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January 29, 2013
12:43 EDTVMWVMware plunges after weaker than expected revenue guidance
Last night, VMware (VMW) reported Q4 results that beat analysts’ estimates. However, it issued Q1 and FY13 revenue guidance that trailed expectations. Q1 revenue was forecast at $1.17B-$1.19B, versus consensus $1.25B, while FY13 revenue was seen by the company at $5.23B-$5.35B, well shy of the $5.42B estimate. 2013 license revenue was guided up 8%-11%. The company also announced a restructuring effort that included the elimination of 900 jobs and exiting certain lines of business. The effort is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, and the total charges from the plan were forecast at $90M-$100M, with the majority seen taken in Q1. Sentiment on the Street has been decidedly negative, with at least nine firms either downgrading the stock or lowering their target prices. However, analyst Shaul Eyal at research firm Oppenheimer came to the company’s defense, saying VMware trades only slightly higher than its competitors’ multiples and that it is leveraged to strong secular drivers. The firm said it would be a buyer on any weakness. In early afternoon trading, shares of VMware are down sharply, falling approximately 20% on significantly higher than average volume to $78.27.
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July 7, 2015
19:01 EDTVMWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:20 EDTVMWVMware backs Q2 EPS view of 90c-92c, consensus 91c
Backs Q2 revenue guidance of $1.58B-$1.6B, consensus $1.59B. VMware expects to report non-GAAP total revenue for Q2 that excludes the recently announced settlement with the Department of Justice and General Services Administration for $75.5M, which was paid in cash in Q2.This payment will be recorded as a reduction of total revenues and GAAP EPS in VMware's Q2 financial statements. The settlement will have no effect on non-GAAP revenue or non-GAAP EPS, but was not reflected in VMware's previously provided cash flow guidance for 2015. VMware expects its Q2 non-GAAP total revenue to be in-line with its previously issued total revenue guidance of between $1.58B-$1.6B and expects its Q2 non-GAAP EPS to be in-line with its previously issued guidance of between 90c-92c.
July 6, 2015
10:01 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:29 EDTVMWFBR cuts VMware to Market Perform on growth concerns
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05:50 EDTVMWVMware downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
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July 1, 2015
05:57 EDTVMWVMware, Carahsoft pay $75.5M to settle claims of overcharging government
VMware and Carahsoft Technology Corporation yesterday agreed to pay $75.5M to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by misrepresenting their commercial pricing practices and overcharging the government on VMware software products and related services, the Department of Justice announced. VMware is a Delaware corporation that specializes in computer virtualization software and has its principal place of business in Palo Alto, California. Carahsoft is a privately held Maryland corporation that distributes information technology products to federal, state and local governments and has its principal place of business in Reston, Virginia. The settlement resolves allegations that VMware and Carahsoft made false statements to the government in connection with the sale of VMware products and services under Carahsoft’s MAS contract. These false statements allegedly concealed the companies’ commercial pricing practices and enabled the companies to overcharge the government for VMware’s products and services from 2007 through 2013. The civil settlement resolves a lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act, which permits private parties to file suit on behalf of the United States for false claims and obtain a portion of the government’s recovery. The civil lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia by Dane Smith, who is a former vice president of the Americas at VMware Inc. Smith’s share of the recovery has not been determined.
June 29, 2015
10:02 EDTVMWHP deal for EMC 'more than a distinct possibility,' says Raymond James
Noting that shares of both HP (HPQ) and EMC (EMC) have been stagnant, Raymond James analyst Brian Alexander repeated that he believes shareholders of both would earn substantial returns from a deal between the two and that he thinks an HP acquisition of EMC is "more than a distinct possibility." Alexander previously said in a note to investors on June 4 that he believed HP will ultimately buy EMC, including VMware (VMW). Assuming EMC is acquired for $32-$34 at various combinations of debt/stock, accretion for HP ranges from 39%-52%, Alexander calculates. Raymond James has a Market Perform rating on HP, a Strong Buy rating on EMC and an Outperform rating on VMware.
June 25, 2015
12:59 EDTVMWOptions with increasing implied volatility
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June 24, 2015
11:16 EDTVMWOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:57 EDTVMWVMware upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added VMware to the Conviction Buy List and maintained its $102 price target. The firm believes VMware will benefit from improving execution, accelerating cash flow, ELA renewals, and growth from expanded product adoption and gains in emerging areas.
June 23, 2015
11:00 EDTVMWOptions with increasing implied volatility
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