Roth Capital Cuts Avid Technology to Hold

From Standard & Poor's Equity Research

Roth Capital downgraded Avid Technology (AVID) to hold from buy, noting the company's quarterly results.

Avid Technology recently posted 6 cents vs. 37 cents second quarter earnings per share (EPS.)

Analyst Richard Ingrassia says 34 cents pro forma EPS is a penny ahead of the consensus and guidance. He says this ends a string of three consecutive misses, thanks to a flurry of new products and an unexpected tax credit. However, fiscal year 2006 revenue guided to the low end of the $940 million to $970 million range; pro forma EPS guidance fell to $1.97 from $2.28. He also says Pinnacle consumer sales remain a drag on revenue growth and EPS. He feels the sudden inflection is unlikely: Avid continues to battle downmarket pricing trends with more frequent upgrades and higher-volume software products. He cut his $50 stock price target to $41.

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