AMD Shares Gain on Cowen Price Target Increase

Published on: 18 Nov, 2019

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) shares rose higher by 3.4% on Monday morning after Cowen analysts raised their price target on the stock.

Cowen analyst Matthew Ramsay raised its price target on AMD’s stock to USD 47.00 from his previous target of USD 40.00 following AMD Chief Executive Officer Lisa Su’s recent meeting. Ramsay maintained an outperform rating for the stock.

Ramsay said "we believe AMD's consistent track record of execution under her leadership, and stable roadmap, is increasingly resonating with customers and investors."

"In short, our conversations continue to shift to "when", not "if" questions in terms of share gains and EPS/CF growth, as investors largely no longer question whether or not AMD will gain material x86 share or deliver upon its roadmaps, but instead try to better understand the cadence, magnitude, and competitive roadmap positioning," Ramsay continued.

Ramsay highlighted that AMD’s long-term plan and share targets remain a focus for investors. While Ramsay did not provide any guidance, he believes a 20%+ dollar share of AMD’s x86 target marks of desktop, notebook, server, along with gross margins approaching 50% are reasonable long-term targets.

"Should long-term EPS approach $3.00 as our hypothetical bull case lays out above, today's share price of <$40 we believe still holds attractive valuation," Ramsay notes.

AMD announced its quarterly financial results last month and reported a disappointing guidance, which sent it shares lower then. The Company forecasted fourth quarter revenue to be approximately USD 2.1 Billion, plus or minus 50 Million representing a 48% increase year-over-year. AMD mentioned that it expects its fourth quarter sales to be driven by Ryzen. EPYC, and Radeon product sales. However, analysts are expecting revenues of USD 2.15 Billion.

During the third quarter, AMD reported earnings of USD 0.18 per share on revenue of USD 1.8 Billion. The Company witnessed its revenue increase by 9% year-over-year due to stronger sales of 7nm Ryzen, Radeon, and EPYC processor sales. However, revenue growth was partially offset by lower revenue in the Enterprise, Embedded, and Semi-Custom segment.

Following Cowen’s upgraded price target, AMD shares are now up 116.5% this year.

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