FBR: EMC And VMware Both May Benefit From Spinoff
FBR Capital analyst Daniel Ives reiterated his Outperform rating and raised the price target for EMC (NYSE: EMC) from $33.00 to $35.00 and said the share repurchase plan leaves investors with something to "hang their hat on" in the near term.
FBR further notes that "A potential spin-off of VMware from EMC will face difficulties in the board room and would be an elongated process, in our opinion, we believe it could enhance shareholder value for both companies and would make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology player."
Potential plans to increase shareholder value might Include:
- VMware spin-off
- Increased dividend/more share repurchases
- Reducing EMC's 80% ownership stake In VMW to a lower threshold
Overall, Ives stated, "We believe value enhancement remains the focus as EMC goes through a transition to providing its federated solutions for next-generation datacenters, and on a sum-of-the-parts valuation basis, we estimate that the base-case and best-case scenarios for EMC's fair value are $37 per share and $40 per share, respectively."
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|Nov 2015||Wells Fargo||Downgrades||Outperform||Market Perform|
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