CSG Systems (CSGS) reports that AT&T is "considering" initiation of arbitration proceedings against it. CS First Boston maintains its strong buy rating on CSG.
Analyst Susan Passoni says this potential arbitration relates to the company's subscriber management system pact with AT&T Broadband. She notes that CSG said AT&T may potentially seek arbitration based on allegations including CSG's failure to provide bundled or aggregated billing services. Passoni says CSG successfully negotiated the issues being raised by AT&T in a previous arbitration. She thinks CSG shares reflect the potential downside from any outcome, and that its management will work out any and all issues with AT&T that will be in CSG shareholders' best interest.