NUVA Upgraded to BUY

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David Evanson and William Plovanic, Winter, 2012

Calling the company a “Top Quality Asset At A Rock Bottom Price”, Canaccord Genuity life sciences analyst William Plovanic upgraded his NuVasive (NUVA) rating to BUY and reiterated his $19 price target on the company. Mr. Plovanic said:

“. . .we believe the valuation at current levels out weighs legal risks that have weighed down the stock. Furthermore, we are resetting our estimates, reflecting the removal of unapproved products (PCM and Attrax), a slower ramp OUS [outside United States] and a more conservative estimate for Impulse Monitoring. As a result, we believe new product approvals, cross-selling opportunities between Impulse and NuVasive’s core business, and an improving international macro environment now add upside to our expectations.”

He added, “. . . we believe NuVasive is the best asset in the space and believe a bid at a much higher price is not out of the question.”