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July 16, 2014
13:44 EDTMU, FIO, SNDKEarnings 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.
News For SNDK;FIO;MU From The Last 14 Days
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December 15, 2014
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:14 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research
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December 12, 2014
06:13 EDTMUMicron in talks to revise supply agreement with Inotera, DigiTimes reports
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December 9, 2014
06:25 EDTMUMicron attempt to renegotiate supply agreement with Inotera, DigiTimes says
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December 8, 2014
07:36 EDTMUMicron December volatility of 31 at low end of historic range
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December 5, 2014
13:55 EDTMUMicron CEO said to be upbeat on DRAM pricing, CNBC's Lee reports
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06:21 EDTMUDRAMeXchange: DRAM spot prices hit 7-month low, DigiTimes says
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06:00 EDTMUMicron management to meet with Wedbush
Meeting to be held in New York on December 8 hosted by Wedbush.
December 4, 2014
06:25 EDTMUPowertech Technology and Micron announce agreement for services in China
Powertech Technology and Micron Technology announced that they have entered into a series of agreements forming the basis of a long-term strategic relationship for assembly and packaging services in Xi'an, China. Under the agreements, Micron will complement its existing test and module manufacturing operations in the Xi'an High Tech Zone through the construction of a new assembly and packaging facility. Upon its completion, PTI will occupy the assembly facility and provide Micron with assembly and packaging services for a period of several years. Reference Link

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