With a recent decline of over 10% in the last few trading days to $148 per share, Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. (MSGS) has fallen into Buy territory and we will begin accumulating shares at this level.
MSGS is a portfolio of sports assets, including the New York Knicks (NBA) and the New York Rangers (NHL).
According to Forbes, the Knicks are the most valuable NBA team, worth $4.6 billion in enterprise value. Similarly, the Rangers are the NHL’s most prized franchise with a value of $1.65 billion. In total, the two teams are worth $6.25 billion or $260 per share.
At Monday’s close, MSGS is valued at 57% of asset value, which appears to be an exciting entry point.
Company Background and Overview
In March of 2020, The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) announced the approval to spin-off its entertainment businesses from its portfolio of sports assets. Upon completion of the transaction in April 2020, MSG became a pure-play sports company and changed its name to Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. The newly formed entertainment company was named Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. (MSGE).
MSGS is home to a collection of the most valuable franchises in professional sports, including the New York Knicks (NBA) and the New York Rangers (NHL).
Other MSGS assets include two development league teams – the Westchester Knicks, which serve as the exclusive G-League affiliate of the Knicks, and the Hartford Wolf Pack, the player development team for the Rangers playing in the American Hockey League (AHL).
In addition, the Company has an established presence in the emerging world of esports through Counter Logic Gaming (CLG), a North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, an NBA 2K League franchise.
Finally, MSGS operates two state-of-the-art performance centers. The Madison Square Garden Training Center in Greenburgh, NY is a 16-acre facility that offers the Knicks, Rangers, and Westchester Knicks a specialized training environment, with dedicated equipment for each team, the latest sports technology to optimize performance, and first-class amenities.
The CLG Performance Center in Los Angeles, CA includes unique competition spaces tailored to the Company’s esports game franchises, as well as a studio and editing bay for video productions and outdoor areas that can be used to hold fan events.
Given the challenging COVID impact on entertainment-based companies like MSGS, recent operating results are poor. However, in our view, the near-term headwinds do not impact the long-term value of the Knicks and Rangers.
Further, MSGS maintains plenty of liquidity to ride out the current storm. The company has $293 million in available liquidity, including $78 million in cash and $215 million in undrawn credit facilities.
MSGS provides an opportunity to own two of the most valuable trophy assets in the world. Forbes values the Knicks and Rangers at $6.25 billion or $260 per share.
As it relates to the appraisals of professional sports teams, Forbes’ estimates carry credibility. Last week, the owner of the New York Mets agreed to sell the team for $2.42