Doug Freedman, an analyst with American Technology Research, yesterday picked up coverage of LSI Logic (NASDAQ:LSI) with a Buy rating and $13 price target.
Kind of interesting timing: Tuesday the stock slumped after a weak March quarter revenue forecast from communication component supplier Agere (AGR-OLD), a company LSI is in the process of buying. Freedman notes that a shareholder vote on the pending deal is planned for March 29.
The deal “will open up new revenue opportunities in low-end and enterprise markets, protect current business in very competitive end markets, lead to additional IP-related revenue for combined entity via LSI’s know-how and Agere’s underutilized patent portfolio, and drive cost savings and scale for the combined entity,” he wrote in a research note.
Freedman sees multiple potential catalysts for LSI shares:
Closure of the merger. Upside to targeted $125 million in merger cost savings; says it could be $150 million to $175 million. Potential new revenue from IP portfolio. Solid results from hard drive customers, specifically Seagate (NASDAQ:STX). Potential sale of Agere’s baseband segment at favorable valuation. Execution of $500 million buyback plan.
LSI yesterday was down a penny at $10.17; Agere was off 6 cents at $21.79.