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July 17, 2014
12:15 EDTSNDK, FIO, NTAP, EMC, HILLSanDisk plummets after Q3 revenue outlook disappoints
Shares of flash memory manufacturer SanDisk (SNDK) are sinking after the company’s third quarter revenue outlook trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, SanDisk reported second quarter adjusted EPS of $1.41 and revenue of $1.63B, beating estimates of $1.39 and $1.6B, respectively. The company said Q2 adjusted gross margin came in at 48%. President and Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Mehrotra commented that SSD solutions comprised 29% of Q2 revenue, compared to 16% in the year ago quarter, "demonstrating strong progress in driving our strategic priorities." Mehrotra said the Q2 results positions the company to deliver a record year in 2014. WHAT’S NOTABLE: SanDisk forecast Q3 revenue of $1.675B-$1.725B, below consensus estimates of $1.74B. The comapny also guided Q3 adjusted gross margin at 47%-49%. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it expects the second half of 2014 to be "somewhat supply constrained." The company expects the Fusion-io (FIO) deal to close in Q3, and sees it being accretive to earnings in the second half of fiscal 2015, though initial synergies will be "modest." SanDisk sees fiscal year 2014 cash capital expenditures of approximately $600M and is still targeting returning 100% of free cash flow to shareholders. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mostly positive. Research firm Piper Jaffray said SanDisk’s post-earnings pull back represents a buying opportunity. The firm, which reiterated an Overweight rating with a $110 price target, believes favorable trends for 2015 remain intact. BofA/Merrill reiterated its Buy rating and $125 price target on the shares. Conversely, Summit Research said it believes SanDisk's valuation is stretched and priced to perfection. The firm believes margins have peaked and 3D NAND issues remain a concern. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, SanDisk fell $13.72 or about 12.64%, to $94.20 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s pull back, the stock has gained approximately 59% over the past twelve months, and 34% year to date. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that produce memory include NetApp (NTAP), EMC (EMC) and Dot Hill Systems (HILL).
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July 16, 2014
16:10 EDTSNDKSanDisk says poised to deliver another record year in 2014
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16:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk announces quarterly dividend of 30c per share
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16:06 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q2 adjusted gross margin 48%
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16:05 EDTSNDKSanDisk reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.41, consensus $1.39
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15:27 EDTSNDKNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:52 EDTSNDKSanDisk July 107 straddle priced for 5.5% move into Q2
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13:44 EDTFIO, SNDKEarnings Preview: Stifel sees SanDisk results, guidance topping expectations
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08:03 EDTFIO, SNDKSanDisk announces expiration of HSR waiting period for Fusion-io purchase
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06:56 EDTSNDKSanDisk volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
SanDisk July call option implied volatility is at 79, August is at 38, October is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement in the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on July 16.
06:16 EDTSNDKSanDisk partners with Rockchip for iNAND solutions, DigiTimes reports
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July 15, 2014
15:45 EDTSNDKSanDisk technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:22 EDTNTAPNetApp expands cloud support with NPS for Azure, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald believes the introduction of NetApp Private Storage for Microsoft Azure provides further validation to NetApp's expanding support for the cloud. The firm views NetApp as the leader amongst storage vendors for public cloud infrastructure. Cantor says the stock is "very inexpensive" and keeps a Buy rating on NetApp with a $45 price target.
09:05 EDTSNDKSanDisk to benefit from Amazon use of flash storage, says Pacific Crest
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08:37 EDTNTAPEquinix and NetApp expand cloud partnership
Equinix (EQIX), and NetApp (NTAP) announced that they are expanding their cloud partnership. The two companies now provide an expanded offering of private storage solutions for the public cloud including NetApp Private Storage for Microsoft Azure, through the Equinix Cloud Exchange, which makes connecting to the cloud simple and convenient.
July 14, 2014
15:38 EDTSNDKSanDisk July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
SanDisk July call option implied volatility is at 64, August is at 37, October is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 30 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement in the expected release of Q2 results after the market close on July 16.
07:31 EDTSNDKSanDisk price target raised to $114 from $95 at Stifel
Stifel raised its price target on SanDisk 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. Stifel believes that demand is shifting towards SanDisk's high valued products, and it keeps a Buy rating.
July 11, 2014
09:31 EDTSNDKSanDisk mentioned cautiously at ITG Research
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09:25 EDTSNDKSanDisk remains a favorite idea at Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research continues to see upside to consensus estimates for SanDisk through 2015. The firm said demand exceeds supply, allowing SanDisk to maximize balanced profitability. Shares are Buy rated.
09:14 EDTSNDKSanDisk has several positive catalysts, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee expects SanDisk (SNDK) to benefit from several developments, including a strengthening high margin retail market and new Apple (AAPL) products that will include embedded MCP and SSDs. The firm expects SanDisk to report solid June quarter results and guide to a stronger September quarter. It keeps a Buy rating.
07:08 EDTSNDKSanDisk July volatility elevated at 58 into Q2 and outlook
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