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In a report published Tuesday, Barclays analysts reinitiated coverage of Avago Technologies Ltd (NASDAQ: AVGO) with an Overweight rating and a price target of $145, citing continued FBAR tailwinds and "more room" for mergers and acquisitions.

In the report Barclays noted, "We outline further tailwinds for the RF group in our broader note out today (A Look at Upcoming iPhone Architectures; Trends for RF Group) while maintaining our preference for AVGO. We still have long-term pricing/margin concerns in RF but see AVGO only participating where its FBAR performance is valued."

The analysts believe that Avago's content at Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) would be "flat to down" in 2015, after a double in the IP6. However, overall growth is likely to continue in view of share gains on the QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ: QCOM) side (Samsung) and "the move to PAMiDs (PA+filter+switch), which pulls in filters but also adds switch content, where AVGO has little share."

Avago has closed its acquisition of Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX) last week in an all-cash transaction valued at about $606M. The analysts expect the acquisition to me immediately accretion, boosting the July quarter EPS by about $0.03 boost and ramping to almost $0.30 in CY16, assuming ~$75M in cost savings.

"The ELX deal continues AVGO's strategy of acquiring related businesses with strong franchises and managing them to more profitable cost structures," the report added.

Latest Ratings for AVGO

DateFirmActionFromTo
Dec 2016Loop CapitalInitiates Coverage OnBuy
Nov 2016Pacific CrestMaintainsOverweight
Oct 2016Wells FargoInitiates Coverage onMarket Perform

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