Mon, Nov. 16, 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.
Tue, Oct. 27, 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
Tue, Oct. 13, 12:45 PM
Tue, Oct. 13, 10:12 AM
- Aixtron (NASDAQ:AIXG) now expects 2015 revenue of €190M-€200M ($216M-$227M), below prior guidance of €22M-€250M. The German LED equipment (MOCVD) maker blames the push-out of shipments to a large Chinese customer. The shipments are now expected in 2016 "depending on the progress of the ongoing milestone-based qualification process."
- The company still expects to achieve EBITDA breakeven in 2H15. Q3 results arrive on Oct. 27.
- Aixtron is close to a 52-week low of $5.40. Rival Veeco (VECO -1.1%), which reports on Oct. 28, is down modestly.
Fri, Jul. 31, 9:35 AM
- BNP Paribas has upgraded Aixtron (NASDAQ:AIXG) to Outperform 3 days after the German LED/chip equipment maker posted a Q2 miss.
- In spite of the miss, Aixtron reiterated full-year revenue guidance of €220M-€250M. The company also reported its order backlog (pressured in recent quarter by soft LED capex) rose 15% Q/Q and 37% Y/Y to €91.2M, and that it's seeing "strong interest" in the OLED manufacturing equipment obtained through the PlasmaSi acquisition.
Thu, Jul. 9, 9:41 AM
- Believing 2015 guidance is at risk, European firm Kepler Cheuvreux has downgraded Aixtron (NASDAQ:AIXG) to Reduce, and cut its target by €2 to €5 ($5.53).
- Kepler's Bernd Laux: "The recovery of the company's business continues to lack momentum, with its customers suffering from excess capacity and price erosion ... Taking into account lacklustre demand (e.g. depressed backlighting) and strong price erosion for LEDs (e.g. Cree warning), thus continued suboptimal loading, demand for the delivery of new MOCVD tools has remained behind original expectations. Hence, Aixtron's huge San'an order will most likely also be pushed out."
- The German chip/LED equipment maker has made new 52-week lows, and is now down 45% YTD.
Wed, May 6, 3:31 PM
- Today's notable tech gainers include LED/chip equipment maker Aixtron (AIXG +6.7%), distributed power system/software firm PowerSecure (POWR +7.2%), cloud customer support software vendor Zendesk (ZEN +5%), and chip packaging IP firm Tessera (TSRA +4.9%).
- Notable decliners include LED giant Cree (CREE -4.2%), 3D printer maker ExOne (XONE -5.6%), big data/analytics software provider Hortonworks (HDP -5.7%), health site owner Everyday Health (EVDY -7.7%), and IP licensing firm WiLAN (WILN -6%). The Nasdaq is down 0.7%.
- PowerSecure is up after beating Q1 estimates on the back of major increases in Distributed Generation and Solar Energy segment sales. Zendesk is up after posting a Q1 beat and guiding for full-year revenue of $192M-$195M (above a $189.6M consensus). Tessera is rallying thanks to a Q1 beat and strong Q2 guidance (revenue of $62M-$64M and EPS of $0.47-$0.50 vs. a consensus of $$57.3M and $0.40).
- Cree is adding to the losses seen two weeks ago after it posted mixed results and light guidance. ExOne's drop comes after larger rival 3D Systems declined to provide guidance with its Q1 results. Everyday has been downgraded to Hold by Stifel. WiLAN is adding to last week's post-earnings losses.
- Previously covered: Zulily, Groupon, Axcelis, QuinStreet, Skullcandy, Millennial Media, LendingClub, TechTarget, Anadigics, Zagg, Cray, Enphase, Wix.com, Jive Software
Wed, Apr. 8, 12:43 PM
- Believing LED equipment rival Veeco (VECO -2.3%) is better-positioned in China, Berenberg's Tammy Qiu has downgraded Aixtron (AIXG -2.5%) to Hold, and cut her target by €5 to €8 ($8.64).
- Qiu thinks Veeco's solutions are more efficient and deliver greater automation, and that Aixtron provided leading LED manufacturer San'an favorable pricing to score a big order last year.
- The downgrade comes as Aixtron announces the acquisition of PlasmaSi, a maker of thin-film encapsulation equipment for OLED production, for up to $16M in cash. OLED investments have been growing rapidly, thanks to both mobile demand and the nascent OLED TV and lighting markets.
- In spite of Qiu's positive remarks, Veeco has followed Aixtron lower on an up day for tech. Shares are about $3 above a 52-week low of $27.80.
Thu, Apr. 2, 3:20 PM
- The the Nasdaq is up only fractionally ahead of the long weekend, the ranks of major tech gainers have easily outnumbered the ranks of major decliners today.
- Today's notable gainers include Chinese online video site Youku (YOKU +4.5%), IP licensing firm VirnetX (VHC +6.7%), mobile payment-processing/telemetry services firm USA Technologies (USAT +5.8%), VoIP service provider magicJack (CALL +5%), LED/chip equipment firm Aixtron (AIXG +4.9%), Chinese jobs site 51job (JOBS +4.9%), grocery coupon site Coupons.com (COUP +4.5%), telecom services/analytics firm Neustar (NSR +3.2%), and LED/chip equipment vendors Veeco (VECO +2.7%) and Aixtron (AIXG +4.9%).
- Youku is bouncing after having sold off to new 52-week lows in the wake of its Q4 numbers and an SEC inquiry disclosure. magicJack is recovering some of the big March losses seen after the company posted mixed Q4 results. Neustar is now up 19% since confirming a major contract loss and announcing a $150M buyback a week ago.
