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EQUITY RESEARCH INITIATION John Tinker (212) 895-3735 [email protected] Kevin Rippey (212) 895-3619 [email protected] Media SFXE - NASDAQ September 17, 2014 Closing Price 09/17/2014 $6.36 Rating: Buy 12-Month Target Price: $9.00 52-Week Range: $5.41 - $13.39 Market Cap ($M): $562 Shares O/S: 89 Float: 53.9% Avg. Daily Volume (000): 550 Dividend Yield: 0.00% Dividend: $0.00 Fiscal Year End: December Revenue ($M) 2013A 2014E 2015E 1Q 40 38A 42 2Q 70 82A 103 3Q 114 165 206 4Q 93 136 141 FY 316 421 491 EBITDA ($M) 2013A 2014E 2015E 1Q 7 (11)A (3) 2Q 2 (12)A (11) 3Q 17 32 53 4Q 26 32 44 FY 52 41 84 EV/EBITDA 2013A 2014E 2015E NM 17.2x 8.1x 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 Nov-13 Jan-14 Mar-14 May-14 Jul-14 Sep-14 20 15 10 5 0 Price Volume Volume (MM) Price (USD) SFXE Source: Factset SFX Entertainment Inc. Buy Millennial Music & Marketing; Initiating Coverage of SFX Entertainment Inc. with Buy Rating and $9 Price Target Summary We believe SFXE is a pure-play on elusive global Millennial media consumption and a shift in marketing budgets as consumer brands seek new ways to reach consumers in their 20s. Non-traditional CEO Bob Sillerman has a long successful entrepreneurial history of building businesses and then selling them. Current signed sponsorship partnerships are anticipated to generate high margin $50M-$60M in sponsorship revenue over the next 12 months with upside if performance benchmarks are hit. Cash generating ability of SFXE's festival brands obscured by start up costs associated with the ramp to 78 festivals in 2014 from 45 festivals in 2013. At 5.7x 2016 EV/EBITDA, we see a compelling risk/reward in SFXE shares as we anticipate EBITDA of $105M in 2016 compared to our 2014 estimate of $41M. Details We are initiating coverage of SFXE with a Buy recommendation. SFXE has fallen ~50% since its IPO in the Fall of 2013 as investors have sold shares as its business model evolved from a simple roll up story to a build out of festival brands as a marketing platform targeted at Millennials. We forecast a secular shift in the ~$2.6B of global live music sponsorship budgets toward Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals as brands seek new ways to engage with difficult to reach Millennials. We believe that by 2016 EDM should comprise 8% of total live global sponsorship budgets, or $208M. SFXE has announced sponsorship agreements with sponsors in three of the top six key categories including Anheuser-Busch-InBev, MasterCard and T-Mobile. Under currently signed deals SFXE expects to generate sponsorship revenue of $50M- $60M over the next 12 months compared to near zero over the previous 12 months. The build out of festival brands across new geographies and the associated costs of expanding festival footprints has obscured the cash generating ability of major festival brands. SFXE has expanded its festival line to a planned 78 in 2014 from 45 in 2013. The opex associated with expanding its festival footprint has in our view masked the cash generating ability of SFXE's festivals and dropped estimated EDITDA to $41M this year from pro-forma $52M in 2013. We forecast EBITDA growing 104% to $84M in 2015 and 25% in 2016 to $105M as EBITDA margins approach high teens compared to low-single digit margins for traditional concerts. Our $9 SFXE price target is based on an 8x multiple on our $105M 2016 EBITDA estimate. We believe the stock provides a compelling risk reward given it currently trades at 5.7x our 2016 EV/EBITDA estimates. We believe there is upside to our target 8x multiple as SFXE de-risks with additional sponsorship commitments over the next 12-18 months. Investors who prefer a broad based portfolio should consider owning Live Nation, trading at 8.5x 2015 EBITDA. Investors in Madison Square Garden (trading at 11.6x FY16) focused on MSG's next acquisition, might consider SFXE as a potential target. SEE PAGES 17 - 20 FOR IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES AND DISCLAIMERS

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  • EQUITY RESEARCHINITIATION

    John Tinker(212) [email protected]

    Kevin Rippey(212) [email protected]

    Media

    SFXE - NASDAQ September 17, 2014Closing Price 09/17/2014 $6.36Rating: Buy12-Month Target Price: $9.0052-Week Range: $5.41 - $13.39Market Cap ($M): $562Shares O/S: 89Float: 53.9%Avg. Daily Volume (000): 550Dividend Yield: 0.00%Dividend: $0.00Fiscal Year End: December

    Revenue ($M) 2013A 2014E 2015E1Q 40 38A 422Q 70 82A 1033Q 114 165 2064Q 93 136 141FY 316 421 491

    EBITDA ($M) 2013A 2014E 2015E1Q 7 (11)A (3)2Q 2 (12)A (11)3Q 17 32 534Q 26 32 44FY 52 41 84

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    SFX Entertainment Inc. BuyMillennial Music & Marketing; Initiating Coverage of SFXEntertainment Inc. with Buy Rating and $9 Price Target

    Summary

    • We believe SFXE is a pure-play on elusive global Millennial mediaconsumption and a shift in marketing budgets as consumer brands seek newways to reach consumers in their 20s.

    • Non-traditional CEO Bob Sillerman has a long successful entrepreneurialhistory of building businesses and then selling them.

    • Current signed sponsorship partnerships are anticipated to generate highmargin $50M-$60M in sponsorship revenue over the next 12 months withupside if performance benchmarks are hit.

    • Cash generating ability of SFXE's festival brands obscured by start up costsassociated with the ramp to 78 festivals in 2014 from 45 festivals in 2013.

    • At 5.7x 2016 EV/EBITDA, we see a compelling risk/reward in SFXE shares aswe anticipate EBITDA of $105M in 2016 compared to our 2014 estimate of$41M.

    Details

    We are initiating coverage of SFXE with a Buy recommendation. SFXE hasfallen ~50% since its IPO in the Fall of 2013 as investors have sold shares as itsbusiness model evolved from a simple roll up story to a build out of festival brandsas a marketing platform targeted at Millennials.

