Nutanix Inc (NTNX) Shares Attractive Ahead of Quiet Period Expiration

The 25-day quiet period on underwriter analyses that began with the September 30, 2016 IPO of Nutanix Inc (NASDAQ:NTNX) will come to an end on October 25, allowing the firm’s IPO underwriters to publish reports and recommendations on the company for the first time on October 26.

Current and historical research supports a significant potential for above-market returns in the five days prior to and two days after the conclusion of a company’s quiet period.

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We are particularly optimistic on the Nutanix IPO quiet period expiration opportunity as the stock had an impressive market debut; Nutanix is backed by a powerful team of underwriters; and the IPO market has been strong overall this fall.

Business Overview

Nutanix offers enterprise-level, cloud-based services that integrate the traditional IT silos of server, storage and visualization into a single solution. The company’s software products portfolio includes Acropolis, which delivers application mobility and performance distributed storage solutions. In addition to Acropolis, the NTNX portfolio also offers Prism, which delivers integrated virtualization and infrastructure management, operational analytics, and one-click administration solutions.

Nutanix’s product portfolio addresses a range of applications, including enterprise applications, databases, virtual desktop infrastructure, unified communications, and big data analytics. A wide range of industries use Nutanix products, including automotive, consumer goods, education, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, media, public sector, retail, technology, and telecommunications.

Nutanix Inc (NASDAQ:NTNX) has a broad, diverse client base of over 3,768 end-users as of July 31, 2016, such as Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), the U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Secretary of Defense, Toyota Motor of North America, Total SA (ADR) (NYSE:TOT), NTT SmartConnect Corporation, Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE:JWN), Nintendo Co., Ltd (ADR) (OTCMKTS:NTDOY), Nasdaq Inc (NASDAQ:NDAQ), Kellogg Company (NYSE:K), Jabil Circuit, Inc. (NYSE:JBL), Covance Inc. (NYSE:CVD), Best Buy Co Inc (NYSE:BBY), Blizzard, and Activision.

Management Team Highlights

CEO, Chairman and Co-founder Dheeraj Pandey has served the company since 2009. His previous experience comes from positions at Aster Data Systems, Oracle Corp., and Zambeel. Mr. Pandey received a B.Tech in computer science from the University of Texas.

President Sudheesh Nair has served in his position since February 2016. He joined the company in 2013. His previous experience comes from senior positions at IBM-XIV, DDN, ONStar, and Zambeel.

Competitors: VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW), Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) and Others.

Nutanix Inc (NASDAQ:NTNX) faces competition from a variety of companies that offer virtualization, infrastructure and management products including NetApp Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Hitachi Data Systems, Dell Technologies Inc (NYSE:DVMT), Lenovo Group Limited (ADR) (OTCMKTS:LNVGY), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE).

Financial Highlights & Developments

Nutanix’s total revenue was $241.4 million and $444.9 million for fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, respectively; net losses were $126.1 million and $168.5 million for fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, respectively. Net cash generated from operations was $3.6 million for fiscal 2016.

NTNX raised $238M in its IPO; the company stated it would be using these impressive proceeds for capital expenditures and general corporate purposes.

The company also noted it completed the acquisition of PernixData Inc., on September 6, for 1.7 million shares of Class B common stock and contingent consideration, of up to $7.5 million. PernixData specializes in scale-out data acceleration and analytics. The acquisition is not yet included in Nutanix’s consolidated financial statements.

Bottom Line: Buy Prior To Expiration Date

NTNX went public on 9.29, popping 131% on its first day of trading, with just a slight 10.4% pullback in the after-market. The company priced at $16, offering 14.9M shares. NTNX closed at $29.99 on October 19th.

Given this impressive start, we believe NTNX’s underwriters will be ready to issue positive (Buy, Outperform) recommendations after 10.25. This powerful group includes: Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse Securities, Needham & Co., Oppenheimer, Pacific Crest Securities, Piper Jaffray, Raymond James, RBC Capital Markets, Robert W. Baird & Co., Stifel Nicolaus, and William Blair & Co.

We suggest buying NTNX prior to this event to take advantage of a likely pop in price in anticipation of the quiet period expiration.

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Disclosure: I am/we are long NTNX.

Note: This article is written by Don Dion. Visit his site at DRD Investments for expert analysis on current and upcoming IPOs.