Mon, May 23, 12:36 PM
- A fund known as Grand Chip Investment is acquiring Aixtron (AIXG +13.1%) for €6.00/share ($6.72/share), or €670M ($750M) after factoring net cash. The price represents a 23% premium to Aixtron's Friday close, and a 48% premium to where shares traded before Bloomberg first reported of Aixtron's sale efforts on March 31.
- The all-cash offer requires the support of shareholders owning 60% of Aixtron's shares. Though up strongly today, Aixtron still trades 8% below its buyout price, perhaps due to concerns about regulatory scrutiny.
- Aixtron popped on Friday after Bloomberg reported a €5.50/share could be close. Rival Veeco (VECO +1.6%) is up 7% over the last two trading days.
Fri, May 20, 12:38 PM
- Bloomberg reports Aixtron (AIXG +9.6%) is talking with Chinese firms about a potential sale. The report follows one on March 31 stating the German LED/chip equipment maker is holding informal sale talks and working with JPMorgan to explore options.
- Aixtron is posting big gains, but it's worth noting shares were already doing very well before Bloomberg's latest report. A broader rally in chip equipment stocks that has followed Applied Materials' strong earnings/guidance appears to be helping out.
- U.S.-based rival Veeco (VECO +3.2%) is also outperforming on a day the Nasdaq is up 1.4%. Bloomberg's March report stated Aixtron had spoken with both Veeco and Chinese firms. Both companies have been hit hard by weak LED equipment demand caused by industry oversupply.
Tue, Apr. 26, 9:16 AM
Wed, Mar. 23, 12:45 PM
Wed, Mar. 23, 10:20 AM
- Aixtron (AIXG +13%) "has successfully achieved all milestones in the internal qualification process" set up by leading Taiwanese LED chipmaker Epistar for Aixtron's AIX R6 MOCVD production system.
- Aixtron: "In the course of the qualification process, the AIX R6 confirmed its value proposition in terms of throughput maximization, intrinsic yield and uniformity. Particularly designed for LED mass production, the AIX R6 also demonstrated its cost advantages through precursor efficiency and continuous run production modus."
- The announcement comes three months after Aixtron tumbled in response to news Chinese LED chipmaker San'an Optoelectronics had slashed its AIX R6 orders after the system failed to meet San'an's qualification requirements. Shares have made new 2016 highs.
Tue, Feb. 23, 9:04 AM
Fri, Jan. 22, 3:30 PM
- Plenty of tech names crushed over the first 20 days or so of January are sharply higher as the Nasdaq (up 2.4%) continues rebounding from Wednesday's intraday lows. Many still have sizable YTD losses.
- Big gainers among telecom equipment/component firms: Optical component vendors Oclaro (OCLR +9.5%) and NeoPhotonics (NPTN +6%), mobile infrastructure/services giant Ericsson (ERIC +6.2%), optical networking hardware vendor Infinera (INFN +5.2%), and microcap RF backhaul hardware firms DragonWave (DRWI +24.3%) and Ceragon (CRNT +10%). Ericsson underperformed yesterday following a pre-earnings Goldman downgrade.
- Among enterprise tech firms: Threat-prevention technology and services provider FireEye (FEYE +7.7%), big data software provider Hortonworks (HDP +16.1%), security software/services firm Rapid7 (RPD +9.1%), data governance software firm Varonis (VRNS +5.6%), and flash storage array vendor Violin Memory (VMEM +13.6%). FireEye fell slightly yesterday after making a Q4 pre-announcement and announcing a $200M+ acquisition. Hortonworks was crushed on Tuesday after a Q4 pre-announcement and stock offering shelf registration.
- Among chip industry firms: RF chipmaker Skyworks (SWKS +6%), audio codec developer Cirrus Logic (CRUS +7.3%), smart TV/home automation chipmaker Sigma Designs (SIGM +6.5%), FPGA/sensor hub maker QuickLogic (QUIK +9.2%), and chip equipment firms Axcelis (ACLS +4.9%) and Aixtron (AIXG +4.9%). Major Cirrus/Skyworks client Apple reports on Tuesday afternoon.
- Also up big: 3D printer maker 3D Systems (DDD +7.1%), Russian search leader Yandex (YNDX +7.5%), mortgage origination software firm Ellie Mae (ELLI +6.4%), Chinese solar firm Yingli (YGE +11.4%), and SMB Web services provider Wix.com (WIX +5.3%).
- Previously covered: Rosetta Stone, Live Ventures, HP Enterprise, Mitel, Mobileye, Qorvo, SunPower, SolarCity
Thu, Jan. 7, 2:56 PM
- The Nasdaq is down 2.4%, and the S&P down 2%, as investors continue fleeing to safety amid ongoing Chinese worries. Not surprisingly, many high-beta tech names are seeing much steeper losses.