    We forecast a secular shift in the ~$2.6B of global live music sponsorshipbudgets toward Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals as brands seek newways to engage with difficult to reach Millennials. We believe that by 2016EDM should comprise 8% of total live global sponsorship budgets, or $208M.SFXE has announced sponsorship agreements with sponsors in three of the top sixkey categories including Anheuser-Busch-InBev, MasterCard and T-Mobile. Undercurrently signed deals SFXE expects to generate sponsorship revenue of $50M-$60M over the next 12 months compared to near zero over the previous 12 months.

    The build out of festival brands across new geographies and the associatedcosts of expanding festival footprints has obscured the cash generating abilityof major festival brands. SFXE has expanded its festival line to a planned 78 in2014 from 45 in 2013. The opex associated with expanding its festival footprint hasin our view masked the cash generating ability of SFXE's festivals and droppedestimated EDITDA to $41M this year from pro-forma $52M in 2013. We forecastEBITDA growing 104% to $84M in 2015 and 25% in 2016 to $105M as EBITDAmargins approach high teens compared to low-single digit margins for traditionalconcerts.

    Our $9 SFXE price target is based on an 8x multiple on our $105M 2016 EBITDAestimate. We believe the stock provides a compelling risk reward given it currentlytrades at 5.7x our 2016 EV/EBITDA estimates. We believe there is upside to ourtarget 8x multiple as SFXE de-risks with additional sponsorship commitmentsover the next 12-18 months. Investors who prefer a broad based portfolio shouldconsider owning Live Nation, trading at 8.5x 2015 EBITDA. Investors in MadisonSquare Garden (trading at 11.6x FY16) focused on MSG's next acquisition, mightconsider SFXE as a potential target.

    SEE PAGES 17 - 20 FOR IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES AND DISCLAIMERS

  • COMPANY PROFILE

    SFX Entertainment

    430 Park Avenue

    New York, NY 10022

    (646) 561-6400

    Website: www.sfxii.com

    Company Description: SFX Entertainment, Inc. is the largest global producer of live events and digital

    entertainment content focused exclusively on electronic dance music (EDM) and other world-class

    festivals. SFX's mission is to enable EDM by providing fans with live experiences, music discovery, and

    digital connectivity with its content and the broader EDM community. SFX was borne out of the

    technology revolution, as the music industry evolved into DJ and producer-led creations driven by social

    and digital consumer media. SFX produces and promotes a growing portfolio of live events that includes

    leading brands such as Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Mysteryland, Sensation, Stereosonic, Electric

    Zoo, Disco Donnie Presents, Life in Color, Nature One, Mayday, and Ruhr-in-Love. SFX also operates

    Beatport, an online resource for EDM DJs and a trusted destination for the growing EDM community to

    discover and stream music, follow DJs, and keep abreast of news, information and events, in addition to

    offering year-round entertainment to EDM fans around the globe through other digital assets. SFXE

    cam public in October 2013 at $13 a share and raised $240M.

    Robert F.X. Sillerman: Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Sillerman has

    served as Chairman of the Board and CEO since the company’s inception. He was the Executive

    Chairman, a Member of the Office of the Chairman, and a director of the original SFX—SFX

    Entertainment Inc., a company that owned and operated live entertainment venues—from its formation

    in December 1997 through its sale to Clear Channel in August 2000 for $4.4B. previously Mr. had built

    and sold SFX Broadcasting, a radio station operator for $2.1B. Mr. Sillerman also served as the Chief

    Executive Officer and Chairman of CKX, Inc., a company that owned the rights to Graceland and

    "American Idol", from February 2005 until May 2010. Mr. Sillerman is also Chairman and CEO of Viggle.

    Timothy J. Crowhurst: President. Mr. Crowhurst has been President since June 2013. Prior to joining

    SFX, Mr. Crowhurst founded White Oak, an investment management and corporate advisory firm

    focused on internet, media, and entertainment. Prior to White Oak, Mr. Crowhurst was with Goldman

    Sachs from 1999 through 2012, where, most recently, he served as a Managing Director in the

    Technology, Media, and Telecom Group within the Investment Banking Division.

    Richard Rosenstein: Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Executive Vice

    President. Mr. Rosenstein has been EVP of Corporate Strategy & Development since October 2012.

    He was named Chief Financial Officer in February 2013 and appointed Chief Administrative Officer in

    June 2014. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Rosenstein was Vice President at Baron Capital, Inc., and

    before that, he was Partner at Keel Capital Management LLC, a hedge fund, from 2004 to 2007. Prior to

    2004, Mr. Rosenstein was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he covered media companies

    in equity research.

    Risks:

    EDM proves to be a fad in the U.S.

    SFXE's non-traditional CEO raises concerns.

    SFXE is unable to expand festival brands into new geographies.

    There is a lack of meaningful contribution from new sponsorship categories.

    Consensus estimates fall into line with our estimates.

    Institutional Ownership: 35.9%

    Insider Ownership: 47.9%

    (Source: Bloomberg)

    Balance Sheet Summary ($M):

    (As of March 31, 2014)

    Equity: $244.7

    Assets: $687.5

    Analysts Covering SFXE: 3

    # of Buys: 3

    # of Holds: 0

    # of Sells: 0

    (Excluding Maxim Group LLC)

    Consensus EBITDA Estimates:

    Current Year: $36M

    Next Year: $118M

    Investor Relations Contact:

    Joseph Jaffoni, JCIR

    (212) 835-8500

    [email protected]

    2Maxim Group LLC

    SFX Entertainment Inc. (SFXE)

    http://www.enservco.com/

  • Investment Overview

    Following a ~50% sell-off since going public in 2013, we believe Wall Street is underestimating the

    ability of SFXE's festival brands to generate cash flow as a sponsorship platform. We estimate that, in

    2016, SFXE could generate $105M of EBITDA, up 165% from our 2014 estimate of $41M and down from

    2013's estimated pro forma EBITDA of $53M. In our view, the scale and quality of SFXE's festival brands

    represent a global marketing platform uniquely suited to Millenial media consumption patterns and ideally

    positioned for marketers seeking to connect with the difficult-to-reach demographic.

    SFXE shares are down ~50% since the IPO, as specifics regarding the company's business model and

    strategy have evolved. At the time of the IPO, investors saw potential for immediate top-line growth driven

    by a rollup of a wide range of assets tied to the electronic music genre. This strategy was refined as

    management's focus has been on acquiring and building large multi-day festivals with attendance exceeding

    50,000 (providing more attractive sustainable economics than smaller indoor shows). The build-out of

    additional festivals is focused on taking high-quality and established festival brands into new geographies.

