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February 19, 2014
05:40 EDTSUNESunEdison initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
Target $20.
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November 16, 2015
11:30 EDTSUNELoeb exits SunEdison while Deutsche says liquidity worries overdone
Deutsche Bank said that investors' fears that SunEdison (SUNE) will run out of liquidity are unfounded, as the solar energy company is not poised to suffer any liquidity events. Meanwhile, quarterly filings are showing that several prominent hedge funds have exited or trimmed their stakes in SunEdison and another firm downgraded the shares of a SunEdison subsidiary. LIQUIDITY WORRIES OVERDONE: Investors are worried about SunEdison's liquidity, but these fears are overdone, wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Vishai Shah. Only about $3B of the company's total $12B debt consists of recourse loans, the analyst stated. Additionally, in the near-term, investors are primarily worried about a $510M payment that SunEdison has to make in connection with its acquisition of the company Wind Energy, according to the analyst. Although SunEdison will not be able to sell its wind projects to TerraForm (TERP) due to the "disarray" of alternative energy financing markets, SunEdison will instead drop the projects into one of its warehouses, enabling it to recognize cash margins for the projects, the analyst explained. Additionally, the interest owed by SunEdison's project development company will only amount to about $150M, versus the $210M per quarter shown on its income statement, Shah stated. The discrepancy is due to the consolidation of its subsidiaries and the non-recourse debt it holds, he explained. Shah kept a $28 price target and Buy rating on SunEdison shares. HEDGE FUND UPDATES: Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors lowered its stake in SunEdison last quarter, while Dan Loeb's Third Point sold its entire stake in the solar energy company last quarter, their quarterly filings disclosing their positions as of September 30 revealed. TERRAFORM DOWNGRADE: There is "substantial doubt" about TeraForm's ability to profitably buy assets from SunEdison or third parties, according to UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith. The analyst said he reached this conclusion because of TeraForm's 10%+ dividend yield and deteriorating balance sheet. Given the yieldco's recently revealed need to invest significantly more capital in projects than expected, its balance sheet will be more stressed than he had predicted, the analyst explained. Dumoulin-Smith lowered his price target on TerraForm to $14 from $30 and downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy. ANOTHER TO WATCH: After meeting with First Solar's (FSLR) management last week, Shah wrote today that he was more confident about the company's upcoming products and earnings. Although investors are concerned about the company's 2017 earnings outlook, its 2017 earnings should grow to over $4 per share that year, he believes. Among the factors that will increase First Solar's profits are cost reductions, capacity expansion, and strong backlog growth, he believes. Shah kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SunEdison fell 8% to $4.53, TerraForm sank 9% to $12.56 after earlier reaching a 52-week low of $12.51 earlier in the session and First Solar was fractionally higher at $52.90.
09:59 EDTSUNEOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:37 EDTSUNEActive equity options trading on open
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06:40 EDTSUNEDeutsche does not expect liquidity event for SunEdison
Deutsche Bank analyst Vishal Shah says that based on analysis of recent regulatory filings and company guidance, he does not foresee any liquidity event for SunEdison (SUNE). The company could generate cash in 2016 post earn outs and debt payments, Shah tells investors in a research note. He reiterates a Buy rating on SunEdison following the recent weakness. The analyst has a $28 price target for shares. The developer and seller of photovoltaic energy solutions closed Friday up 39c to $4.93 but is down 35% over the past week. Shah this morning also reiterated a Buy rating on First Solar (FSLR) after meeting with management last week.
