in times when comfort and athleisure reign, its shares have gotten rich. In contrast, Under Armour benefits from the same factors, and is "well-positioned for global long-term growth," as management works to improve inventory and distribution "and turn to the offensive."
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