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January 28, 2016
16:18 EDTWDCWestern Digital reports Q2 free cash flow $449M
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16:17 EDTWDCWestern Digital reports Q2 adjusted gross margin 28.5%
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16:16 EDTWDCWestern Digital reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.60, consensus $1.54
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15:19 EDTWDCEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report with analysts upbeat on SanDisk deal
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14:29 EDTWDCNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Microsoft (MSFT), consensus 71c... Amazon (AMZN), consensus $1.56... Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.29... Electronic Arts (EA), consensus $1.81... Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.58... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.54... Visa (V), consensus 68c... Flextronics (FLEX), consensus 31c... NetSuite (N), consensus 4c... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 18c... Synaptics (SYNA), consensus $1.58... Proofpoint (PFPT), consensus (11c).
05:44 EDTLMCASpringOwl calls for Yahoo, Viacom to seek partners, Reuters reports
SpringOwl Asset Management, which holds undisclosed stakes in Yahoo (YHOO) and Viacom (VIA), is urging the boards of both companies to seek investments from strategic partner, Reuters reports, citing an article that is set to be published today. SpringOwl managing director Eric Jackson says that "Although some shareholders of both Yahoo and Viacom think that a simple sale or break-up of both companies is the best way to create value for shareholders, we believe that both companies could benefit from their own version of the 'Buffett Convert,'" and that while stakes of investors would be diluted if an outside investor steps in, but "they would still be better off because their shares would likely get re-rated upwards substantially with this new partner sitting around the board table." Jackson believes Yahoo should seek outside investment from Liberty Media (LMCA), Verizon (VZ) or AT&T (T), while Viacom would benefit from Alibaba (BABA), Amazon (AMZN) or AMC Entertainment (AMC). Reference Link
January 27, 2016
15:10 EDTWDCEarnings Watch: Western Digital deal update focus of SanDisk report
SanDisk (SNDK) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, January 27. SanDisk will not hold a conference call to discuss its financial results in light of the pending acquisition by Western Digital (WDC). SanDisk manufactures data storage solutions, including removable and embedded Flash memory and solid-state drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 89c on revenue of $1.44B. The consensus range is 83c-$1.00 for EPS on revenue of $1.4B-$1.47B, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, SanDisk guided to Q4 revenue of $1.4B-$1.475B and a non-GAAP gross margin 40%-43%. LAST QUARTER: On October 21, SanDisk reported third quarter earnings per share of $1.09 and revenue of $1.45B, compared to expectations of 80c and $1.4B, respectively. NEWS: Along with releasing its earnings report, SanDisk announced a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock that values SanDisk common stock at $86.50 per share, or a total equity value of approximately $19B. If the investment in Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The companies said at the time that the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016. STREET RESEARCH: On December 28, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah said the combined Western Digital-SanDisk company, post an expected merger close in September of this year, can generate FY17 earnings per share of $13-$15. He kept a $150 standalone Western Digital target price and believes that the combined company's shares should trade in a range of $154-$256 post close. On January 6, Pacific Crest analyst Monika Garg called Western Digital her best idea for 2016, stating that the company's pending acquisition of SanDisk "would create a formidable company" and bring significant earnings and cash flow generation. On January 25, CLSA analyst Mark Heller downgraded SanDisk to Underperform due to weakening NAND fundamentals and higher deal risk. The analyst does not believe Western Digital can walk away from the deal due to weakening fundamentals, but is more cautious on Unisplenour's investment in Western Digital. Heller lowered his price target to $70 from $86 on SanDisk shares. The same day, Jefferies analyst James Kisner lowered his estimates for Western Digital and Seagate (STX), citing the weak results and guidance from Nidec and a more conservative approach following the recent selloff in the shares. Western Digital's current valuation fully prices in an "extreme bear case" for the combined Western Digital and SanDisk, Kisner told investors in his research note. The analyst cut his price target for Western Digital to $82 from $95 but kept a Buy rating on the stock. Noting that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States would not grant regulatory clearance for Philips (PHG) to sell an 80.1% interest in Lumileds to China's GO Scale Capital, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said on January 26 that he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate. However, he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk should still go through. This morning, Citi analyst Stanley Kovler initiated coverage of Western Digital with a Buy rating, as the firm is relatively bullish on the company's acquisition of SanDisk. Conversely, Citi started coverage of Seagate (STX) with a Sell rating, saying that actions it has taken to cope with the decline of the sector "may only help so much." Kovler set an $82 price target on SanDisk, a $53 price target on Western Digital and a $23 price target on Seagate. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, SanDisk rose 0.75% to $64.57 per share. Since October 21, shares of SanDisk have declined about 14%. Since that same day, Western Digital shares are down over 41%.
