Goldman Sachs Downgrades VeriFone (PAY) to Neutral, Problems Not Cyclical

February 21, 2013 2:22 PM EST
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Goldman Sachs today downgraded VeriFone (NYSE: PAY) from Buy to Neutral with a price target of $19.00 (from $35.00). The downgrade follows disappointing Q1 results.

Commenting on the company's performance, analyst Julio C. Quinteros Jr. said, "While management highlighted several major macro headwinds as factors for reduced expectations, we believe that the reduction extends beyond the cyclical variety. In hindsight we got the PAY call wrong as we underestimated the impact of the operating shift from a hardware-led model to a services business (i.e., shift to payment-as-a-service, leased terminals, etc.)."

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Shares of VeriFone closed at $31.89 yesterday.

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