KLA-Tencor added to US Focus List at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Farhan Ahmad added KLA-Tencor to the US Focus List and reiterated his views that shares are very attractive in near term given upside his estimates, 2H 2016/CY17 earnings are 10%/7% above Street. The analyst has greater conviction that stock is already pricing in the breakup of the proposed Lam Research (LRCX) merger following meetings and calls with investors over the last few weeks, and sees significant interest in KLA-Tencor shares from investors. Ahmad commented on investor concerns and thinks Gen 5 will take share from Ebeam inspection, Foundry 28nm capex from China could be a 2018 growth driver, and believes valuation reflects the merger and sees upside expansion to the multiple. Ahmad rates KLA-Tencor an Outperform with an $85 price target.