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NetApp's $1.5 Billion Buyback Appears Underappreciated; Stock Slipping

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NetApp's $1.5 Billion Buyback Appears Underappreciated; Stock Slipping

Brean Capital’s Ananda Baruah expects NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP) to be "off" Thursday following the soft April quarter revenue and below consensus July quarter guidance issued by the company.

Therefore, Baruah maintains a Hold rating on NetApp.

The analyst believes the Street might not be modeling in the $1.5 billion remaining from the company’s share buyback authorization while forecasting the FY18 EPS.

April Quarter

NetApp reported its revenue for the April quarter revenue and EPS below the consensus expectations, with the overall revenue declining 10 percent year on year and product revenue declining 17 percent year-on-year.

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However, overall revenue grew sequentially, at 1 percent year-on-year. Product revenue also grew at the same rate, partially affected by the global IT spending environment through the quarter.

Baruah noted, however, that “demand has since shown improvement and acceleration especially in the strategic product segments.”

July Quarter Guidance

For the July quarter, NetApp guided to revenue of $1.20–$1.35 billion and EPS of $0.34–$0.39, as compared to the consensus expectations of $1.26 billion and $0.45, respectively.

Baruah pointed out that the revenue guidance implies a 4 percent year on year decline “due to further decline of mature business offset by growth in strategic products.”

On the other hand, management expects a rebound in gross margins from the April to the July quarter, as well as operating margins of 10 percent.

For FY17, the company guided to a moderation in the revenue decline, with strategic sales growing into a “stronger overall mix.”

At Time Of Writing...

NetApp was trading down 2.31 percent at $24.93 within the first 30 minutes of Thursday's regular trading session.

Latest Ratings for NTAP

DateFirmActionFromTo
Nov 2019MaintainsNeutral
Nov 2019MaintainsOutperform
Nov 2019MaintainsUnderweight

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