    Despite better economics, the build-out of festival brands in new locations takes time—a particular festival

    only occurs once a year and typically loses money in its first year. The shift in strategy led to initial top- and

    bottom-line estimates proving aggressive.

    While Wall Street's short-term estimates proved to be overly optimistic, we believe the medium- and longer-

    term organic growth story remains intact as the $2.6B in global live entertainment sponsorship budgets

    undergo a secular shift towards EDM festivals (given these events represent a unique channel to reach

    Millennials).

    We believe announcements about new sponsorship partners in addition to SFXE's current agreements with

    AB InBev, MasterCard, and T-Mobile will be near-term catalysts. New major sponsorship deals could likely

    come from a spirits, soda, or automotive brand sponsor, as these categories round out the top six live music

    sponsor categories. New agreements would complement the current $50M-$60M in run rate sponsorship

    revenue. These high-margin sponsorship agreements are particularly attractive given they help smooth out

    the seasonality in SFXE's core festival business, which generates more than 70% of revenue in the second

    half of the calendar year.

    We understand that some investors may take issue with SFXE's non-traditional CEO; however, we note that

    Mr. Sillerman has a long track record of being a shrewd dealmaker—particularly when he sold the original

    SFX Entertainment (and precursor to Live Nation) to Clear Channel for $4.4B in 2000. The sale of the

    original SFX could provide a roadmap for an ultimate sale of SFXE in its current form.

    3Maxim Group LLC

    SFX Entertainment Inc. (SFXE)

  • Sponsorship

    Figure 1: Music Sponsorship Market

    Source: IEG and Maxim Group Estimates

    The primary driver of our positive outlook on SFXE is our expectation that global EDM sponsorship

    spend should grow ~160% to $240M by 2016 from an estimated $90M in 2014. EDM sponsorship

    should represent 8% of the $3B in total global live music sponsorship by 2016, compared to 3.5% of

    2014's $2.6B market. We forecast that SFXE should be able to capture ~35% of this market in 2016,

    or $85M.

    In perspective, we anticipate that LYV should generate 2014 sponsorship revenues of $320M (+13% y/y),

    with EDM-related sponsorship representing only a mid-single digit percentage of this total while driving an

    estimated third of the growth in LYV's sponsorship business.

    Current Sponsors

    As of Q2, SFXE has qualified marketing agreements (QMDs) with top-tier sponsors including:

    Anheuser-Busch InBev (EBR: ABI - $87.82 - NR)

    iHeartMedia (CCMO - $8.25 - NR)

    T-Mobile (TMUS - $30.43 - NR)

    MasterCard (MA - $76.22 - NR)

    Syco Entertainment

    Viaggo

    Current QMDs represent a run rate of between $50M and $60M annually. We are encouraged by both

    the quality of current sponsors, as well as the scale of SFXE's partnership agreements.

    For example, SFXE's partnership with AB InBev calls for the creation of a Corona-branded concert series

    featuring top EDM acts with events to be played in Amsterdam, Canada, Ibiza, Mexico, and the UK.

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    SFX Entertainment Inc. (SFXE)

  • Figure 2: Corona SunSets Concert Series, Done in Partnership with SFXE

    Source: Company presentation

    In addition, SFXE has signed MasterCard as its exclusive financial services partner. The relationship should

    allow for the expansion of the cashless payment solution that SFXE rolled out at this year's Mysteryland.

    In place of a traditional concert ticket, Mysteryland attendees received an RFID bracelet used for admission

    and cashless payments during the three-day festival. The introduction of cashless payments generated

    significant lift in per capita concession and merchandise spend, with many attendees leaving money on the

    bracelets. Cashless bracelets are planned to be rolled out across SFXE's other festivals throughout this

    year.

    Figure 3: Festival RFID bracelets, featuring cashless payments, rolled out at this year's Mysteryland

    with MasterCard as SFXE's financial services sponsor

    Source: Company presentation

    Sponsorship Growth Drivers

    From an industry level, the growth in EDM sponsorship spend should be a function of a shift in sponsorship

    budgets, as attendance at EDM festivals represents the majority of growth in live music event attendance. It

    should also be a function of increased focus on music sponsorship as an effective means of marketing to

    Millenials.

    We expect SFXE to see sponsorship growth driven by both the increased scale of existing partnerships and

    the addition of new partnerships with brands in other key live music sponsorship categories (which could

    include spirits, soft drinks, and automotive brands).

    5Maxim Group LLC

    SFX Entertainment Inc. (SFXE)

  • Figure 4: Sponsorship Resonates Most Effectively with 18- to 35-Year-Old Consumers

    Source: IEG

    Among all demographics, we note that sponsorship resonates most effectively with EDM’s core audience of

    18- to 35-year-olds. Critical to marketers, the sponsorship reach of EDM festivals goes well beyond the

    reach of the three days in which a particular audience attends the event. Per Eventbrite research in a study

    of 70M social media posts, attendees of EDM events share on average 25 photos and 5 videos of their

    experience.

    Figure 5: Audience Engagement

    Source: Eventbrite

    In addition to attendee-generated content, the official movies of these shows are huge draws on YouTube.

    The “after video” of last year's Tomorrowland festival has generated 79M YouTube views to date.

    The crossover between the actual event and social platforms creates a unique platform for

    marketers as social engagement extends the reach of brands beyond a sponsored event.

    6Maxim Group LLC

    SFX Entertainment Inc. (SFXE)

  • Figure 6: Sponsorship Reach Extends from Concert Experience to Social Media

    Source: YouTube and Facebook

    We note that SFXE has locked in agreements with beer (AB InBev), telecom service (T-Mobile), and

    financial services companies (MasterCard), but has yet to sign deals with a spirits, soft drink, or automotive

    category partner. We would look for the addition of partners in these categories to be a key driver of SFXE

    achieving our $85M sponsorship revenue forecast for 2016. Given the current $50M-$60M in sponsorship

    run rate revenues, there could be upside to our $85M estimate if SFXE is able to establish partnerships in all

    of these categories at a scale similar to recent sponsorship agreements.

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    7Maxim Group LLC

    SFX Entertainment Inc. (SFXE)

  • EDM Festival Economics

    Figure 9: Google Trends—Artists vs. Concerts

    Source: Google Trends

    The primary difference between festivals and traditional concerts from an economic perspective is

    that the primary driver of attendance for festivals is the festival brand itself rather than the artists.

