UPDATE: Oppenheimer Upgrades Fortinet (FTNT) to Outperform, Calls an Acquisition Target

November 28, 2012 7:49 AM EST
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Price: $32.23 -0.19%

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(Updated - November 28, 2012 8:57 AM EST)

Oppenheimer upgraded Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) from Perform to Outperform with a price target of $24.00.

The firm comments, "Our upgrade is based on: 1) FTNT's clear market leadership
position in the UTM space, 2) solid fundamentals and 3) more reasonable valuation. FTNT is exposed to strong secular growth drivers and is focused on high-growth markets (up 20% YoY), and management continues to deliver solid, consistent execution. Given a recent retreat in share price, we view current levels as an attractive entry point for investors seeking ~20% revenue growth rates. While FTNT is not cheap from a P/E perspective, trading 31.5x our FY13E EPS of $0.61, our PT is also supported by 21.6x of free cash flow per share."

Oppenheimer also calls Fortinet a potential acquisition target. "FTNT is a pure-play small-cap company operating in a market seeing massive consolidation. As such, and given its founders' M&A track record (sold Netscreen to JNPR in 2004), we view it as a strong acquisition target by a networking, system integrator, or enterprise software company."

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Shares of Fortinet closed at $19.18 yesterday.

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