Fri, May 20, 10:56 AM
- Lam Research (LRCX +4.1%), KLA-Tencor (KLAC +2.3%), ASML (ASML +2.2%), Axcelis (ACLS +3.9%), Kulicke & Soffa (KLIC +3%), Ultratech (UTEK +3.5%), Teradyne (TER +2.3%), Rudolph Technologies (RTEC +2.6%), and Xcerra (XCRA +2.7%) are outperforming after Applied Materials (AMAT +13.2%) beat FQ2 estimates, provided FQ3 guidance that was well above consensus, and reported FQ2 orders rose 52% Q/Q and 37% Y/Y to $3.45B. The Nasdaq is up 1.2%.
- Applied's order growth was fueled in large part by display equipment orders totaling $700M, up sharply from $183M in the prior quarter and $120M a year ago. On its earnings call, AMAT said display order strength is likely to continue "over the rest of 2016," and is being driven by mobile-related OLED investments - many reports have indicated Apple plans to bring iPhones sporting OLEDs to market next year.
- OLED materials/IP provider Universal Display (OLED +5.2%) is rallying. As are display panel makers LG Display (LPL +6.5%) and AU Optronics (AUO +3.2%), each of which have been stepping up their OLED investments, and industrial laser maker Coherent (COHR +2.5%), which has recently seen an OLED-related order surge.
- Also: Applied's NAND flash-related orders more than doubled Y/Y to nearly $1B thanks to its customers' 3D NAND investments. That more than offset softer DRAM and foundry-related chip equipment demand. On the call, Applied suggested NAND orders will slow a bit in the second half of FY16, but remain strong overall. Foundry demand is expected to grow somewhat this year, with Applied gaining share. Industry wafer fab equipment demand is expected to be flat to slightly up.
- B. Riley has upgraded Applied to Buy, and several firms have hiked their targets. Cowen's Tim Arcuri thinks $3 in annual EPS is now possible. Credit Suisse's Farhan Ahmad: "AMAT is clearly outgrowing peers this year, driven by favourable mix shift within WFE (NAND/Foundry increasing, DRAM declining) and strong growth in Display (China/OLED investments)."
Thu, Apr. 28, 4:22 PM
Wed, Mar. 16, 4:54 PM
- Coherent (NASDAQ:COHR) is acquiring industrial laser peer Rofin-Sinar (NASDAQ:RSTI) for $942M, or $32.50/share, in cash. The price represents a 42% premium to Rofin's Wednesday close.
- The deal is expected to close in 6-9 months, provided shareholders and regulators approve. For reference, Coherent closed today with a $2.06B market cap.
- Coherent plans to finance the purchase via existing cash and committed debt financing from Barclays. CEO John Ambroseo: "The combination of Coherent and ROFIN represents a unique opportunity to strengthen Coherent's position in materials processing. The addition of ROFIN's complementary portfolio will build on Coherent's capabilities as a world leader in laser and photonics-based technology and solutions and create meaningful value for our stockholders." Rofin CEO Thomas Merk declares the two companies to be "highly complementary both technologically and geographically."
- The deal is expected to be accretive to EPS in its first full year after closing, and produce $30M/year in synergies within 18-24 months of closing. It could stoke M&A hopes for peers IPG Photonics (NASDAQ:IPGP), Newport (NASDAQ:NEWP), and GSI Group (NASDAQ:GSIG).
- COHR and RSTI appear to be halted. CC at 5PM ET (webcast).
- Update (5:43PM ET): After coming off a halt, Rofin-Sinar is up 44% after hours to $33.00. The price suggests some investors are betting on a higher bid.
Mon, Mar. 7, 2:09 PM
- Stifel's Patrick Newton, hiking his Coherent (COHR +3.2%) target by $18 to $100: "Our research indicates the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) supply chain is ramping for OLED production across its portfolio, likely in the 2018 timeframe, requiring a significant investment in OLED hardware, including Coherent’s Excimer Laser Assembly (ELA) Linebeam products." His FY16 (ends Sep. '16) and FY17 EPS estimates have been respectively hiked by $0.15 and $0.20 to $4.40 and $5.25; consensus is at $4.44 and $5.07.
- Newton: "We note technologies that use Coherent’s solution, specifically low temperature polysilicon (LTPS), has significantly higher share in OLED production relative to LCD. Our research indicates benefits from the OLED shift extend beyond hardware with the higher utilization of laser discharge units (LDUs) increasing the company’s service revenue relative to LCD, all else equal." He also observes Coherent's OLED-related laser sales carry higher margins than its LCD-related sales.
