FBR Analysts Reiterate Mixed Ratings on Sunedison Inc (SUNE) and FireEye Inc (FEYE) Following Merger Termination and Analyst Day

FBR Capital analysts came out today offering insights on a handful of stocks. Among the equities in focus are battered solar PV maker Sunedison Inc (NYSE:SUNE) and cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE). Let’s take a closer look.

Sunedison Inc

FBR analyst Carter Driscoll reiterated an Outperform rating on shares of SunEdison, while lowering the price target to $7.00 (from $10.50), following the news that Vivint Solar terminated its pending merger with SunEdison.

Driscoll observed, “We estimate the deal termination will save SUNE approximately $188 million but acknowledge that we make several assumptions to reach that figure. By our estimation, and not accounting for legal and breakup fees, SUNE should end 1Q16 with approximately $472 million in cash. We acknowledge that the recent suspension of the preferred share dividend implies the company’s near-term liquidity is under duress. Recall that SUNE disclosed that on January 7, 2016, it expected to have $583 million in unrestricted cash ending 1Q16, so if our estimates are correct, the liquidity crunch would not be as bad as feared after the deal termination. We believe the near-term liquidity crunch is still what most concerns investors.”

“We have lowered our discounted cash flow estimates of SUNE’s solar and wind assets by 10% cash, which lowers our price target to $7 from $10.50. We acknowledge there are substantial liquidity and operational risks, but given the potential for such upside, we maintain our Outperform rating,” the analyst added.

According to TipRanks.com, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, analyst Carter Driscoll has a total average return of -13.7% and a 33.3% success rate. Driscoll has a -57.5% average return when recommending SUNE, and is ranked #3534 out of 3712 analysts.

Out of the 14 analysts polled by TipRanks, 4 rate SunEdison stock a Buy, 7 rate the stock a Hold and 3 recommend to Sell. With a return potential of 171.50%, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $5.43.

FireEye Inc

In addition, FBR Capital’s Samad Samana reiterated a Market Perform rating on shares of FireEye, with a price target of $22, after the company hosted an analyst day in New York City where it provided updates on its growth initiatives, product roadmap, and the benefits of its platform.

Samana commented, “The company believes increasing adoption of FireEye as a service ($100M annual run-rate as of 4Q15), international penetration, leveraging the partner channel, and expanding the use of its platform across form factors will support healthy billings growth through 2020 (15%–25% CAGR). Additionally, we believe secular tailwinds (evolving threat environment, cloud adoption, BYOD) will help FEYE’s momentum. Even as it focuses on driving healthy growth, FEYE outlined the steps it is taking to ramp profitability, highlighting a much greater focus on margins and efficiencies going forward. To that end, the company reiterated its topline guidance for 2016 while raising its margins, earnings, and free cash flow outlook. Overall, we walked away incrementally more positive on FEYE’s intermediate-term outlook.”

According to TipRanks.com, analyst Samad Samana has a total average return of -4.2% and a 43% success rate. Samana is ranked #2966 out of 3712 analysts.

Out of the 28 analysts polled by TipRanks, 14 rate FireEye Inc stock a Buy, while 14 rate the stock a Hold. With a return potential of 56.1%, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $27.84.


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