Goldman Sachs Upgrades Gigamon (GIMO) to Buy, Sees 36% Upside

January 31, 2014 6:50 AM EST
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Price: $34.20 +4.11%

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    9 Buy, 5 Hold, 0 Sell

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Today's Overall Ratings:
    Up: 30 | Down: 30 | New: 23
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Goldman Sachs upgraded Gigamon (NYSE: GIMO) from Neutral to Buy with a price target of $38 Following the 22% pullback since the company’s 3Q13 positive preannouncement on October 21, 2013.

"We believe the pullback was primarily driven by an operating margin guide- down for 4Q13 and lower FY14 operating margin outlook since Gigamon inadvertently hit its long-term operating margin target in 3Q13 (23.5% vs. target of 23-28%) due to slower than expected headcount additions)," analyst Kent Schofield said. "We believe Gigamon's market/technology leadership in the underpenetrated network visibility fabric market will produce better than expected CY14 results and see 36% upside to our $38 12-month price target."

The analyst sees Gigamon outperforming reset expectations due to three key drivers: (1) Distribution agreement with Arrow Electronics will provide Gigamon with meaningful incremental revenue; (2) Gigamon can meet their above consensus EPS estimates and still grow headcount 31% yoy in 3Q14; (3) Gigamon's higher than peers' revenue growth and long-term operating target to eliminate an unwarranted discount to peers.

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Shares of Gigamon closed at $28.02 yesterday.

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