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April 16, 2014
12:39 EDTSNDKEarnings Preview: SanDisk holding up well amid Nasdaq turbulence
SanDisk (SNDK) is set to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, April 16, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. SanDisk is a data storage solutions company that offers flash memory products in removable cards, embedded products, and USB drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting Q1 earnings per share of $1.25 on revenue of $1.49B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 99c-$1.39 on revenue of $1.45B-$1.52B. On its fourth quarter earnings conference call, the company said it sees Q1 revenue of $1.525B-$1.54B, which was in-line with consensus estimates at that time of $1.52B. The company also said it sees Q1 gross margin of 47%-49% and revenue for FY14 of $6.4B-$6.8B. Consensus expectations for FY14 revenue currently stand at $6.66B. LAST QUARTER: SanDisk reported Q4 adjusted EPS of $1.71 on revenue of $1.73B, topping estimates for EPS of $1.58 on revenue of $1.7B. COMPANY NEWS: SanDisk had a number of bits of legal news this quarter, including a February 7 settlement and patent license agreement with the Chip Packaging Solutions subsidiary of Acacia Research (ACTG), resolving pending litigation between the parties. On March 11, SanDisk was awarded $28.5M in its intellectual property dispute with PNY Technologies, and on March 13, the company filed a civil suit against SK Hynix seeking damages and an injunction for trade secret misappropriation. On February 14 in its quarterly filing with the SEC, David Tepper’s Appaloosa Management reported that it liquidated its roughly 400,000 share stake in SanDisk. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed on SanDisk during the quarter. On the day following its Q4 report, SanDisk was downgraded at Needham to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Also following SanDisk’s Q4 report, Argus raised its price target on shares to $80 from $75. Last week, analysts at ISI Group initiated coverage on SanDisk with a Neutral rating at and $87 price target. In a note to investors last Friday, analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said SanDisk’s Q1 results are unlikely to meet consensus. The firm said it is also concerned about the company’s Q2 results missing what it believes are bullish expectations given aggressive pricing from competitors in the NAND flash memory space. BofA/Merrill reiterated its Underperform rating and $65 price target on shares. PRICE ACTION: SanDisk has held up relatively well amid a turbulent quarter for the Nasdaq, gaining about 5% since its Q1 report against the tech index’s 4.5% decline. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report, shares of SanDisk are up more than 1%.
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November 20, 2015
11:45 EDTSNDKNimble Storage plummets to 52-week low after results, guidance trail estimates
Shares of Nimble Storage (NMBL), a flash storage solutions provider, are plunging after the company's third quarter results and fourth quarter outlook significantly trailed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Thursday night after the close, Nimble Storage reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of (14c) and revenue of $80.7M, well below the consensus of (8c) and $87.44M, respectively. Q3 non-GAAP gross margin was 66.9% compared to 67.1% in the prior year period. GUIDANCE: Looking ahead to Q4, Nimble Storage forecast adjusted EPS of (13c)-(11c) and revenue of $87M-$90M, far below the estimates of 0c and $99.2M respectively. EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY: Suresh Vasudevan, Chief Executive Officer of Nimble Storage, noted that the company's enterprise investments were "taking longer to become fully productive" and that the shift in investment from commercial to enterprise business "impacted its commercial revenue growth more than they anticipated." Chief Financial Officer Anup Singh said, "We plan to make some key investments to drive growth that will constrain short-term profitability. We believe our planned investments will improve revenue growth as well as operating leverage over time. We expect that it will take several quarters to realize the impact of these investments and have factored that into our guidance for Q4 FY16." ANALYST REACTION: Friday morning there was a wealth of analyst commentary, with eleven separate firms downgrading Nimble Storage. Conversely, Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski said Nimble Storage was oversold following the company's Q3 miss and push out of its break-even point beyond 2016. Estimates and the stock's valuation have been de-risked, Nowinski told investors in a post-earnings research note. He kept an Overweight rating on the name and lowered his price target for Nimble to $20 from $37. Jefferies analyst James Kisner recommended using the significant pullback in shares of Nimble Storage as a buying opportunity. Despite the missed Q3 revenue and disappointing Q4 guidance, Nimble's hybrid storage technology remains well differentiated and the total addressable market is large, Kisner told investors in a post-earnings research note. He cut his price target for shares to $20 from $33 and kept a Buy rating on the name. After Nimble reported weaker than expected results, Sterne Agee CRT still believes that the company has "a healthy franchise" in the $75,000-$125,000 price range. The firm continues to believe that the company's Hybrid product is differentiated from competing systems. It kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Nimble Storage fell $10.37, or over 50%, to $10.02 on more than seven times its average daily trading volume. As the session unfolds, the stock continues to hit fresh 52-week lows. Over the past 12 months, the stock is down approximately 62%. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other flash storage solutions providers include Pure Storage (PSTG), down 13%, NetApp (NTAP), up fractionally, SanDisk (SNDK), down fractionally, and Violin Memory (VMEM) down over 6%.
November 18, 2015
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November 16, 2015
10:25 EDTSNDKUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
07:39 EDTSNDKNetlist says appeals court upholds validity of LRDIMM patent against Inphi
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