UBS Warburg Boosts Business Objects to 'Buy'

The business intelligence software maker raised guidance, and says it won't increase its workforce in 2002

UBS Warburg upgraded Business Objects (BOBJ ) to buy from hold.

Analyst Patrick Legland says he is comfortable with the upgrade and new target (EUR 44 to EUR 51) despite the risk of short-term consolidation after a recent rally. He expects a positive news flow on fundamentals to continue to drive the stock, with further potential if recovery materializes in the second half. He raised his $0.78 2002 EPS estimate to $0.81, and says the estimate assumes 14% revenue growth, and 16.2% EBIT margin. Legland sees $1.09 for 2003, and sees significant productivity gains as Business Object expressly stated it doesn't expect to increase its salesforce in 2002.

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