- The note comes five weeks after Coherent reported (along with FQ1 results) strong OLED-related orders for its Linebeam laser systems, and forecast the orders would continue through 2017. It also follows multiple reports indicating Apple plans to use OLEDs in future iPhones - the Nikkei reported of a 2018 ETA.
- Universal Display (OLED +5.1%) is going in the same direction as Coherent, much as it did after Coherent's FQ1 report. Shares have more than recovered the losses seen after Universal posted a Q4 miss and issued light 2016 guidance on Feb. 25.
Fri, Jan. 29, 12:44 PM
Fri, Jan. 29, 12:39 PM
- Coherent (COHR +20.5%) missed FQ1 sales estimates (while beating on EPS) and guided on its earnings call (transcript) for FQ2 revenue of $195M-$200M, below a $208.7M consensus.
- However, the industrial laser maker also reported FQ1 bookings totaled $273M, up 32.9% Q/Q and 68% Y/Y, and good for a 1.43 book-to-bill. Moreover, a fresh bookings record is forecast for FQ2, and orders are expected to remain strong in the second half of FY16.
- CEO John Ambroseo attributed the numbers to strong OLED manufacturing-related orders for Coherent's Linebeam systems. "The first wave of orders for large format Linebeam systems to be used in OLED production accounted for the bookings increase. The second wave has already arrived in the current quarter with an order well in excess of $150 million. There are a significant number of orders pending for the balance of the second quarter and for the remainder of fiscal 2016 ... We can tell you that deliveries begin in the June quarter and run through calendar 2017."
- The disclosure comes shortly after LG Display announced new investments to ramp OLED TV panel production, and amid reports Apple plans to use OLEDs in future iPhones (one report indicated a 2018 ETA).
- OLED materials/IP provider Universal Display (OLED +8.6%) is up strongly. Coherent peers Rofin-Sinar (RSTI +4.3%), IPG Photonics (IPGP +2.6%), and Newport (NEWP +3.5%) are also doing well. The Nasdaq is up 1.5%.
- Coherent's FQ1 results, earnings release
Nov. 5, 2015, 11:02 AM
- With expectations fairly low following the company's July FQ3 miss, Coherent (NASDAQ:COHR) has soared above $63 with the help of a 110 bps Q/Q and 410 bps Y/Y increase in adjusted gross margin to 44.6%. In addition, bookings (though still slightly below revenue of $209.6M) rose 16.3% Q/Q and 12.4% Y/Y to $205.4M.
- The beat is overshadowing FQ1 revenue guidance (provided on the earnings call) of $192M-$198M, below a $202.4M consensus. GM is expected to drop to 42.5%-43%, thanks partly to higher neon gas prices (caused by a supply shortage).
- The industrial laser maker notes a favorable product mix and lower warranty costs boosted its bottom line. Also lifting EPS: $50M was spent to buy back 868K shares, and GAAP operating expenses fell by $1.6M Y/Y to $55.4M.
- Microelectronics was a strong point in FQ4, with revenue rising 20.5% Q/Q due to the shipment of a Linebeam 1500 system for OLED manufacturing. Coherent thinks OLED industry investments could lead to "substantial" FY16 orders, with deliveries running well into FY17.
- FQ4 results, PR
May 21, 2015, 3:04 PM
- Today's notable tech gainers include Chinese online travel firms Qunar (QUNR +5%) and eLong (LONG +6.8%), Chinese IM/entertainment/gaming platform YY (YY +4.4%), flash storage array vendor Violin Memory (VMEM +3.9%), online furniture retailer Wayfair (W +5%), and industrial laser maker Coherent (COHR +4.9%). The Nasdaq is up 0.4%.
- Notable decliners include solar installer SPI (OTCQB:SOPW -4.8%) and unstructured data management software firm Varonis (VRNS -5.1%).
- Qunar is making fresh highs, and eLong is up 17% over the last two days. YY is recovering some of last week's post-earnings losses. Wayfair posted a Q1 beat 9 days ago. Violin, which saw insider buying in March, posts FQ1 results on June 2. Varonis is two weeks removed from plunging due to a Q1 revenue miss and soft guidance.
- Previously covered: Salesforce, NetApp, Youku, Stratasys, Shopify, Trina, OpenText, Cree, Wave Systems
Apr. 30, 2015, 4:00 PM
- Though industrial laser maker Coherent (COHR -5.7%) beat FQ2 estimates, it guided on its CC (transcript) for FQ3 revenue of $190M-$210M, mostly below a $209.6M consensus. The company also guided for FY15 (ends Sep. '15) revenue of $820M-$830M, below an $840.9M consensus.
