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Splunk Is An Attractive Asset, Analyst Says After PE Investment In Company

·1 min read
  • Needham analyst Mike Cikos reiterated a Buy on Splunk Inc (NASDAQ: SPLK) and a $118 price target.

  • Last week, Splunk announced it had entered an agreement with Hellman & Friedman to provide confidential information, so H&F could assess its investment and provide Splunk with perspective on the company's "business, strategy, and finances."

  • The announcement comes approximately six months after H&F first disclosed its 7.5% position in Splunk.

  • A 13D filing on September 9 noted that H&F's position has increased to 7.9%, and the Private Equity firm is Splunk's largest active holder.

  • Independent of and before the H&F news, he spoke with Splunk last week to calibrate his sense of investor conversations and revisit the 2HFY23 guide.

  • Walking away from the call, Cikos was incrementally more positive on shares of Splunk. He views Splunk as an attractive asset.

  • Still, the analyst acknowledged that the demand environment is more tenuous today compared to a few months ago, given commentary on customers' pushouts of Cloud migrations and expansions in the current environment.

  • However, Cikos believes management has appropriately handicapped these risks with conservatism in the guide.

  • Also, the focus on profitability and Free Cash Flow demonstrates a more balanced approach by management.

  • Price Action: SPLK shares traded higher by 4.96% at $99.13 on the last check Monday.

Latest Ratings for SPLK

Date

Firm

Action

From

To

Mar 2022

Citigroup

Maintains

Neutral

Mar 2022

Goldman Sachs

Maintains

Buy

Mar 2022

Needham

Maintains

Buy

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