    The implication is that the owner of the festival—instead of the artists—is able to capture the majority of the

    value created by the event.

    In the figure above, we show the interest in an artist relative to a live event using Google trends as a proxy.

    Figure 9 shows that Tomorrowland consistently generates more interest than Calvin Harris and David

    Guetta—the top two DJs in the world in terms of 2013 earnings per Forbes. Moreover, interest in

    Tomorrowland spikes as the show approaches. By contrast, Jay-Z and Beyonce generate far more interest

    than their On the Run Tour.

    The benefits to festival owners vis-à-vis traditional concert promoters are two-fold. First, the DJs cost relative

    to the overall ticket sales is dramatically less. Under the festival model, performers are paid a flat rate as the

    festival promoters pay for production. This model compares to traditional concerts where a major artist pays

    for the production in exchange for nearly all the box office. Concert promotion typically generates low-single

    digit EBITDA margins. By contrast, EDM festival margins are estimated in the low 20s. Secondly, tickets to

    brand-name festivals can be presold before a finalized performance lineup is announced, giving festival

    owners working capital advantages relative to the traditional concert promotion business where the artist

    may even receive a guarantee

    8Maxim Group LLC

    SFX Entertainment Inc. (SFXE)

  • The key drawback of festivals is that festival brands, like any other brand, require investment to build. As a

    result, festivals have a difficult time breaking even in the first year, even if they are tied to an established

    festival brand. For example, Patrick Moxey's Ultra has expanded its brand from its original location in Miami

    to include separate festivals in Buenos Aires, Korea, Europe, Japan, Chile, South Africa, and Brazil.

    Figure 10: Top EDM festival ranked by total attendance

    Source: Maxim Group Estimates (Figure 10 was updated on 9/24/2014 to correct an error in the original data)

    Combined, SFXE and LYV control 15 of the top 34 EDM festivals. We anticipate SFXE and LYV coming

    to represent even more of the top festivals, as they are able to scale established brands across new

    geographies. Additionally, we forecast each company capturing a disproportionate amount of total

    sponsorship budgets given the ability to cross-sell brands and create integrated marketing

    campaigns for sponsors.

    There remains an opportunity to roll up some of the lesser-known EDM festivals. The most attractive

    acquisition candidates are likely those festivals that are lesser known in geographies where established

    brands do not have a presence. This type of acquisition allows for the extension of well-known brands with

    existing management teams to provide expertise in local markets.

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    White Wonderland (U.S.)

    Digital Dreams (Canada)

    EDC Puerto Rico (U.S.)

    EDC Orlando (U.S.)

    Time Warp (Germany)

    Dance Valley (Netherlands)

    Paradiso (U.S.)

    Nocturnal Wonderland (U.S.)

    Global Gathering (U.K.)

    HARD Day of the Dead (U.S.)

    Mysteryland (U.S.)

    HARD Summer (U.S.)

    Spring Awakening (U.S.)

    Sonar (Spain)

    Electric Zoo (U.S.)

    Beyond Wonderland (U.S.)

    Escape from Wonderland (U.S.)

    EDC New York (U.S.)

    Sunburn Festival (India)

    Tomorrowworld (U.S.)

    Decibel (U.S.)

    Electric Forest (U.S.)

    Movement Electronic Music Festival (U.S.)

    Ultra Music Festival Miami (U.S.)

    Tomorrowland (Belgium)

    Nature One (Germany)

    Sensation (Multiple)

    Future Music Festival (Australia)

    Creamfields (U.K.)

    Stereosonic (Australia)

    T in the Park (U.K.)

    EDC Las Vegas (U.S.)

    Coachella (U.S.)

    EDM Festivals by Total Attendance

    LYV SFXEIndependent

    9Maxim Group LLC

    SFX Entertainment Inc. (SFXE)

  • We see it as less likely that a brand like Coachella or Ultra could be acquired on favorable economic terms

    as these owners have already established their brands, making an accretive acquisition difficult in the

    current environment.

    Among the largest festivals not controlled by SFXE or LYV, we estimate that Coachella, owned by AEG,

    generated $75M in revenue across two weekends in 2014, with total attendance of 580k.

    Ultra is owned by EDM mogul Patrick Moxey. Ultra's Miami music festival hosted 330k attendance days in

    one weekend in 2014, after hosting two weekends in the previous two years. The Ultra brand is extending

    internationally with Ultra-branded festivals rolling out in Argentina, Croatia, Japan, Ibiza, and Chile in 2014,

    as well as additional dates in South Africa and South Korea planned for 2015.

    Attendance Growth Dynamics

    We view multi-day festivals as an alternative to traditional vacations for Millennials, who, as a demographic,

    have significantly less financial resources than previous generations. The NBER estimates that the median

    liquid wealth of individuals under 35 stands at $10k, the lowest level since 1962.

    With the average vacation running $1,145, it remains out of reach for the majority of Millenials. We

    see the prohibitive cost of a traditional vacation being a driving factor of demand for EDM festivals.

    At ~$500—including festival passes, camping, concession, and merchandise—festivals represent a

    compelling alternative to a traditional vacation, allowing festival goers a close-to-home escape from the daily

    grind at a reasonable price.

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    SFX Entertainment Inc. (SFXE)

  • We believe that EDM's appeal shrinks as the audience enters their 30s (much to the relief of investors with

    children!). In our view, only a smaller niche of diehard fans will continue attending festivals beyond the age

    of 30, and EDM festivals are unlikely to age with their audience like U2 and The Rolling Stones concerts

    have. The positive take away from this dynamic is that it decreases the likelihood that an aging audience

    discourages attendance of new young fans. Additionally, it should provide marketers with a level of

    confidence that long-term sponsorship deals are likely to continue reaching a targeted demographic over the

    life of the agreement.

    Beatport

    Figure 13: Beatport Primarily a B2B Platform

    Source: Beatport Website

    Beatport provides high fidelity downloadable tracks primarily for use by professional DJs looking to create

    mixes for live shows. While Beatport dominates the niche market for professional quality EDM track

    downloads, the platform has limited mainstream appeal as music consumption moves towards streaming

    platforms such as Pandora Spotify, and Soundcloud. The launch of the redesigned Beatport and launch of

    mobile app should allow for expansion of Beatport beyond its current desktop exclusive offering.

