Piper Jaffray Downgrades Network Appliance
Network Appliance (NTAP ) cut its first-quarter outlook. Piper Jaffray cut its rating to market perform from outperform.
Analyst Lee Santiago says the company blamed the shortfall on unanticipated product transition from certain high-end products (FAS960 and NearStore R200) to its newly introduced midrange product (FAS3000). Additionally, back-end-loaded FAS3000 order environment, with nearly 90% of FAS3000 orders shipped in month of July, further exacerbated revenue shortfall.
Santiago cut his 80 cents fiscal year 2006 (April) EPS estimate to 75 cents, and $1.03 for fiscal year 2007 to 96 cents. While slightly lower estimates, he slashes his $40 price target to $29 due to compression in his price-earnings and price-sales multiples.