05:56 EDTSUNETerraForm Power downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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November 13, 2015
17:04 EDTSUNEThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
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November 12, 2015
16:00 EDTSUNEOptions Update; November 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.28 to 20.18. Option volume leaders: GE AAPL MNKD XOM BAC FB SUNE CSCO NFLX SYF BABA MSFT
14:47 EDTSUNEJPMorgan believes SunEdison can succeed in return to DevCo model
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10:44 EDTSUNEAxiom says sell SunEdison as investor confidence in management wanes
Research firm Axiom downgraded solar energy company SunEdison (SUNE) to Sell from Neutral in a note to investors today, saying that investors no longer trust the company and that its fundamentals look set to deteriorate further. WHAT'S NEW: Investors no longer believe SunEdison's guidance because a number of the company's previous promises have not materialized, Axiom analyst Gordon Johnson II contended. Specifically, on October 7, SunEdison said it would sell 50 megawatts to 70 megawatts of projects to third parties at gross margins of 18%-19%, but in the third quarter it sold 41 MW of projects to third parties at a gross margin of just 9.6%, according to Johnson. Additionally, SunEdison's yieldco, Terraform Power (TERP), promised that it would provide an estimate of its standalone value but has failed to do so, the analyst stated. Moreover, Terraform Power had said that it had no obligation to invest in SunEdison's existing projects, but it announced that it was investing another $388M in existing projects, the analyst stated. Given SunEdison's $11.7B in debt and its inability to sell projects at a gross margin of 18%-19%, its fundamentals seem poised to worsen, unless it can find cheaper funding sources, predicted Johnson, who set a $2 price target on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Another major solar energy company, SunPower (SPWR), today provided fiscal 2016 revenue guidance of $3.3B-$3.5B, versus the consensus outlook of $3.03B, in conjunction with its analyst day meeting. A much smaller player in the solar space, Solar3D (SLTD), increased its fiscal year sales guidance, with its CEO pointing to its "success in dominating key solar markets in California and Nevada." PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, SunEdison slipped 1% to $4.86, which is well above its low for the day of $4.06, which is also its 52-week low. Meanwhile, SunPower climbed 3.5% to $26.54 and Solar3D rose nearly 6% to $2.95.
10:00 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 51job (JOBS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Amdocs (DOX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Anadarko (APC) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Axiom says SunEdison (SUNE) credibility 'impaired,' cuts to Sell... BBVA Banco Frances (BFR) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Black Diamond Group (BDIMF) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CACI (CACI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Noble Financial... Cimarex Energy (XEC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Crown Holdings (CCK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Energias de Portugal (EDPFY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Enterprise Financial Services (EFSC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Freshpet (FRPT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Hanover Insurance (THG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Kayne Anderson (KED) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... MAM Software (MAMS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Man Group (MNGPY) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Parsley Energy (PE) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... Quanta Services (PWR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Santander Brasil (BSBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... SeaWorld (SEAS) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SunEdison (SUNE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Axiom... UniCredit (UNCFF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... VF Corp. (VFC) downgraded on negative outlook, valuation at Sterne Agee CRT.
09:36 EDTSUNEActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Kohl's (KSS), up 5.4%... NetEase (NTES), up 6.3%... SunPower (SPWR), up 3.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Angie's List (ANGI), up 12.1% after after IAC (IAC) proposes to acquire the company... OHR Pharmaceutical (OHRP), up 7.4% after submitting a Special Protocol Assessment request to the FDA for OHR-102... Galena Biopharma (GALE) up 6.2% after being upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... MannKind (MNKD), up 5.4% after confirming a planned stock sale. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Freshpet (FRPT), down 25%... Advance Auto Parts (AAP), down 11.1%... Viacom (VIAB), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: Derma Sciences (DSCI), down 30.4% after ending its Phase 3 clinical trials with aclerastide, DSC127, for diabetic foot ulcer healing... Sunedison (SUNE), down 11.2% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Axiom.
08:24 EDTSUNEAxiom says SunEdison credibility 'impaired,' cuts to Sell
As previously reported, Axiom analyst Gordon Johnson II contends that SunEdison (SUNE) shares are not down about 40% in the two sessions following its earnings due to results, but because investors no longer believe management's forward guidance after they have repeatedly failed to execute on promises. The analyst thinks that unless SunEdison can find new cheaper sources of funding and/or sell projects at the high-teens margins it claims, it seems likely that its fundamentals are set to worsen, prompting him to downgrade the stock to Sell from Neutral and set a $2 price target on share. Johnson II acknowledges that SunEdison shares could see material upside if TerraForm Power's (TERP) shares rebound, but he also sees a great deal of risk facing SunEdison and believes a number of funds have yet to exit their positions.
