Western Digital (WDC) / Seagate (STX) PTs Raised at Brean Capital

December 20, 2013 10:39 AM EST
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Price: $72.63 +1.34%

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    Up: 30 | Down: 30 | New: 23
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Brean Capital maintained a Buy rating on Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC) and raised its price target to $125.00 (from $85.00). Seagate Technology's (Nasaq: STX) target was raised to $70 from $55.

Analyst Ananda Baruah said, "We are raising our TP's for Buy-rated WDC and STX to $125 (47% appreciation) and $70 (36% appreciation), respectively, as we believe both structural industry GM dynamics and ultimate EV/FCF valuation remain dramatically underappreciated; we expect ongoing margin expansion to continue altering investors' valuation mosaic."

"Our broader industry Gross Margin framework suggests GM expansion of 100-200 bps over the next few years (and perhaps 400-500 bps next 5-7 years), vs. a consensus view of secularly declining margins. Our "simplistic" view is that in a normalized TAM environment of flat to down annually, ex-potential Hitachi integration cost savings (which we don’t model and could add ~$1.70 to CY15 EPS of $8.64) that WDC can appreciate 50%, and that after exiting CY14 with shares at 279M, STX generates $7.00+ in CY15 EPS," added the analyst.

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Shares of Western Digital Corp. closed at $82.10 yesterday.

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