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July 16, 2014
13:44 EDTFIO, SNDK, 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.
News For SNDK;FIO;MU From The Last 14 Days
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November 24, 2014
08:33 EDTMUMicron estimates raised on solid DRAM demand at Goldman
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November 19, 2014
10:29 EDTSNDK, MUGoogle now top competitor to Apple, Jefferies says
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08:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk Ventures announces investment in Altair Semiconductor
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November 18, 2014
09:56 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:18 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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08:13 EDTMUMicron announces CFO Foster to retire in 2015
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05:58 EDTMUMicron implied volatility of 32 at lower end of index mean range
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November 17, 2014
09:36 EDTMUActive equity options trading
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06:08 EDTMUMicron implied volatility of 33 at lower end of index mean range
November 14, 2014
16:52 EDTMUGreenlight Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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November 13, 2014
10:01 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:32 EDTSNDKSanDisk upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded SanDisk to Buy saying the weakening in the yen will likely be a positive for margins in 2015. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $106 from $87.
November 12, 2014
05:51 EDTMUMicron checks show stonger than expected DDR4 demand, says Piper Jaffray
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