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March 26, 2014
05:31 EDTVMEMViolin Memory should be bought on any lock-up weakness, says Wunderlich
Wunderlich believes shares of Violin Memory could see weakness today as 5M shares of employee restricted stock units come available for sale. The firm believes investors should use any weakness from today's lock-up expiration as a buying opportunity. It has a Buy rating on Violin with a $6 price target.
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November 20, 2015
11:45 EDTVMEMNimble 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 16, 2015
07:38 EDTVMEMViolin Memory downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim
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