- 5%+ decliners include action camera leader GoPro (GPRO -7.9%), fitness band leader Fitbit (FIT -7.6%), threat-protection hardware/software provider FireEye (FEYE -7.2%), video processor developer/GoPro supplier Ambarella (AMBA -8.6%), flash storage array vendor Violin Memory (VMEM -12.7%), capacitor maker Kemet (KEM -14.6%), and cloud healthcare software firms Castlight (CSLT -8.3%) and Veeva (VEEV -6.4%).
- Others include Russian search leader Yandex (YNDX -5.9%), 3D measurement/scanning hardware firm FARO Technologies (FARO -7.5%), ultracapacitor maker Maxwell (MXWL -9.1%), car-buying site TrueCar (TRUE -8.8%), analog/mixed-signal chipmaker ON Semi (ON -5.4%), online ad platform Rocket Fuel (FUEL -6.3%), and LED/chip equipment maker Aixtron (AIXG -6.8%).
- Previously covered: Chinese tech stocks, solar stocks, Everyday Health, SunEdison, Atmel
Dec. 10, 2015, 12:46 PM
Dec. 10, 2015, 9:54 AM
- Aixtron (NASDAQ:AIXG) is now down 40% over the last two days thanks to yesterday's news major Chinese LED equipment maker San'an Optoelectronics has cancelled plans to buy additional AIX R6 MOCVD systems due to the system's failure to meet qualification requirements.
- Benchmark has downgraded Aixtron to Positive from Buy. Canaccord's Jed Dorsheimer has cut his target by $0.75 to $3.75, while reiterating a Sell. "Given continued weak market conditions, we see a protracted turnaround at best."
- Rival Veeco (NASDAQ:VECO) is now up 7% over the last two days. Benchmark views Aixtron's issues as a positive for Veeco.
Dec. 10, 2015, 9:14 AM
Dec. 9, 2015, 3:57 PM
- Aixtron (NASDAQ:AIXG) has reached a deal with major Chinese LED maker San'an Optoelectronics to cut San'an's orders for Aixtron's AIX R6 MOCVD systems from 50 to just 3 (already delivered).
- It adds San'an's "specific qualification requirements" for the system weren't achieved. Nonetheless, Aixtron insists the companies will "continue their existing partnership by cooperating on future system generations as well as on systems for other applications," and that the company "proceed in marketing and the further development of [its] AIX R6 Showerhead technology."
- Aixtron now expects 2015 revenue of €190M ($209M), at the low end of a prior €190M-€200M guidance range. 2016 revenue is expected to be similar to 2015 levels; consensus is for revenue to grow 27.6% to €246.6M.
- The announcement comes five days after a CLSA downgrade. MOCVD equipment rival Veeco (NASDAQ:VECO) has caught a bid.
Dec. 4, 2015, 9:58 AM
- CLSA has downgraded Veeco (VECO -5.8%) to Underperform, and LED equipment peer Aixtron (AIXG -3.8%) to Sell.
- The downgrades come two weeks after Barclays upgraded Aixtron, arguing LED manufacturing investments from Osram and others will boost demand. Both Aixtron and Veeco saw major Q/Q Q3 bookings drops (I, II), with each blaming delayed spending.
Nov. 16, 2015, 9:00 AM
- Believing new investments from LED manufacturers will lift equipment demand (under pressure for a long time due to industry oversupply), Barclays' Youssef Essaegh has upgraded Aixtron (NASDAQ:AIXG) to Overweight, and doubled his target to €10 ($10.70).
- Essaegh notes German lighting giant Osram (a major Aixtron client) recently announced it plans to significantly expand LED production. Consensus sales estimates are deemed too low, and margins/profits are expected to strongly recover as sales grow.
- Aixtron has risen to $7.38 premarket. The company is coming off a Q3 in which its orders fell 34% Q/Q to €34.4M, something blamed on delayed shipments.
- A rebound in LED equipment demand would also benefit Aixtron rival Veeco (NASDAQ:VECO), which saw its bookings drop 58% Q/Q in Q3 to $52M.
Oct. 27, 2015, 3:59 PM
- Low expectations are giving Aixtron (NASDAQ:AIXG) a lift: The LED/chip equipment maker has risen sharply in spite of missing Q3 revenue estimates (while beating on EPS) and cutting its full-year revenue guidance to €190M-€200M ($209M-$220M) from €220M-€250M. Consensus was already down to €207.8M.
- Orders fell 34% Q/Q in Q3 to €34.4M (less than revenue of €54.6M). Aixtron blames delayed shipments, particularly for its AIX R6 showerhead tool. An initial order has been received for Aixtron's Optacap OLED encapsulation technology.
- Boosting EPS: Gross margin rose to 33% from Q2's depressed 9%. Aixtron had €243.5M in cash at the end of Q3, and no bank borrowings.
- Q3 results, PR
Oct. 13, 2015, 12:45 PM
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