Spreadtrum Communications Remains a Hostage to the Market

 |  About: Spreadtrum Communications, Inc. (SPRD)
by: TraderMark

As expected, Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ:SPRD) had an excellent quarter. The stock gapped up but already is in the process of giving back much of the move as individual metrics mean little and we're all hostage to the overall market. I took half off earlier this week, at a price higher than it is currently printing, so I'll just sit on the other half I suppose. The stock would need to clear to new highs along with the S&P 500 regaining at least 1087ish to make a new pass as it.

EDIT: As I typed this the stock has given back almost the entire gain. Ho hum. Well at least it is filling its gap promptly. (Click to enlarge)

Not that valuation matters, but the company should make in excess of $1 this year. Frankly, based on guidance for the next quarter, we could be talking $1.15 for the year but let's use $1 for kicks. So for a growth rate of a couple hundred percent year over year, you get a 11x PE ratio. EDIT: 10x PE ratio as the stock sells off. Sounds reasonable. (Full report here)

Via Reuters:

  • Fabless semiconductor company Spreadtrum Communications Inc posted a quarterly profit as it shipped more third-generation chips and forecast third-quarter revenue above analysts' estimates.
  • For the third quarter, the wireless baseband chipset provider expects revenue of $88-96 million, with flat or slightly lower gross margins on a sequential basis. Analysts were expecting revenue of $76.7 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
  • For the second quarter, the Shanghai-based company reported net income of $11.1 million, or 21 cents per American Depository Share (ADS), compared with a net loss of $13.1 million, or 29 cents per ADS, a year ago. Excluding items, it earned 34 cents per ADS. Analysts on average were expecting earnings of 23 cents per ADS on revenue of $67.1 million.
  • Revenue rose to $71.4 million from $16.2 million recorded a year ago.
  • Unit shipments of 3G semiconductors grew nearly 17-fold over last year.

[May 27, 2010: Bookkeeping - Beginning Spreadtrum Communications]

Disclosure: Long Spreadtrum Communications in fund; no personal position

Original article