Goldman Sachs Lifts Target on Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) Despite New Questions

July 20, 2012 11:47 AM EDT
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Goldman Sachs commented on Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) following second quarter results after the close, which beat the consensus but raised new question about growth. Surprisingly, while the firm remains Neutral-rated on the name they raised their price target from $562 to $594.

The firm notes the EPS upside was driven by EBIT margins, which was primarily the result of expense timing. Goldman revised their model to reflect: (1) higher US system sales and procedure volumes; (2) increased operating expenses (particularly in 2H12); and (3) a more cautious outlook on Europe.

The key question, Goldman says, "is to what extent the US prostate business (circa 20% of annual procedures) deteriorates and whether new procedure categories yield enough upside to stem slowing growth in 2013". Over the longer-term gynecology,
new surgical indications (single-site cholecystectomy, colorectal) and new product adds (FireFly, EndoWrist) should drive sustained mid-teens growth, they said.

The firm said they would look for evidence that new procedures are driving upside or a pull back in the shares to become more constructive on the stock.

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Shares of Intuitive Surgical closed at $544.21 yesterday.

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