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Avago Technologies (NASDAQ:AVGO) plans to price their IPO this week. The company, based in Singapore, is a leading designer of analog semiconductor devices. FT Alphaville blog notes that some Wall Street banks are not happy with the participation of KKR, one of the company's private equity owners, in the IPO.

Business Overview (from prospectus)

We are a leading designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of analog semiconductor devices with a focus on III-V based products. We differentiate ourselves through our high performance design and integration capabilities. III-V semiconductor materials have higher electrical conductivity, enabling faster speeds and tend to have better performance characteristics than conventional silicon in applications such as radio frequency, or RF, and optoelectronics. III-V refers to elements from those groups in the periodic table of chemical elements, and examples of these materials are gallium arsenide (GaAs), gallium nitride (GaN) and indium phosphide (InP). Our product portfolio is extensive and includes approximately 6,500 products in four primary target markets: wireless communications, wired infrastructure, industrial and automotive electronics, and consumer and computing peripherals. Applications for our products in these target markets include cellular phones, consumer appliances, data networking and telecommunications equipment, enterprise storage and servers, factory automation, displays, optical mice and printers.

Offering: 36 million shares at $13 - $15 per share. Net proceeds of approximately $278 million will be used to pay equity sponsors and repay debt.

Lead Underwriters: Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Morgan Stanley

Financial Highlights:

Net revenue was $693 million for the six months ended May 3, 2009, compared to $813 million for the six months ended May 4, 2008, a decrease of $120 million or 15%...Total cost of products sold (which includes amortization of manufacturing-related intangible assets and restructuring charges) was $452 million for the six months ended May 3, 2009, compared to $497 million for the six months ended May 4, 2008, a decrease of $45 million or 9%... Research and development expense was $121 million for the six months ended May 3, 2009, compared to $128 million for the six months ended May 4, 2008, a decrease of $7 million or 5%... Selling, general and administrative expense was $82 million for the six months ended May 3, 2009 compared to $98 million for the six months ended May 4, 2008, a decrease of $16 million or 16%.

Competitors:

In the wireless communications target market, we provide RF amplifiers, filters, modules and LEDs for mobile phones. Our primary competitors for this target market are Hittite Microwave Corporation, RF Micro Devices, Inc., Skyworks Solutions, Inc. and TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. We compete based on our expertise in amplifier design, FBAR technology and module integration. We also compete against a number of smaller, niche wireless players based on our proprietary design expertise, broad product portfolio, proprietary material processes and integration expertise.

In the wired infrastructure target market, we provide fiber optic transceivers and SerDes ASICs for high-speed data communications and server applications. Our primary competitors for this target market are Finisar Corporation, International Business Machines Corp. Microelectronics Division, ST Microelectronics N.V. and Texas Instruments Incorporated. We compete based on the strength of our high speed proprietary design expertise, our deep customer relationships, proprietary process technology and broad product portfolio.

In the industrial and automotive electronics target market, we provide fiber optic transceivers for communication networks, LEDs for displays, motion control encoders and subsystems and optocouplers for factory automation and motor controls. Our primary competitors for this target market are Analog Devices, Inc., Heidenhain Corporation, NEC Electronics Corporation and Toshiba Corporation. We compete based on our design expertise, broad product portfolio, reputation for quality products and large customer base.

In the consumer and computing peripherals target market, we provide optical mouse image sensors for optical mice and motion control encoders and subsystems for printers and optical disk drives. Our primary competitors for this target market are Pixart Imaging Inc. and Sharp Corporation. In these applications, we compete based on our long history of innovation and market leadership, along with our design expertise.

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Source: Avago IPO Excites and Disturbs Wall Street