    We believe that there is option value for SFXE to expand Beatport into a more consumer-focused offering

    given the site has 50M registered users. SFXE acquired Beatport for $50M in February of 2013—or ~1x

    revenue.

    Revenue growth accelerated in 2Q14 to 69% y/y, with sales reaching $21M in the quarter. We estimate that

    Beatport revenues could approach $100M by 2016 (compared to our estimate of $80M for 2014).

    11Maxim Group LLC

    SFX Entertainment Inc. (SFXE)

  • Financials and Model

    Figure 14:

    Source: Company Reports, Maxim Group Estimates

    Note: Q3 and Q4 2013 based on estimated pro forma results to include recently acquired festivals

    Festivals and Events (Services)

    We view the primary driver of SFXE's business model to be the addition and extension of new festival

    brands. More festivals should expand SFXE's high-margin sponsorship platform. We forecast that SFXE

    should be able to grow the number of festivals in the mid-single digits over the next two years and forecast

    the company producing 91 festivals in 2016. We anticipate total attendance days reaching 5M by 2016

    compared to our 2015 and 2014 estimates of 4.3M and 3.5M respectively.

    Revenue per attendance is likely to decline at a mid-single digit rate from $75 as SFXE expands festivals

    into new geographies that carry lower ticket prices than those in the U.S. and Europe. We believe that

    management should be able to "right-size" festivals in new geographies in order to provide margins similar

    or better than festivals in the U.S. and Europe after their first year (during which festivals typically lose

    money due to launch costs and establishing a brand in a new geography).

    We forecast other event revenue—which includes smaller-scale concerts—to decline at a 20% annual rate

    through 2016, as SFXE looks to eliminate one-off events that carry challenging economics. We believe

    management is looking to consolidate smaller shows into larger festival-type events in order to increase

    profitability.

    On a standalone basis, we believe that live event gross margins should improve as festival brands mature

    across geographies. As the rate of new festival additions slows over the next two years, startup costs should

    mitigate, driving margins higher. We forecast that by 2016, live event gross margins should reach 32.5%—

    up from 25.2% in our 2014 forecast.

    Income Statement Model for SFX Entertainment Inc.

    Q1 2013 Q2 2013 Q3 2013 Q4 2013 FY 2013 Q1 2014A Q2 2014A Q3 2014E Q4 2014E FY 2014E FY 2015E FY 2016E

    Pro Forma Revenue

    Services

    Festivals 2 7 21 15 45 9 17 30 22 78 84 91

    (% change y/y) 350.0% 142.9% 42.9% 46.7% 73.3% 7.7% 8.3%

    (% change q/q) -80.0% 88.9% 76.5% -26.7%

    Attendance per festival 19,805.0 26,225.7 42,857.1 38,000.0 37,626.4 19,444.4 39,705.9 55,714.3 43,700.0 44,651.6 50,622.9 54,912.3

    (% change y/y) -1.8% 51.4% 30.0% 15.0% 18.7% 13.4% 8.5%

    (% change q/q) 32.4% 63.4% -11.3% -48.3% 104.2% 40.3% -21.6%

    Total Festival Attendance 39,610 183,580 900,000 570,000 1,693,190 175,000 675,000 1,671,429 961,400 3,482,829 4,252,325 4,997,023

    (% change y/y) 341.8% 267.7% 85.7% 68.7% 105.7% 22.1% 17.5%

    (% change q/q) 363.5% 390.2% -36.7% -69.3% 285.7% 147.6% -42.5%

    Average rev/fest. attendee 92.6 101.6 97.8 109.3 $102.0 $55.5 $60.9 $73.3 $92.9 $75.4 $71.2 $67.6

    (% change y/y) -40.0% -40.0% -25.0% -15.0% -26.0% -5.6% -5.1%

    (% change q/q) 9.7% -3.7% 11.8% -49.2% 9.7% 20.3% 26.7%

    Total Festival Revenue 3.7 18.6 88.0 62.3 172.6 9.7 41.1 122.6 89.3 262.8 303.0 337.8

    (% change y/y) 165.1% 120.6% 39.3% 43.4% 52.2% 15.3% 11.5%

    (% change q/q) 408.5% 372.0% -29.2% -84.4% 323.2% 198.0% -27.1%

    Other Event revenue 24.0 28.4 11.8 16.7 80.9 16.2 20.2 9.4 13.3 59.1 47.3 37.8

    (% change y/y) -32.6% -29.1% -20.0% -20.0% -26.9% -20.0% -20.0%

    (% change q/q) 18.5% -58.5% 41.1% -2.9% 24.7% -53.2% 41.1%

    Products (Beatport) 12.0 12.3 14.0 13.6 51.9 12.2 20.8 23.1 23.1 79.2 91.1 104.8

    (% change y/y) 7.2% 1.5% 68.9% 65.0% 70.0% 52.5% 15.0% 15.0%

    (% change q/q) 2.5% 13.9% -3.0% -10.5% 70.6% 11.3% 0.0%

    Sponsorship 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.0 10.0 20.0 50.0 85.0

    Total revenue 39.7 69.6 113.8 92.6 315.7 38.1 82.1 165.1 135.8 421.1 491.4 565.4

    (% change y/y) -4.0% 17.9% 45.1% 46.7% 33.4% 16.7% 15.1%

    Pro Forma

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  • Beatport (Products)

    Beatport remains the wildcard in our model. The B2B digital music sales platform dominates the market

    for high quality digital music tracks necessary for DJs to create mixes. While the platform has nice optionality

    in our view, it remains unclear if Beatport will gain traction with a wider consumer audience. We forecast

    Beatport revenue reaching $100M by 2016 on organic sales growth and increased advertising.

    We estimate that Beatport margins should remain relatively stable near 35% through 2016 as Beatport

    receives a rev share on sales made on the platform. If SFXE is able to establish Beatport as a more B2C

    offering, these margins could expand.

    Sponsorship

    We are forecasting sponsorship revenue to ramp to $85M by 2016 from a standing start. SFXE

    management has noted that its current sponsorship partnerships have reached a run rate of $50M-$60M.

    We believe that the announcement of new partners—particularly in key live sponsorship categories,

    including spirits, soft drinks, and automobiles—could provide a near-term catalyst to SFXE shares.

    Sponsorship provides attractive economics as it both smoothes out the seasonality in SFXE's business and

    generates margins that exceed 70%.

