Axiom Maintains Sell On First Solar Shares; Sees 40% Downside


In a research report sent to investors today, Axiom analyst Gordon Johnson maintained a Sell rating on First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) with a price target of $30.00, which represents a potential downside of 40% from where the stock is currently trading.

Johnson noted, “While we thought FSLR had leeway through 2015 to potentially hit its 2015 EPS target of $5.25/shr, after updating our model to reflect the company’s suite of projects (where the bulk of the rev. on the profitable projects [Topaz/Sunlight/ AVSR] has been fully recognized) we now see outsized risk to both FSLR’s 2015 $5.25/shr guide & the Street’s current $4.47/shr 2015 EPS est; we pontificate the 2015 guidance day will serve as a negative catalyst.”

According to TipRanks.com, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, analyst Gordon Johnson has a total average return of 19.7% and a 74.6% success rate. Johnson has a 24.6% average return when recommending FSLR, and is ranked #86 out of 3377 analysts.

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