- Previously covered: 500.com, AudioCodes, Renren, Expedia, Hutchison, ReneSola, Cheetah Mobile, Sungy Mobile, Yandex, Digital Ally
- Notable decliners: Motorola Solutions, NeoPhotonics, TrueCar, Carbonite, Elephant Talk
Thu, Mar. 26, 10:50 AM
- The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX -1.8%) is now down 6% over the last two days. Today's losses come after NAND flash giant SanDisk issued a Q1 warning and withdrew its full-year guidance - price pressure, soft enterprise sales, and delayed product qualifications were all blamed.
- Meanwhile, some are partly blaming yesterday's big selloff on cautious remarks from TSMC (has an estimated ~50% global foundry share) at a Credit Suisse conference. CS analyst Randy Abrams reports TSMC (NYSE:TSM) has observed "a slowdown in the past 4-5 weeks due to US$ strength impacting European and emerging market purchasing power," and that inventories "will be a few days above seasonal exiting 1Q15." Pac Crest downgraded TSMC two weeks ago on inventory concerns.
- Following an Asian trip, Susquehanna's Chris Caso has argued there isn't too much to be alarmed about, though he admits forex could be an issue. "There’s mixed signals here and there. We weren’t picking up anything that was tremendously different across the supply chain. PCs were the weakest area. That’s really not a surprise."
- RF chipmakers Skyworks (SWKS -4.6%) and Qorvo (QRVO -2.1%), among 2014's best performers, are again selling off; peer Avago is off only slightly. Also seeing further profit-taking are Ambarella (AMBA -3%), NXP (NXPI -3.6%), Freescale (FSL -2.8%), Cavium (CAVM -3.2%), and STMicroelectronics (STM -4.5%).
- Among equipment makers, Axcelis (ACLS -2.9%), Aixtron (AIXG -3.6%), Veeco (VECO -3%), and Kulicke & Soffa (KLIC -2.5%) are declining. A selloff in European equities could be affecting Aixtron, NXP/Freescale, and STMicro.
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
- Update: Credit Suisse, Goldman, and Deutsche have each offered thoughts on the chip selloff.
Wed, Mar. 18, 11:16 AM
- JPMorgan reports Samsung is slowing down the pace of its DRAM capacity ramp. The firm reiterates an Overweight rating and $40 target on Micron (MU +0.8%), whose shares have been hit more than once by Samsung spending fears.
- While Micron edges higher, chip equipment maker Lam Research (LRCX -4.3%), which has considerable DRAM exposure, is selling off. Mattson (MTSN -11.8%), Aixtron (AIXG -1.9%), and Axcelis (ACLS -1.1%), other equipment makers that have DRAM exposure, are also lower. Mattson dived around 11AM after initially posting moderate losses.
- Lam, a David Einhorn favorite, offered upbeat commentary about 2015 DRAM capex on its FQ2 CC (transcript), and noted 30% industry bit growth is expected this year.
- Also: 1) Drexel Hamilton has made upbeat comments about DRAM demand after talking with an unnamed Asian memory maker; the firm expects mobile DRAM demand to restore a supply/demand balance later this year. 2) Jefferies (Buy) has cut its Micron target by $5 to $40, predicting Q1 DRAM pricing weakness will continue into Q2 due soft PC demand, before smartphone demand and "corrective actions on the supply side" lead prices to stabilize.
- Yesterday: Micron drops on RBC target cut
Dec. 22, 2014, 3:51 PM
- Taiwanese LED industry sources tell Digitimes the Chinese government "has ordered its subordinate agencies and local governments to stop offering subsidies and tax incentives for China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers because such offering has disrupted market mechanisms and may violate WTO rules."
- Cree (CREE +3%), which has lost mid-power LED chip share to low-cost Chinese manufacturers, could benefit from the ending of subsidies. As might Taiwan's SemiLEDs (LEDS +6.3%) and U.S. LED wafer supplier Rubicon (RBCN -3.5%).
- On the other hand, equipment suppliers Veeco (VECO +2%) and Aixtron (AIXG -1.2%) could see their Chinese orders slump. Aixtron soared in September after landing a major order from Chinese LED chipmaker San'an Optoelectronics. Digitimes notes San'an has received generous subsidies from the Xiamen city government, and has placed major orders with both Aixtron and Veeco.
Oct. 22, 2014, 2:50 PM
- Canaccord and D.A. Davidson have downgraded Cree (CREE -16.7%) to neutral ratings after the company offered a weaker-than-expected FQ2 outlook and reported a 580 bps Q/Q gross margin drop.
- Canaccord's Jonathan Dorsheimer, who wasn't quite enthusiastic about reiterating a Buy following Cree's Oct. 2 FQ1 warning: "In spite of the fact that we may be...marking the bottom for CREE shares, we simply fail to see a potentially positive catalyst ... Our thesis was based around the transition from captive to merchant sales in Cree’s components [business], which at best has been pushed by 6-9 months now."
- He adds Canaccord's research confirms Cree has lost LED component share to Philips' Lumileds unit, and that a shift towards mid-power LED sales in China is also taking a toll.
- Cowen's Jeffrey Osborne (Market Perform) thinks margins will stabilize as Cree cuts factory output, continues seeing healthy lighting and power/RF growth, and gets a lighting margin boost from a mix shift to non-bulb lighting products. He's still cautious on account of Cree's near-term LED component challenges, but expects the company's technology strengths will help its cause long-term.
- Fellow LED industry names Rubicon (RBCN -2.3%), Veeco (VECO -3.7%), and Aixtron (AIXG -2.5%) are also lower.
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Aixtron SE provides deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry. Its solutions are used to build components for electronic and opto-electronic applications based on compound, silicon, or organic semiconductor materials.
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