Truist Securities Starts Cognex (CGNX) at Buy, 'End Markets at Cyclical Trough'

March 13, 2024 4:20 PM EDT
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(Updated - March 14, 2024 7:23 AM EDT)

Truist Securities analyst Jamie Cook initiates coverage on Cognex (NASDAQ: CGNX) with a Buy rating and a price target of $47.00.

The analyst comments "End Markets at Cyclical Trough: Cognex’s two largest markets—Consumer Electronic and Logistics—experienced hyper growth driven by the pandemic-era acceleration of e-commerce and as customers bought more electronic devices to accommodate work/school from home. From 2019 to 2021, CNGX sales increased 43% and EBITDA grew 96%. Sales have corrected and are now at a run-rate of pre-pandemic levels. Q4’23 saw sales flat sequentially, implying we are approaching the trough. The company expects Q1'24 sales to be flat sequentially although management sees a path for growth in the back half of 2024. More importantly, increased adoption and long-term secular drivers support double-digit top line growth through the cycle, in our view."

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Shares of Cognex closed at $41.30 yesterday.

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