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NetApp (NTAP) Signs Deal to Purchase Cloud Startup Spot

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NetApp, Inc. NTAP recently announced that it has inked an agreement to acquire Israel-based cloud services startup –– Spot.

The deal will enable NetApp to address the growing demand for efficient and cost-effective cloud infrastructure amid increasing expenses and inefficient resource allocation.

However, the exact financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed by the company. Per a CTECH report, NetApp has agreed to pay $450 million for the deal.

Markedly, Spot’s compute platform provides customers with tools that help optimize workloads, while maintaining service-level agreement (SLA) and service-level objective (SLO). Combined with NetApps’ shared storage platform, the solution will help customers to save up to 90% of their compute and storage cloud expenses, which usually make up 70% of total cloud spending.

Moreover, the acquisition of Spot is expected to strengthen NetApp’s Application Driven Infrastructure capabilities as well as enable it to diversify its portfolio. Also, the optimization of cloud-based workloads and reduction of costs are likely to boost the adoption of public cloud.

This is expected to aid NetApp acquire new customers, consequently bolstering the top line in the quarters ahead.

NetApp, Inc. Price and Consensus


NetApp, Inc. Price and Consensus
NetApp, Inc. Price and Consensus

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Acquisitions to Strengthen Offerings Hold Promise

Spot buyout is part of NetApp’s focus on bolstering its cloud-based storage offerings through various acquisitions.

Recently, the company announced the acquisition of CloudJumper, a cloud software company offering virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions and remote desktop services (RDS) that aids enterprises to accelerate public cloud deployments for work-from-home setup, branch offices and enterprises.

In March, NetApp acquired Talon Storage to strengthen NetApp Cloud Volumes and Azure NetApp Files offerings, and aid customers to centralize and consolidate IT storage infrastructure to the public clouds to facilitate remote work.

These endeavors are expected to boost NetApp’s offerings and are likely to aid it acquire more customers. In the fiscal fourth quarter, NetApp’s Cloud Data Services recorded annualized recurring revenues of $111 million, up 113% year over year. Moreover, Cloud Data Services customer count exceeded 3,500, which more than doubled on a year-over-year basis.

Further, the company’s solutions are likely to witness consistent momentum driven by the digital transformations taking place across all industries, triggered by the coronavirus-inducedlockdowns.

Cash Position in Brief

NetApp has a solid balance sheet with net-cash balance of $1.74 billion as of Apr 24, 2020. Moreover, the company generated net cash from operations of $383 million and free cash flow of $359 million during the last reported quarter. Thus, the company’s strong cash reserves and consistent cash flows provide the flexibility required to pursue any growth strategy, whether through acquisitions or otherwise.

COVID-19 is a Headwind

Supply chain disruptions and market uncertainties stemming from the ongoing pandemic is expected to dampen the company’s performance. Notably, in the last reported quarter, NetApp’s Product revenues declined 21% year over year to $793 billion due to coronavirus crisis-induced macroeconomic headwinds.

Moreover, the company did not provide any guidance for fiscal 2021, citing uncertainty in demand visibility due to COVID-19 related business impacts.

Nevertheless, NetApp is banking on improvement in adoption of hybrid multi-cloud offerings, Cloud Data Services and Private Cloud offerings to drive long-term revenue growth. Additionally, partnerships with Alphabet’s GOOGL Google Cloud platform and Amazon’s AMZN Amazon Web Services augur well.

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NetApp currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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Long-term earnings growth rate for Bandwidth is currently pegged at 13.6%.

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