In a research report issued yesterday, Canaccord analyst John Quealy maintained a Hold rating on shares of Westport Innovations Inc. (USA) (NASDAQ:WPRT) with a $6.00 price target, after the gas engine company released its second-quarter results, posting revenues/GAAP EPS of $27.85M/$(0.32) compared to Quealy estimates of $25.7M/ $(0.41) and the Street at $28.1M/$(0.29).
Quealy wrote, “Impressively, streamlining of the platform continues to be aggressive (including noncore asset sales, ~$50M of potential value moving towards expected completion in the Q4 timeframe), as the company positions itself for better leverage with improving end-market fundamentals (goal of consolidated positive adjusted EBITDA in mid-’16 stays on track). Here, we note that combined operating expenses for the company have declined by ~$22M vs. H1/14 (along with much better cash burn).”
The analyst concluded, “Macro oil price challenges keep share volatility high (exacerbated by challenges in Europe/China), while the company works to introduce engine platforms, book orders and perhaps most of all – conserve cash – in 2015. A recent shelf filing likely foreshadows additional fundraising activity. We continue to see inherent value in the underlying technology platform.”
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