    Consolidated Results

    We are forecasting EBITDA to reach $105M by 2016, a 25% increase over 2015, which in turn is growing

    104% compared to our 2014 estimate of $42M—a 59% CAGR. Timing within quarters is difficult to judge, as

    EBITDA growth is dependent on the announcement of new sponsorship partners. Additionally, should SFXE

    look to further expand its festival lineup beyond our estimates, the associated start-up costs could prove our

    2016 EBITDA estimates aggressive, with benefits realized in out years beyond our forecast period.

    We are higher than consensus of $36M in 2014 but significantly lower than consensus of $118M in 2015

    and $177M in 2016. We have taken a more conservative view than the Street as we believe it takes longer

    and is more complicated to build a global business than implied by consensus forecasts.

    In a steady state, we estimate that SFXE's business generates EBITDA margins of ~20%, with upside

    possible to management's target of 25% if sponsorship comes to represent a greater proportion of sales mix.

    Worth noting: SFXE is attempting to pursue relatively aggressive accounting with respect to its qualified

    marketing agreements (QMDs), as these deals are structured with performance escalators. SFXE is

    attempting to claim benefits of these performance escalators as they are achieved rather than at the time

    paid.

    Balance Sheet

    SFXE currently has net debt of $162M after issuing $220M in notes in February. Leverage stands at ~3.0x

    net debt to adjusted EBITDA.

    Looking at acquired assets, SFXE has a combined $520M in intangible assets and goodwill. We believe this

    is reflective of the price paid for its series of acquisitions over the past two years. In comparison, SFXE's

    current market cap is $560M. A potential alternative to valuing SFXE is taking the $520M book value of

    acquired assets and layering in the value of potential future sponsorship opportunities.

    This valuation methodology is unconventional, however, it provides a rough guide to the market value of the

    scaled marketing platform that SFXE has created. Ascribing a highly conservative ~6x multiple to our

    estimated 2016 sponsorship EBITDA estimate of $60M (on top of the $520M spent on acquisitions) leads to

    a valuation equivalent to our target 2016 enterprise value of $845M - $9/share. Ascribing a 12x multiple

    would increase our valuation by an additional ~$4/share. The current valuation may explain why Chairman

    and CEO Bob Sillerman has committed to repurchase stock.

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  • Q3 2014 Preview

    We are looking for revenue growth of 45% to $165M from our estimated pro forma 3Q13 revenue of $114M.

    We forecast EBITDA of $32M, +90% y/y compared to $17M in 3Q13. Comparisons are complicated by the

    fact that 2014 does not feature a Rock in Rio festival.

    Figure 15:

    Source: Company Reports, Maxim Group Estimates

    Income Statement Model for SFX Entertainment Inc.

    FY 2013 Q1 2014A Q2 2014A Q3 2014E Q4 2014E FY 2014E Q1 2015E Q2 2015E Q3 2015E Q4 2015E FY 2015E FY 2016E

    Total revenue 315.7 38.1 82.1 165.1 135.8 421.1 42.2 102.6 205.9 140.6 491.4 565.4

    (% change y/y) -4.0% 17.9% 45.1% 46.7% 33.4% 10.8% 25.0% 24.7% 3.6% 16.7% 15.1%

    Consensus estimate 414.8 522.9 603.1

    Direct costs

    Services 184.3 15.1 48.5 95.1 82.1 240.8 16.9 44.0 108.3 71.8 241.0 253.5

    (% of service revenue) 72.7% 58.2% 79.1% 72.0% 80.0% 74.8% 73.0% 69.0% 68.0% 69.0% 68.8% 67.5%

    Services gross profit 69.3 10.8 12.8 37.0 20.5 81.1 6.3 19.8 51.0 32.2 109.3 122.1

    (% change y/y) 54.6% -4.3% 41.7% -10.0% 17.1% -42.2% 54.5% 37.9% 57.0% 34.7% 11.8%

    Products (Beatport) 34.6 7.8 13.0 15.0 15.0 50.8 9.1 15.5 17.3 17.3 59.2 68.1

    (% of product revenue) 66.6% 63.8% 62.6% 65.0% 65.0% 64.2% 65.0% 65.0% 65.0% 65.0% 65.0% 65.0%

    Products gross profit 17.3 4.4 7.8 8.1 8.1 28.4 4.9 8.4 9.3 9.3 31.9 36.7

    (% change y/y) 9.1% 87.7% 78.7% 75.0% 63.6% 11.0% 7.6% 15.0% 15.0% 12.3% 15.0%

    Sponsorship 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 3.0 6.0 1.5 4.5 6.0 3.0 15.0 25.5

    (% of sponsorship revenue) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 30.0% 30.0% 30.0% 30.0% 30.0% 30.0% 30.0% 30.0% 30.0%

    Sponsorship gross profit 0.0 0.0 0.0 7.0 7.0 14.0 3.5 10.5 14.0 7.0 35.0 59.5

    Total gross profit 86.6 15.3 20.6 52.1 35.6 123.5 14.7 38.6 74.3 48.6 176.1 218.3

    (% gross margin) 27.4% 40.1% 25.0% 31.5% 26.2% 29.3% 34.7% 37.6% 36.1% 34.5% 35.8% 38.6%

    Operating expenses

    SG&A (73.1) (36.6) (41.9) (29.7) (13.6) (121.9) (27.4) (59.5) (30.9) (14.1) (131.9) (153.1)

    (% of total revenue) 23.2% 96.2% 51.1% 18.0% 10.0% 28.9% 65.0% 58.0% 15.0% 10.0% 26.8% 27.1%

    (% change y/y) -12.8% 66.7% 8.3% 16.0%

    Stock based compensation 39.0 10.0 9.6 10.0 10.0 39.6 10.0 10.0 10.0 10.0 40.0 40.0

    EBITDA 13.5 (21.4) (21.4) 22.3 22.0 1.6 (12.8) (20.9) 43.4 34.5 44.2 65.2

    Adjusted EBITDA 52.5 (11.4) (11.7) 32.3 32.0 41.3 (2.8) (10.9) 53.4 44.5 84.2 105.2

    (% change y/y) -267.0% -597.8% 90.3% 21.7% -21.4% -75.6% -7.1% 65.2% 38.8% 104.1% 24.9%

    (% Adj. EBITDA margin) 4.3% -56.1% -26.0% 13.5% 16.2% 0.4% -30.3% -20.4% 21.1% 24.5% 17.1% 18.6%

