Applied Materials Is Attractively Valued Relative To Semicap And Large Cap Semis, Says Deutsche Bank
In a research report sent to investors today, Deutsche Bank analyst Sidney Ho upgraded shares of Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) from Hold to Buy rating and raised her price target to $30 (from $22), which implies an upside of 19% from current levels.
Ho said, “AMAT is an underappreciated technology leader, in our view. We expect AMAT to benefit from multiple technology inflections in the next two to three years, which could drive WFE spending to $36-37bn. The merger with TEL creates an entity with ~32% market share and enough scale to drive operating leverage.”
The analyst added, “Combined with aggressive share repurchases, we see EPS of ~$2.00 in 2016E and ~$2.50 in 2017E. At 12x 2016E PF EPS, AMAT is attractively valued relative to semicap (avg 14x) and large cap semis (avg 15x).”
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