Decline of 6.1% Faced by Logitech Following Sluggish Growth Trend Analysts Lower Target

Logitech International, a prominent manufacturer of computer peripherals like headphones, mice, and webcams, witnessed a significant drop in its stock value following the news of Chief Financial Officer Charles ‘Chuck’ Boynton’s departure.

Boynton, who assumed the CFO position in 2023, will exit the company to pursue another opportunity, albeit staying on board until mid-May to facilitate a smooth transition.

This development triggered a notable decline in Logitech’s shares, plunging 7.2% to $87.69 during premarket trading and further decreasing by 6.1% to $81.56 in Monday afternoon trading. This marks the lowest close for the stock since November 10, 2023.

Boynton’s departure adds to a string of executive exits at Logitech, with four key executives, including the current CFO, resigning within the past 18 months.

Analyst Perspectives on Financial Outlook

Morgan Stanley analyst Erik Woodring downgraded Logitech stock from Equal Weight to Underweight, lowering the price target to $75 from $85. This suggests a potential 14% decline from the stock’s closing price on Friday.

Logitech’s CFO, Charles Boynton, departing has triggered a 7.2% premarket stock dip and a 6.1% afternoon decline. (Credits: The Org)

Woodring’s outlook stems from the expectation of Logitech achieving a modest 3% annual revenue growth through 2027, well below the company’s long-term growth target of 8%-to-10%.

He attributes this forecast to heightened competition and a decrease in COVID-19-driven purchases for at-home work, which are expected to impede Logitech’s revenue growth.

Despite these challenges, Logitech maintains its full-year outlook, projecting sales between $4.2 billion to $4.25 billion in fiscal 2024, representing a decrease of at least 6% from the previous year.

Strategic Initiatives Amid Uncertainties

In response to shifting market dynamics and internal changes, Logitech underscores mergers and acquisitions as a “key tenet” to its growth strategy.

Morgan Stanley analyst downgrades Logitech stock, citing lower revenue growth and competition concerns. (Credits: ETimes)

However, Woodring expresses doubts about the feasibility of large-scale M&A activities given the recent instability in the company’s executive team. He suggests that Logitech’s shareholders might favor capital returns, such as share buybacks, over mergers and acquisitions.

These strategic decisions unfold against the backdrop of Logitech, alongside other tech firms, grappling with “many headwinds and uncertainties” that could impact its future net sales, as highlighted in the company’s January announcement.

Sajda Parveen
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