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July 16, 2014
13:44 EDTSNDK, FIO, MUEarnings Preview: Stifel sees SanDisk results, guidance topping expectations
SanDisk (SNDK) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, July 16, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. SanDisk manufactures data storage solutions, including removable and embedded Flash memory and solid-state drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.39 on revenue of $1.6B. The consensus range is $1.31-$1.50 for EPS on revenue of $1.58B-$1.64B, according to First Call. With its last report, the company forecast Q2 revenue of $1.55B-$1.63B and Q2 gross margins of 47%-49%. For FY14, the company expects revenue of $6.4B-6.8B, versus consensus of $6.73B. Last quarter, SanDisk raised its FY14 adjusted gross margin outlook to 47%-49% from 45%-48%. LAST QUARTER: On April 16, SanDisk reported first quarter earnings per share of $1.44 and revenue of $1.51B, compared to expectations of $1.25 and $1.49B, respectively. Q1 gross profit as a percentage of revenue came in at 49.7% on a GAAP basis and 51.2% on a non-GAAP basis. NEWS: On June 16, SanDisk announced a definitive agreement to acquire Fusion-io (FIO), a developer of flash-based PCIe hardware and software solutions that enhance application performance in enterprise and hyperscale datacenters. The acquisition will be an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.1B, net of cash assumed. Earlier today, SanDisk announced that the waiting period for U.S. antitrust review of its proposed acquisition of Fusion-io expired last night. The expiration of the HSR waiting period, together with the determination that no pre-merger notifications are required to be filed in Germany, satisfies one of the conditions to close the tender offer, though other conditions remain to be satisfied, the company noted. PEER REPORT: SanDisk peer Micron Technology (MU) reported earnings per share and revenue for its third quarter that surpassed analysts' expectations after the market close on June 23. Micron's Q3 EPS of 79c was 9c higher than expectations, while its Q3 revenue of $3.98B beat analysts' consensus forecast of $3.89B. Revenues for both DRAM and NAND Flash products were down slightly for the quarter compared to last year's results. STREET RESEARCH: The day after SanDisk announced its deal to buy Fusion-io, Sterne Agee increased its price target on SanDisk to $125 from $105. The firm said it thought that Fusion-io can conservatively increase SanDisk's FY15 EPS to about $7 and it kept a Buy rating on SanDisk. More recently, Stifel raised its price target on SanDisk to $114 from $95, as the firm expects the company's June quarter results to beat consensus estimates. The firm predicts that SanDisk's guidance for its September quarter may also beat expectations and believes that demand is shifting towards SanDisk's high valued products. Stifel kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of SanDisk have advanced about 41%. Ahead of tonight's report, SanDisk was up about 1.59% to $107.24 in afternoon trading.
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October 16, 2014
18:36 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:48 EDTSNDK, MUMicron lower by over 1% to $28 after SanDisk Q3 results and guidance
17:35 EDTSNDKSanDisk trades lower after hours, levels to watch
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17:33 EDTSNDKSanDisk continues to trade lower, now down almost 7% after Q4 revenue guidance
17:24 EDTSNDKSanDisk sees Q4 revenue $1.8B-$1.85B, consensus $1.88B
Sees Q4 adjusted gross margin 47%-49%. Guidance from company's Q3 earnings conference call.
17:19 EDTSNDKSanDisk on track for Fusion- io to add to earnings in 2H15
Comment made on company Q3 earnings call.
16:23 EDTSNDKSanDisk lower by 1.5% to $83.75 after Q3 results
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16:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk sees demand for NAND flash continues strong
“Third quarter results reflect the strength of our diversified product portfolio, broad customer engagements and solid execution,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO. “Demand for NAND flash continues to be strong across mobile, client and enterprise, where SanDisk’s innovations are creating significant opportunities. As we focus on closing a record 2014, we also look forward to building upon our success in 2015.”
16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q3 adjusted gross margin 49%
16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q3 EPS $1.45, consensus $1.33
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15:26 EDTSNDKNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:47 EDTSNDK, MUEarnings Preview: Pacific Crest, RBC positive on SanDisk ahead of report
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14:36 EDTSNDKSanDisk October 86 straddle priced for 7.3% move into Q3
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October 15, 2014
15:00 EDTSNDKSanDisk October 84 straddle priced for 7.3% move into Q3
10:02 EDTMUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:19 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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October 14, 2014
07:59 EDTSNDKSanDisk should be bought on weakness, says Pacific Crest
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07:47 EDTSNDKSanDisk October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
SanDisk October call option implied volatility is at 98, November is at 44, January is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 16.
October 13, 2014
06:03 EDTMUStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ MU
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October 12, 2014
17:58 EDTMUMicron shares look more attractive, Barron's says
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