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NII Holdings Gets Downgrades

|Includes: NII Holdings, Inc. (NIHD)

I was hoping for a stornger defense by the analyst community after NIHD fell 18% yesterday following pre-announcement of lower than expected 1Q09 subscriber growth.  The stock caught two downgrades and one analyst who has a buy lowered his price target.  Goldman reiterated the buy noting that the change was minimal relaitve to its own already conservative estimates.  NIHD trades at less than 4 times EBITDA, even assuming EBITDA below current guidance.  I am still not so sure the lower sub growth will translate to lower EBITDA as new subs cost money to acquire including handset subsidies.  Furthermore, the Mexican Peso and Brazilian Real are both much stronger than when NIHD issued its guidance in late February.  I remain torn over NIHD.  Clearly challenges exsits but the stock is awfully cheap esepcially considering that even at new lower sub growth forecast, subs will be up 18-20%.  Can you find similar growth elsewhere?