11:13 EDTWDCCiti mixed on hard disk drive makers, says sell Seagate, buy Western Digital
Citi initiated coverage of hard disk drive, or HDD, maker Western Digital (WDC) with a Buy rating, as the firm is relatively bullish on the company's acquisition of flash memory developer SanDisk (SNDK). Conversely, Citi started coverage of the other major hard disk drive maker, Seagate (STX), with a Sell rating, saying that actions it has taken to cope with the decline of the sector "may only help so much." Stating that the sector has begun a decline that should last for quite some time, the firm believes that Western Digital's actions to cope with this situation are more effective than those taken by its competitor. WHAT'S NEW: Western Digital's pending acquisition of SanDisk makes the company more stable, and will raise its margins and profits, according to Citi analyst Stanley Kovler. The deal will increase Western Digital's earnings per share by a greater amount than if the company had continued its shares buybacks, the analyst added. Conversely, Seagate is trying to lower its costs and improve its products and execution, Kovler noted. The company also entered the solid state drive market, he stated. Given Seagate's limited exposure to markets other than HDD and the "malaise" in that market, the company may seek to make a "potentially transformative" acquisition, the analyst stated. But in light of its "limited financial flexibility," such a deal could limit its ability to return cash to shareholders, Kovler warned. Moreover, any acquisition made by the company may not be large enough to "fully transform" Seagate, according to Kovler, who set a $53 price target on Western Digital and a $23 price target on Seagate. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Western Digital fell 1% to $44.83 and Seagate lost 1.6% to $27.29.
10:00 EDTWDCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... CBL & Associates (CBL) initiated with an Underperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Caleres (CAL) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Fitbit (FIT) initiated with a Buy, $35 target at Citi... Genesco (GCO) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Infinera (INFN) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Nabriva Therapeutics (NBRV) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Sell at Citi... Tanger Factory (SKT) initiated with an Underperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Taubman Centers (TCO) initiated with a Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... WP Glimcher (WPG) initiated with an Underperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Yirendai (YRD) initiated with a Buy at Needham.
10:00 EDTREGNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Brown & Brown (BRO) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded at RBC Capital... Gentex (GNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Haverty Furniture (HVT) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Hercules Technology (HTGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Installed Building downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Jarden (JAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... La-Z-Boy (LZB) downgraded at BB&T... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Medivation (MDVN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Priceline (PCLN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... TSYS (TSS) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TopBuild (BLD) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... W.R. Grace (GRA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
07:12 EDTREGNRegeneron downgraded to Hold at Canaccord
As reported previously, Canaccord analyst John Newman downgraded Regeneron to Hold from Buy. The analyst anticipates a slowing trajectory for EYLEA as he believes the boost from Protocol-T has largely been realized and price increases are unlikely due to the deep discount offered by off-label Avastin usage. Newman lowered his price target to $525 from $700 on Regeneron shares.
06:57 EDTREGNRegeneron downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
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06:41 EDTWDCSeagate initiated with a Sell at Citi
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06:38 EDTWDCWestern Digital initiated with a Buy at Citi
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January 26, 2016
15:59 EDTWDCUnisplendour has financing for Western Digital-SanDisk deal, dealReporter says
11:42 EDTWDCOptions with increasing call volume; TEX MTW MTG SEE KBH SNDK WDC VALE VIAB PII
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10:00 EDTSBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded on valuation, 2017 outlook at RBC Capital... America Movil upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BNC Bancorp (BNCN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Casella Waste (CWST) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Cenovus Energy (CVE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Zelman... Edison International (EIX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... First Financial Bancorp (FFBC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hartford Financial (HIG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Heartland Financial (HTLF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... MFA Financial (MFA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... National General (NGHC) upgraded to Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Navios Maritime Partners (NMM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... SBA Communications (SBAC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Sanmina (SANM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Southern Company (SO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI... Southern Copper (SCCO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Vodafone (VOD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
09:30 EDTWDCWestern Digital, SanDisk deal should go through, Summit Research says
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital (WDC) is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate, but he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk (SNDK) should still go through. Additionally, Sundararajan said he believes CFIUS stepping in to block Philips' (PHG) sale of its Lumileds LED and automotive lighting unit to GO Scale Capital is a positive development for Cree (CREE), which should be pleased that a "flood the market" Chinese competitor has not been given the green light.
07:17 EDTSBACSBA Communications upgraded on valuation at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel upgraded SBA Communications to Buy from Hold. The firm upgraded the stock on valuation, as it believes that the stock's decline in response to the news of Sprint (S) potentially building its own network has been overdone. In a worst case scenario, Sprrin't initiative would cause the churn rate of SBA's discounted cash flow to increase by 1.8% annually, according to the firm. The company's valuation would be lowered by $9 per share for each 50 basis points of additional churn, putting the stock's worst case valuation at $91 the firm added. Target $112.
06:16 EDTSBACSBA Communications upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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