Thu, May 26, 5:10 PM
- Taiwanese chip packaging/testing firms Siliconware Precision (SPIL +10%) and ASE (ASX +18%) each closed sharply higher after announcing a merger that provides resolution to ASE's longstanding efforts to acquire Siliconware.
- ASE/Siliconware plan to create a HoldCo that will be listed in Taipei and New York, and own all of the post-merger firm's equity. The HoldCo will issue 0.5 shares for each ASE share, and NT$55/share in cash for each Siliconware share. For reference, Siliconware closed at NT$50.50/share yesterday in Taipei. ASE has already obtained a near-50% stake in Siliconware.
- To appease regulators, each company will continue operating independently under the HoldCo. ASE/Siliconware: "As parallel sibling companies under HoldCo, ASE and SPIL can, through maintaining an operating model which incentivizes healthy competition while promoting cooperation between the two companies, improve their individual operating efficiencies and economies of scale as well as research innovation achievements."
- The companies plan to execute a "Joint Share Exchange Agreement" on or before June 25. The deal's closing is subject to the completion of the agreement and regulatory approvals.
Thu, May 26, 3:00 PM
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Wed, Mar. 9, 1:20 PM
- The chairman of Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission says the commission probably won't reach a decision on ASE's (ASX -1.2%) bid to up its stake in chip packaging/testing peer Siliconware (SPIL -4%) to nearly 50% before March 17, the date when a tender offer window for Siliconware shares closes.
- The chairman adds the decision has been delayed in part because lawmakers have demanded the commission hold two public hearings before making a decision.
- ASE acquired a 25% stake in Siliconware last year, and launched a tender offer to buy another 24.7% in December. Siliconware, looking to fend off ASE, struck a deal to sell a 24.9% stake to China's Tsinghua Unigroup. However, Taiwanese regulators are expected to block the Tsinghua deal on national security grounds.
Dec. 21, 2015, 12:33 PM
- Siliconware (SPIL +2.5%) "will assess" Taiwanese chip packaging/testing peer ASE's (ASX +1.6%) latest offer for the company, an NT$55/share all-cash bid announced last week.
- Siliconware is still trading NT$4 below ASE's offer price in Taipei. In August, ASE offered NT$45/share for Siliconware, while stating it would buy up to 25% of Siliconware's shares on its own.
- Since then, Siliconware has sold large stakes to contract manufacturer Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) and China's state-controlled Tsinghua Unigroup.
Sep. 8, 2015, 3:25 PM
- The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX +3.9%) has risen to its highest levels since mid-August on a day the Nasdaq is posting a 2.3% gain.
- Likely helping out: Microchip (MCHP +8.4%), still often seen as an industry bellwether (though its commentary accompanying last fall's warning sparked criticism), has adjusted its FQ2 (calendar Q3) revenue and EPS guidance to $545M-$563M ($554M midpoint) and $0.60-$0.66 from a prior $$532M-$569M ($550.5M midpoint) and $0.58-$0.66. The outlook comes after many chipmakers (Microchip included) offered below-consensus calendar Q3 guidance amid an inventory correction, weak PC demand, and slowing Chinese smartphone growth.
- Microchip's core ops are said to be tracking in-line with prior expectations, and recently-acquired Micrel's above expectations. The 8.6M shares issued in the Micrel deal have been repurchased.
- Also: Various Taiwanese chipmakers and supply chain firms have reported August sales. Chip packaging/testing firms ASE (ASX +5.9%) and Siliconware (SPIL +4.1%) respectively reported sales were up 5.8% and 5.7% M/M, and up 9.5% and down 4.2% Y/Y.
- Big gainers include Microchip peers NXP (NXPI +6.8%), Freescale (FSL +5.8%), Silicon Labs (SLAB +4.4%), and Cypress (CY +4.4%). Others include Avago (AVGO +5.8%), Xilinx (XLNX +5.7%), Cavium (CAVM +5.5%), Analog Devices (ADI +6.3%), Synaptics (SYNA +5.4%), Linear (LLTC +4.6%), Cirrus Logic (CRUS +4.7%), IDT (IDTI +4.6%), Sigma Designs (SIGM +4.9%), and chip equipment maker Axcelis (ACLS +8%).
- SanDisk, ON Semi, and Silicon Motion are benefiting from upgrades/bullish coverage. Apple holds its iPhone event at 1PM ET tomorrow.
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
Aug. 28, 2015, 10:25 AM
- Hon Hai Precision Industry (OTC:HNHAF) agrees to buy a 21% stake in Siliconware Precision Industries (SPIL -5.2%), after fellow Taiwan-based Apple supplier Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASX -1.6%) said last week it wanted to buy into the company.
- The share-swap announcement comes hours after SPIL rejected ASE's hostile tender offer as too low.
- "Foxconn has become SPIL’s white knight, and makes a more logical partner because they can add growth and even lure Apple to use SPIL instead of ASE," says Vincent Chen, head of research at Yuanta Financial in Taipei.
Aug. 21, 2015, 9:23 AM
- With Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (NYSE:ASX) buying up to 25% of Siliconware Precision Industries (NASDAQ:SPIL) at a healthy premium, Seeking Alpha contributor Dane Capital Management says ChipMOS (NASDAQ:IMOS) should be very much on watch.
- Even at a sizable premium, a purchase by almost any larger competitor would be tremendously accretive, says Dane, and IMOS' huge net cash position and tremendous cash flow makes funding a deal an easy task.
- Previously from Dane Capital: ChipMOS: Oligopoly At 4x EBITDA, 8x EPS With Pending Buyback - A Holiday Gift
- SPIL +23.55% premarket to $6.40.
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- Akamai (AKAM +1.9%) has been upgraded to Outperform by Macquarie. Q2 results are due on July 30.
- Unisys (UIS +7.9%) has been upgraded to Positive by Susquehanna. Shares crashed yesterday following a Q2 miss.
- Chip assembly/test firms ASX (ASX -4.6%) and Siliconware Precision (SPIL -1.7%) have respectively been cut to Neutral and Underweight by JPMorgan.
- As part of a coverage launch for Chinese Internet stocks, Citi has started Dangdang (DANG +6.3%), Weibo (WB +1.4%), Jumei (JMEI +2.5%), and Cheetah Mobile (CMCM +2.1%) at Buy.
Oct. 25, 2013, 9:44 AM
- Constant Contact (CTCT +24.9%) has been upgraded to Buy by Needham after issuing mixed Q3 results and strong 2014 revenue guidance (13% growth vs. 11.9% consensus).
- Sony (SNE +0.6%) has been upgraded to Outperform by Credit Suisse. FQ2 results arrive on Oct. 31.
- Monolithic Power (MPWR +15.8%) has been upgraded to Outperform by Oppenheimer after beating Q3 estimates and issuing in-line Q4 guidance.
- ASX (ASX +2%) has been upgraded to Outperform by Bernstein.
- NCR (NCR -5.7%) has been cut to Neutral by Compass Point after posting mixed Q3 results and reiterating its full-year guidance.
- Rogers (RCI -0.9%) has been cut to Hold by Canaccord a day after posting Q3 results. Macquarie downgraded shares yesterday.
- STMicroelectronics (STM -0.6%) has been cut to Neutral by Goldman three days after missing Q3 estimates and providing weaker-than-expected Q4 guidance.
- WageWorks (WAGE +3.1%) has been started at Buy by SunTrust.
Aug. 11, 2011, 9:25 AM
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Aug. 4, 2011, 9:05 AM
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Jun. 29, 2011, 9:00 AM