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August 14, 2014
11:45 EDTNMBL, NTAP, HILL, EMCNetApp rises after earnings beat, Needham upgrade
Shares of storage systems provider NetApp (NTAP) are advancing after the company posted better than expected first quarter results and received positive analyst commentary. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, NetApp reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 60c and revenue of $1.49B, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 57c and $1.47B, respectively. Q1 adjusted gross margin was 64.3%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: NetApp forecast second quarter adjusted EPS of 66c-71c and revenue of $1.49B-$1.59B, compared to consensus of 69c and $1.53B, respectively. For fiscal 2015, the company sees EPS growth just under 10% and revenue growth in the mid-single digits. FY15 adjusted gross margin is seen at 63%-64%. On NetApp's Q1 conference call, management said it was seeing a rebound in enterprise spending in the U.S. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was overwhelmingly positive. Needham upgraded NetApp to Buy from Hold following its strong Q1 report, citing better enterprise spending. Their price target was $49. Two firms, Piper Jaffray and Brean Capital, raised their respective price targets on NetApp and Pacific Crest said NetApp is "'undervalued and underappreciated," noting that the company's Q1 results included 13% earnings growth year-over-year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, NetApp rose $1.47, or 3.7%, to $40.77 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's advance, the stock is down approximately 4% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the storage space include: EMC (EMC), Dot Hill Systems (HILL) and Nimble Storage (NMBL).
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May 21, 2015
06:33 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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May 20, 2015
20:01 EDTNTAPNetApp expects to terminate 500 employees, sees $25M-$35M charge
In a regulatory filing earlier, NetApp reported that on May 19, the company committed to a "realignment." The company expects that the realignment will be implemented through the end of 3Q16. As part of the realignment, NetApp expects to reduce worldwide headcount by approximately 500 employees. The company expects to incur aggregate charges of approximately $25M-$35M for employee terminations and other costs associated with the realignment. NetApp expects that most of these charges will be cash expenditures. The company expects to recognize the majority of these charges 1Q16.
19:02 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: salesforce.com (CRM), up 6.6%... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 4%. ALSO HIGHER: CTPartners (CTP), up 42% after agreeing to exclusive negotiations to be acquired by DHR International. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xunlei (XNET), down 14.9%... NetApp (NTAP), down 8%... Open Text (OTEX), down 7.7%.... Rexnord (RXN), down 7.1%... Synopsys (SNPS), down 1.5%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), down 1.2%. ALSO LOWER: Wave Systems (WAVX), down 8.5% after filing to sell Class A common stock and warrants... OXiGENE (OXGN), down 5.1% after filing mixed securities shelf.
17:50 EDTNTAPNetApp management sees return to growth trajectory in second half of FY16
Management sees a year of strong cash flow generation. OEM revenue ended at less than 10% of FY15 net revenues and normalized to a level of revenue that the company will no longer discuss separately. Management stated that the company is well positioned for the era of cloud computing. Management stated that the company expects to reduce its share count by another 5%. Management stated that it sees operating margins back in range in second half. Comments made during Q4 earnings conference call.
16:20 EDTNTAPNetApp raises quarterly dividend by 9% to 18c per share
NetApp increased the 1Q16 dividend by 9% to 18c per share. The dividend will be paid on July 23, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on July 10.
16:13 EDTNTAPNetApp down 6.3% after reporting Q4 results
16:11 EDTNTAPNetApp sees Q1 EPS 20c-25c, may not compare to consensus 60c
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16:09 EDTNTAPNetApp reports Q4 EPS 65c, consensus 72c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.54B, consensus $1.59B.
15:00 EDTNTAPNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:08 EDTNTAPNetApp technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:37 EDTNTAP, NMBLEarnings Watch: Analysts concerned with competition hurting NetApp results
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May 19, 2015
15:38 EDTNTAPNetApp May volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:41 EDTNTAPNetApp May volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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May 18, 2015
07:27 EDTEMCJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTEMCPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:51 EDTEMCGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:13 EDTEMCThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
May 14, 2015
11:05 EDTHILLDot Hill Systems management to meet with Maxim
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07:43 EDTHILLB. Riley to hold a conference
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06:24 EDTNTAPCiti expects 'lukewarm' Q4 results from NetApp
Citigroup expects NetApp to report "lukewarm" Q4 results on Wednesday amid "soft" underlying storage demand and "modest" currency pressure. The company's sales and earnings are likely to be in-line to a slight miss relative to consensus, Citi believes. The firm says that while the stock's valuation "looks interesting," it keeps a Neutral rating on the name with a $39 price target.
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