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Why Micron Should Consider Buying Pure Storage

Jayson Derrick

Shares of Pure Storage Inc (NYSE: PSTG) were trading higher by around 3 percent Tuesday morning after analysts at Susquehanna Financial Group suggested the company is an attractive takeover target with the most likely buyer being Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: MU).

Micron is reportedly parting ways with its storage division head and its all-flash array software partner Excelero, Susquehanna's Mehdi Hosseini said in a research report. In fact, both Micron and Excelero deleted their respective SolidScale webpages. Meanwhile, Micron is realigning and rebranding its SolidScale under the Accelerated Solutions offering, which is geared toward hyperscale cloud customers and requires deep knowledge and expertise in firmware and software.

"In our view, such a chain of events serves as a referendum on how Micron views its progress cultivating higher-value solutions offerings, and points to the need for surgical M&A," Hosseini said in the report. " Furthermore, if MU is indeed moving in a different direction, this leaves a void to be filled in its goal of moving up the stack."

The strategic rationale for Micron acquiring Pure Storage remains the same, including:

"Micron may now have even greater motivation to execute such a deal," the analyst also wrote. "This is because SolidScale was slated for volume production in 2018, which implies greater pressure to identify a new partner sooner rather than later."

Susquehanna has Positive ratings on shares of Micron and Pure Storage.

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