06:12 EDTSUNESunEdison downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Axiom
November 11, 2015
16:00 EDTSUNEOptions Update; November 11, 2015
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13:16 EDTSUNEOptions with increasing put volume
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12:56 EDTSUNEOptions with increasing call volume
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12:17 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday following a morning of lackluster trading, which may be due to lower volume on account of the observance of Veteran's Day. There were four initial public offerings that priced and each opened above their offering; a better reflection of the syndicate market than several weeks ago when deals could not be completed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was quiet with no major announcements. U.S. bond markets are closed in observance of Veteran's Day. In China, industrial output rose 5.6% in October, matching March's reading as the weakest since 2008. Retail sales climbed 11% last month, beating expectations. COMPANY NEWS: In another sign of China's transition from a purely industrial economy to one driven more by consumption, Alibaba Group (BABA)reported blockbuster sales for the 11.11 shopping festival, better known as "Singles' Day." By the end of Wednesday in China, gross merchandise volume on Alibaba's platforms hit $14.3B, far exceeding last year's 24-hour total of $9.3B, but shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant trading in New York slid 2%... Shares of Macy's (M) plunged over 13.5% and its peers followed it lower after the department store operator cut its outlook for fiscal year 2015 after reporting third quarter revenue that missed analysts' estimates. Macy's also said it will not be pursuing the formation of a real estate investment trust. Conversely, J.C. Penney (JCP) reported stronger than expected same-store sale growth and previewed that its soon-to-be reported earnings and gross margin performance in the third quarter exceeded its expectations, but the stock was caught in Macy's downdraft, falling about 2.5%... The boards of Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) and SABMiller (SBMRY) announced that they have reached agreement on the terms of a combination deal worth $107B. In relation to their deal, Molson Coors (TAP) entered into a definitive agreement to purchase SABMiller's (SBMRY) 58% stake in MillerCoors, the joint venture formed in the United States in 2008, in a transaction valued at $12B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Atmel (ATML), which rallied 4% after Dialog Semiconductor (DLGNF) said that it continues to "strongly" support its agreement to acquire Atmel. Also higher was Amazon (AMZN), which gained 2% after an analyst at Morgan Stanley raised his price target on the company's stock to $800 from $750M, citing the growing AWS opportunity. Among the noteworthy losers was Horizon Pharma (HZNP), which fell over 16% after Express Scripts (ESRX) cut ties with specialty pharmacy Linden Care, which is used by Horizon and Insys Therapeutics (INSY), which also dropped 9%. Also lower was SunEdison (SUNE), which lost another 14.5%, adding more losses to yesterday's post-earnings slide after UBS cut its price target on the company's shares to $6 from $9. In addition, Anadarko (APC) and Apache (APA) fell about 3.5% and 6%, respectively, after Anadarko confirmed that it sent a takeover proposal to Apache, which it later withdrew. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 3.87, or 0.02%, to 17,762.08, the Nasdaq was up 14.42, or 0.28%, to 5,097.66, and the S&P 500 was up 0.78, or 0.04%, to 2,082.50.
11:31 EDTSUNESunEdison sinks after UBS cuts price target to $6
Shares of SunEdison (SUNE) are selling off for a second straight day after UBS cut its price target on the stock to $6. The seller of photovoltaic energy solutions declined yesterday after reporting a larger than expected quarterly loss. UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith attributed the post-earnings share selloff to "five key factors," including lower than expected margins on retained projects, management's confidence on the pending Vivint Solar (VSLR) acquisition while a renegotiation of the deal would be perceived positively, and LAP Holdings seeking no less than $150M in damages after SunEdison cancelled its acquisition of the Latin America hydropower and wind development maintenance company. Dumoulin-Smith cut his price target for SunEdison this morning to $6 from $9 and kept a Neutral rating on the name. SunEdison is down 15%, or 88c, to $4.89 in late morning trading. Following the stock lower are peers SolarCity (SCTY), SunPower (SPWR) and First Solar (FSLR).
07:56 EDTSUNESunEdison taking correct steps, says RBC Capital
After SunEdison reported higher than expected Q3 shipments but reported lower than expected EPS, RBC Capital thinks the company is embracing the correct strategy by lowering its MW guidance, shifting towards more third party sales and cutting its operating spending. The firm thinks the company is "progressing towards sustainable growth" but expects the stock to continue to be volatile in the near-term. It cut its price target on the name to $20 from $24 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
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