VMware (VMW) Under Pressure on Possible CEO Departure; Nomura's Sherlund Weighs In

July 17, 2012 10:25 AM EDT
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Analysts at Nomura Securities weighed in on VMware (NYSE: VMW) with shares under pressure following press reports CEO Paul Maritz is departing and they will spin-out some assets.

Analyst Rick Sherlund comments, "VMware is in its quiet period and is scheduled to report its 2Q'12 earnings on Monday, July 23. One article suggested that Mr. Maritz will be replacing EMC (NYSE: EMC) CEO Joe Tucci, who may be retiring. EMC President and COO Pat Geisinger will, reportedly, move to VMware as CEO. We have great admiration for Mr. Maritz and view his departure, if true, as a loss to VMware’s minority shareholders (EMC owns about 80% of VMware)."

Seperatly, there are reports that VMware would spin out its Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service business as a wholly owned subsidiary of EMC. "Cloud Foundry does not account for a material portion of VMware’s revenues," Sherlund said.

Nomura Securities maintains their Neutral rating and price target of $120.

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Shares of VMware last traded down 3.9 percent to $81.12.

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