Cadence: The Street Gives Up

Investors have thrown in the towel on Cadence Design Systems (CDNS).

Just a week after the board booted most of senior management, the company yesterday disclosed some serious revenue recognition issues. While the company confirmed its previous Q3 guidance, the Street has obviously lost all faith in Cadence, and the stock has cratered.

Citigroup’s Terence Whalen today cut his rating on the stock to Hold from Buy, lowering his price target on the shares to $5.50 from $11.50. He says that the accounting freeze stops the company from buying back stock and “casts doubt” on results and the guidance. And he says the management exodus “was deeper and potentially more disruptive than we expected.”

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