    Consensus estimate 35.5 118.1 176.9

    D&A (27.8) (14.7) (16.7) (15.0) (15.0) (61.4) (15.0) (15.0) (15.0) (15.0) (60.0) (60.0)

    Operating income (14.3) (36.0) (38.1) 7.3 7.0 (59.8) (27.8) (35.9) 28.4 19.5 (15.8) 5.2

    Interest expense (23.5) (6.6) (5.7) (5.0) (5.0) (22.2) (5.0) (5.0) (5.0) (5.0) (19.8) (19.8)

    Other income (expense) (0.6) (19.4) 7.6 0.0 0.0 (11.8) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

    Pretax income (38.4) (62.0) (36.2) 2.4 2.1 (93.7) (32.7) (40.9) 23.4 14.5 (35.6) (14.6)

    Provision for income tax (0.5) 3.3 (7.3) 0.0 0.0 (4.0) (1.0) (1.5) (1.5) (1.0) (5.0) (6.0)

    Less: attributable to non-controlling 0.1 0.0

    Net Income (33.3) (58.8) (43.5) 2.4 2.1 (97.9) (33.7) (42.4) 21.9 13.5 (40.6) (20.6)

    Shares outstanding 91.7 86.8 87.6 91.7 91.7 91.7 91.7 91.7 91.7 91.7 91.7 91.7

    EPS (0.36) (0.68) (0.50) 0.03 0.02 (1.13) (0.37) (0.46) 0.24 0.15 (0.44) (0.22)

    Pro Forma Projections

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  • Figure 16: Valuation

    Source: Company Reports, Maxim Group Estimates

    Valuation

    SFXE currently trades at an EV of 8.3x/5.7x our 2015/16 EBITDA estimate of $84M/$105M. The valuation

    compares to LYV trading at 8.5x/7.5x the 2015/16 consensus estimates. In creating a comp set for SFXE,

    we also look at outdoor advertising names including CBS Outdoor (CBSO - $31.52 - NR), which trades at

    11.0x 2016 EBITDA, and Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO - $6.93 - NR), which trades at 9.8x. We believe

    outdoor advertising comps make sense, given the economics behind SFXE's sponsorship business.

    We see SFXE as riskier, given that it’s entirely levered to EDM music. However, EDM’s growth potential is

    far greater than that of LYV or CBSO and CCO, in our view.

    Price Target

    Our $9 SFXE price target is based on an 8x multiple applied to our 2016 EBITDA estimate of $105M. At our

    $9 price target, SFXE trades at 11x 2015 estimates in-line with comps despite higher growth. We believe the

    stock provides a compelling risk reward given it currently trades at 5.7x our 2016 EBITDA estimates. In our

    view there is potential for multiple expansion beyond our target 8x 2016 multiple as SFXE de-risks over the

    next 12-18 months with additional sponsorship commitments and improvement in reported financials.

    Cash reconciliation FY 2013 FY 2014E FY 2015E FY 2016E

    Adj. EBITDA 52.5 41.3 84.2 105.2

    less capex (10.0) (20.0) (20.0) (20.0)

    less change in NWC 0.0 50.1 (30.0) 0.0

    Operating FCF 42.5 71.4 34.2 85.2

    Shares outstanding 91.7 91.7 91.7 91.7

    Op. FCF/share 0.46 0.78 0.37 0.93

    less debt repayment 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

    less earnout payments 0.0 (6.0) (6.0) (6.0)

    Change in cash 33.3 34.3 28.2 79.2

    Beg. Cash 87.8 58.9 93.2 121.5

    End Cash 121.1 93.2 121.5 200.7

    Valuation

    Price 6.35$ 6.35$ 6.35$

    Mkt Cap 582.3 582.3 582.3 582.3

    Debt 97.2 220.5 220.5 220.5

    Less cash 121.1 93.2 121.5 200.7

    Net Debt (23.9) 127.3 99.0 19.8

    EV 681.3 602.1

    EV/Adj. EBITDA NM 17.2 x 8.1 x 5.7 x

    Pro Forma Projections

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  • Figure 17: Consensus Comparable Valuation

    Source: Thomson Reuters

    Name Ticker Mkt Cap bn

    Closing

    price

    Trading

    Volume Weekly QTD YTD 2013 % off hi % off lo 2013E 2014E 2015E 2013A 2014E 2015E 2013A 2014E 2015E 2013A 2014E 2015E Div. Yield

    Op. FCF

    Yield

    Live Nation Entertainment Inc LYV $4,712 $23.50 1.91 3.5% (4.8)% 18.9% 152.4% (7.0)% 39.1% (106.8 x ) NM 98.3 x 12.5 x 11.5 x 10.3 x 1.4 x NM NM 1.2 x 1.4 x 0.9 x 0.0% 8.0%

    Madison Square Garden Co MSG $5,082 $65.83 0.37 1.4% 5.4% 14.3% 48.4% (3.0)% 36.7% 39.9 x 39.8 x 30.3 x 15.8 x 14.9 x 12.4 x 14.2 x 131.3 x 1.0 x 3.7 x 2.6 x 0.6 x 0.0% 6.7%

    Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc CCO $2,532 $7.04 0.10 (1.0)% (13.9)% (30.6)% 0.3% (34.1)% 4.1% (70.4 x ) (100.6 x ) (176.0 x ) 10.5 x 10.7 x 10.1 x 4.2 x 3.4 x 4.1 x 28.9 x (6.9 x ) NM 0.0% 15.5%

    MANCHESTER UNITED PLC MANU $2,582 $15.76 0.15 (3.5)% (9.7)% 1.5% 12.2% (21.1)% 10.5% 17.5 x (788.0 x ) 75.0 x 23.8 x 25.6 x 22.8 x (0.2 x ) NM NM 1.2 x (3.6 x ) NM 0.0% 4.8%

    CBS Outdoor Americas Inc CBSO $3,703 $30.86 1.89 (7.0)% (5.6)% NM NM (13.5)% 10.7% NM 34.3 x 24.1 x NM 12.2 x 11.2 x NM NM 0.6 x NM NM 1.2 x 4.8% 7.4%

