Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC)'s ongoing transition to become a "subscription-first" company is admirable and justifies a bullish case on the stock, according to Stifel.
Stifel's Brad Reback upgraded Teradata from Hold to Buy with a price target lifted from $45 to $49.
Teradata's business model continues to evolve so that its services can be used on a software-only basis within on-prem or public cloud models, Reback said in a note.
Reback noted that the company's sales team was given the green light in the first quarter to push subscriptions rather than licenses. Accordingly, subscription related sales could reach around $240 million in 2018 and growth to almost $450 million next year. Over time, the company's margins should move from the low-70 percent range to the mid-70 percent range.
Teradata's stock is trading at a level "too compelling to ignore," Reback said. This creates a scenario where the downside to shares is limited as other legacy license only application vendors saw their respective stocks bottom in the 2.5x-3x range.
Investors would be correct in pointing out management's focus on shifting towards a subscription business is weighing on margins and cash flow, the analyst wrote, but this is only short term and it's reasonable to conclude at this point the "worst is behind the company."
Shares of Teradata were trading higher by more than 2.5 percent at $39 Thursday afternoon.
Bernstein: Teradata Positioned To Expand Recurring Revenue Growth
Latest Ratings for TDC
|May 2018||Stifel Nicolaus||Upgrades||Hold||Buy|
|May 2018||BMO Capital||Maintains||Market Perform||Market Perform|
|May 2018||Stifel Nicolaus||Maintains||Hold||Hold|
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