CS First Boston reiterated its strong buy on shares of Wind River (WIND ).
Analyst Erach Desai says Q4 EPS were a penny above consensus and $0.02 above his estimate. He tied the upside to a better growth margin, a higher operating margin and a lower share count. Desai maintained his $570 million fiscal 2002 revenue estimate but cut his $0.75 fiscal 2002 EPS to $0.68 on an expected operating margin reduction. He cites concerns about an inability to consistently predict services revenue, and the vulnerability of royalties in fiscal 2002. He has a $55 price target. While the target may be aggressive given the present market conditions, Desai believes in the company's long-term franchise value.