    SFX Entertainment Inc SFXE $581 $6.51 0.42 3.8% (19.6)% (45.8)% NM (51.4)% 20.3% (3.8 x ) (5.2 x ) (34.8 x ) (32.6 x ) 15.3 x 4.6 x NM 0.2 x 0.4 x NM NM 0.0 x 0.0% (7.3)%

    Median (1.0)% (5.6)% 7.9% 30.3% (13.5)% 10.7% (26.4 x ) (33.1 x ) 30.3 x 11.2 x 2.8 x 67.3 x 1.0 x 2.5 x (1.1 x ) 0.9 x 0.0% 7.4%

    Standard and Poors (S&P) .SPX-UT ######### N/A NM NM 8.1% 40.1% (0.7)% 21.3% 18.2 x 17.0 x 15.7 x 3.2 x 2.4 x 1.9 x

    Comparable MultiplesStock Performance 52 Week P/E EV/EBITDA PEG EBITDA PEG Yield

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    DISCLOSURES

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    Live Nation Entertainment Inc Rating History as of 09/16/2014

    Buy:$18.0005/08/13

    Buy:$20.0006/13/13

    Buy:$22.0008/07/13

    Buy:$26.0011/05/13

    Buy:$29.0005/07/14

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    Buy:$105.0010/27/11

    Buy:$32.0011/07/11

    Buy:$36.0011/29/11

    Buy:$42.0002/21/12

    Hold:NA05/04/12

    Buy:$52.0011/05/12

    Buy:$70.0002/07/13

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    Pandora Media Inc Rating History as of 09/16/2014

    Hold:NA05/17/13

    Buy:$35.0004/15/14

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    % of CoverageUniverse with Rating

    % of Rating for which FirmProvided Banking Services

    in the Last 12 months

    BuyFundamental metrics and/or identifiable catalysts exist such that weexpect the stock to outperform its relevant index over the next 12 months.

    82% 33%

    HoldFundamental metrics are currently at, or approaching, industry averages.Therefore, we expect this stock to neither significantly outperform norunderperform its relevant index over the next 12 months.

    17% 18%

    SellFundamental metrics and/or identifiable catalysts exist such that weexpect the stock to underperform its relevant index over the next 12months.

    *See valuation section for company specific relevant indices

    2% 0%

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  • I, John Tinker, attest that the views expressed in this research report accurately reflect my personal views about the subject security and issuer.Furthermore, no part of my compensation was, is, or will be directly or indirectly related to the specific recommendation or views expressed inthis research report.

    I, Kevin Rippey, attest that the views expressed in this research report accurately reflect my personal views about the subject security and issuer.Furthermore, no part of my compensation was, is, or will be directly or indirectly related to the specific recommendation or views expressed inthis research report.

    The research analyst(s) primarily responsible for the preparation of this research report have received compensation based upon various factors,including the firm’s total revenues, a portion of which is generated by investment banking activities.

    Maxim Group makes a market in SFX Entertainment Inc., Live Nation Entertainment Inc, The Madison Square Garden Co and PandoraMedia Inc

    Maxim Group expects to receive or intends to seek compensation for investment banking services from SFX Entertainment Inc. in thenext 3 months.

    SFXE:The relevant index for SFX Entertainment is the Russell 3000.LYV:The relevant index for Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. is the Russell 3000MSG:The relevant index for The Madison Square Garden Company is the Russell 3000.P:The relevant index for Pandora Media is the Russell 3000.

    Valuation MethodsSFXE:We value SFXE based on an EV/EBITDA basis in relation to peers.LYV: Our Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. valuation is based on an EV/EBITDA multiple basis relative to its peer group.MSG: The Madison Square Garden Co valuation is based on a forecast EV/EBITDA multiple basis in relation to peers.P: Our Pandora Media, Inc. valuation is based on a price-to-earnings multiple.

    Price Target and Investment RisksSFXE:Aside from general market and other economic risks, other risks particular to our SFX Entertainment rating include: 1) EDM proves to bea fad. 2) Issues related to SFXE's non-traditional CEO. 3) Failure to scale festival brands across new geographies. 4) Failure to add sponsorsin new key categories.LYV: Aside from general market and other economic risks, other risks particular to our Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. rating include: 1) Live Nationis a people driven business – key management leaving could be disruptive. The unprofitability of record companies suggests that they do not havethe resources and are no longer star-making machines. In response, stars now emerge faster, often using social networking. 3) Liberty Media’sChairman Malone, as the developer of the “walled garden,” perhaps understands leverage and scale better than any other media executive. LiveNation may have scale but the key acts may be needed to sell tickets and continue to command uneconomic advances.MSG: Aside from general market and other economic risks, risks particular to our The Madison Square Garden Company rating include: 1) The“Dolan discount” – fan dissatisfaction with Chairman Jim Dolan management of the teams; 2) Higher spending on FUSE network programmingcould lead to further losses at the network; and 3) Increased venue competition with the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.P: Aside from general market and other economic risks, risks particular to our Pandora Media, Inc. rating and price target include: (1) listenersmigrate away from Pandora's service, as it increases ad load, (2) increasing content costs; and (3) increased competition.

    RISK RATINGS

    Risk ratings take into account both fundamental criteria and price volatility.

    Speculative – Fundamental Criteria: This is a risk rating assigned to early-stage companies with minimal to no revenues, lack of earnings, balancesheet concerns, and/or a short operating history. Accordingly, fundamental risk is expected to be significantly above the industry. Price Volatility:Because of the inherent fundamental criteria of the companies falling within this risk category, the price volatility is expected to be significant with thepossibility that the investment could eventually be worthless. Speculative stocks may not be suitable for a significant class of individual investors.

    High – Fundamental Criteria: This is a risk rating assigned to companies having below-average revenue and earnings visibility, negative cashflow, and low market cap or public float. Accordingly, fundamental risk is expected to be above the industry. Price Volatility: The price volatility ofcompanies falling within this category is expected to be above the industry. High-risk stocks may not be suitable for a significant class of individualinvestors.

    Medium – Fundamental Criteria: This is a risk rating assigned to companies that may have average revenue and earnings visibility, positive cashflow, and is fairly liquid. Accordingly, both price volatility and fundamental risk are expected to approximate the industry average.

    Low – Fundamental Criteria: This is a risk rating assigned to companies that may have above-average revenue and earnings visibility, positivecash flow, and is fairly liquid. Accordingly, both price volatility and fundamental risk are expected to be below the industry.

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    Boca Raton, FL 33434

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    New York, NY 10174

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