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Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX): Battle Road IPO Review Hardware Sector Coverage

Nutanix logoNutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a provider of cloud-infrastructure appliances, becomes a recent addition to our Battle Road IPO Review Hardware sector coverage. Founded in 2009, and based in San Jose California, Nutanix has helped to develop a new class of appliances designed to optimize resources in the data center. Consensus estimates call for revenue of $740 million in the current fiscal year ending July 31, along with a loss of $1.39. Next year, it is expected that the company will reach $1 billion in revenue, along with a loss per share of $0.86.

Nutanix priced its 14.9 million Class A share IPO on September 30th at an opening price of $16, with all proceeds going to the company, thus raising about $230 million, after deducting underwriting and other IPO costs. Along with 120 million Class B shares, which have 10 times the voting power of Class A shares, the company’s total shares outstanding are 135 million. The transaction was led by Goldman, Sachs & Co., Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan Securities, RBC Capital Markets, along with eight additional investment banks. At a recent share price of $28, Nutanix’s market cap is about $3.8 billion.

Founded by Mohit Aron, Ajeet Singh, and Dheeraj Pandey, who is currently, chairman and CEO, Nutanix has helped to define a new class of appliances around the notion of a “hyper-converged” architecture. Previously, appliances were largely dedicated to optimizing the separate tasks of computational intensity, storage, virtualization, or networking. With Nutanix’s approach, a single box combines the elements of all four tasks. In only the last several years, Nutanix has grown to serve over 3,700 customers, including 300 Global 2000 Enterprise companies.

As a fast-growing venture-backed company, Nutanix has generated a lot of buzz in IT circles, particularly given Nutanix’s claim that it can help companies achieve the same type of benefits that Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have achieved in their own data centers, without the extensive investment in proprietary hardware and software.

Nutanix has become a nuisance to several industry leaders, including VMware, Cisco Systems, and HP, each of whom have something to lose should Nutanix continue to gain credibility with heads of IT. Each of the above-mentioned companies has, in the last year, launched so-called hyper-converged appliances of their own, and in some cases, severed all ties to Nutanix, by no longer allowing it to participate in their coveted partner programs.

Post-IPO, Nutanix has an excellent balance sheet, with $347 million in net cash. However, the company ranks near the bottom of our Hardware sector coverage, based on the expectation for operating losses this year and next.


Ferrari IPO

Ferrari IPOFerrari (NYSE: RACE), a luxury sports car manufacturer, is the newest addition to our Consumer sector coverage. The company, which was recently spun out of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (NYSE: FCAU) in an IPO, was founded by Enzo Ferrari in Maranello, Italy in 1929. Ferrari is one of four storied Italian race car manufacturers, which along with Alfa Romeo, Masserati, and Lamborghini, have been testing the limits of automotive performance for decades.  Until Ferrari started producing street legal cars in 1947, it manufactured race cars and sponsored race car drivers.  Ferrari is still headquartered in Maranello, Italy today, and led by CEO Amedeo Felisa.  Consensus estimates call for revenue of $2.85 billion in 2015 followed by $2.9 billion in 2016. EPS is projected to rise from $1.56 in 2015 to $1.69 in the coming year.

Ferrari debuted on the New York Stock Exchange on October 21, 2015 at a price of $52.00 per share.  The offering contained 18.9 million shares. UBS Securities acted as the global coordinator of the offering, with Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Allen & Company, Banco Santander, BNP Paribas, J.P. Morgan and Mediobanca—Banca di Credito Finanziario acting as joint book-running managers. At a recent share price of $49, Ferrari’s market cap is roughly $9.3 billion.  Post-IPO, Fiat Chrysler owns about 80 percent of the company, and Piero Lardi Ferrari, the second son of founder Enzo Ferrari, owns 10 percent of the company.

Ferrari is focused exclusively on the design, engineering, production, and sales of its top of the line, high performance luxury sports cars, and over the years the company has helped to transform the car business, through its emphasis on style, performance and luxury. Through its avid and frequent participation in Formula One racing, which is considered to be the premier class of single-seat auto racing, the company continues its heritage in automotive racing. Fiat first acquired 50 percent of the company in 1969, and expanded its stake to 90 percent in 1988. Fiat also owns Maserati and Alfa Romeo.

Ferrari currently offers nine vehicle models, seven of which are sports cars.  Ferrari boasts extremely high performance vehicles, with cars consistently going 0-60 miles per hour in approximately 3 seconds, with reported times as low as 2.6 seconds.  All of Ferrari’s automobiles have either high powered V8 or V12 engines.  The top reported speed of a Ferrari is 217 miles per hour, belonging to the limited edition LeFerrari model.  Ferrari prices range anywhere from approximately $200,000 to about $1.4 million, with the most expensive being the LeFerrari model.  With the motto: offer only the best engines, design and customization, Ferrari aims to tailor its high performance and quality vehicles to each individual customer.

Ferrari is in the process of phasing out its “458 model” cars, and replacing them with “488 model” vehicles, and will complete the process within the next several years.  In 2014, Ferrari shipped 7,255 cars.  This low volume production strategy is utilized to continue Ferrari’s reputation of being exclusive and rare.  Ferrari carefully monitors and maintains production volumes as well as delivery times to continue this reputation.

As well as producing high quality vehicles, Ferrari’s brand stretches well beyond this.  Ferrari’s cars symbolize speed, wealth and nobility, and are notoriously expensive, suggesting a high ranking in society for drivers.  Aside from its symbolism, the Ferrari brand extends beyond just cars, offering sportswear, watches, theme parks, electronics, and other accessories.