- Peers IPG Photonics (IPGP -4.1%), Newport (NEWP -5.2%), and Rofin-Sinar (RSTI -2.8%) have joined Coherent in underperforming amid a 1.8% drop for the Nasdaq. Laser component makers II-VI (IIVI -6.2%) and GSI Group (GSIG -4.8%) have also sold off.
- Coherent partly blamed its guidance on a strong dollar. However, the company also noted "capex investments have been muted despite continued growth in bit and device output due, in part to yield and process enhancements" - capex budget cuts from chip giants Intel and TSMC were highlighted - and that a $10M deal for a consumer electronics packaging laser project fell through when the customer "decided to stick with their current process and reuse existing equipment."
- FQ2 book-to-bill was still a solid 1.08, and Coheren't backlog of orders expected to ship within 12 months was up 4% Y/Y to $315.3M. Materials processing and instrumentation/OEM component orders were strong, while microelectronics (chip) industry orders were soft.
- IPG is down 6% since posting mixed Q1 results and solid Q2 guidance on Tuesday morning. II-VII is down 5% since providing an FQ3 beat at the same time.
Jan. 30, 2015, 12:45 PM
Jan. 30, 2015, 12:39 PM
- With shares having gone into trading near their 52-week low of $53.76, Coherent's (NASDAQ:COHR) FQ1 beat is easily overshadowing light FQ2 guidance: Revenue of $195M-$205M vs. a $209.2M consensus.
- Also helping: The industrial laser vendor has launched a new $25M buyback (good through Jan. 2016), and stated on its CC (transcript) it expects fiscal 2H revenue to be up ~10% from 1H levels. A $25M buyback launched last July has been used up.
- With OEM order timings and soft European sales weighing on results, FQ1 bookings fell 19% Y/Y to $162.5M, and book-to-bill was 0.81. Strong Asian life sciences demand is boosting sales of Coherent's Chameleon lasers.
- FQ1 results, PR
Nov. 1, 2013, 9:21 AM
- Discussing its Q3 EPS (flat Y/Y and $0.03 below consensus), IPG Photonics (IPGP) says the figure "reflects the peak of [its] current investment cycle expanding manufacturing capacity, R&D and sales and marketing."
- Those investments are set to affect Q4 results as well: The industrial laser vendor is guiding for Q4 revenue of $155M-$170M and EPS of $0.68-$0.82 vs. a consensus of $163.6M and $0.80. Demand is expected to be "seasonally weaker in certain areas."
- Also hurting EPS: gross margin came in at 53.9%, +40 bps Q/Q but -110 bps Y/Y. R&D spend jumped 48% Y/Y to $11.5M, sales/marketing rose 17% to $6.8M; both growth rates exceeded revenue growth of 10%.
- Asian sales rose 40% Y/Y thanks to strong Chinese/Turkish demand, but North American and European sales fell. IPG's core materials processing business saw 19% Y/Y sales growth, down from 26% in Q2 and 29% in Q1.
- No mention in the PR of book-to-bill; in the Q2 report, IPG announced B2B "substantially exceeded 1."
- COHR -1% in sympathy
- Q3 results, PR
Jan. 25, 2013, 4:23 PM
Coherent (COHR +10.6%) continued its recent rally in the wake of its FQ1 report. Though results were mixed, the industrial/electronics laser vendor guided in prepared remarks (.pdf) for FQ2 revenue of $193M-$203M, above a $192.7M consensus. Also, FQ1 gross margin rose 100 bps Q/Q to 42.6%, and book-to-bill was 0.96, a healthy figure in light of macro (Europe) and industry-specific (science, electronics/chips) challenges. Peers rose in sympathy: IPGP +2.2%. NEWP +1.5%. RSTI +2.1%.| Jan. 25, 2013, 4:23 PM
Oct. 31, 2012, 10:08 AM
IPG Photonics (IPGP -6.7%) continues to slump following its Q3 report. Though results beat estimates, the industrial laser maker is guiding for Q4 revenue of $140M-$150M and EPS of $0.65-$0.75, below a consensus of $156.3M and $0.81. IPG, which is heavily exposed to Europe and China, says its Q3 book-to-bill was below 1, and that macro pressures in "a few key geographies" are hurting sales. Rival Coherent (COHR -2.2%) is also lower. IPG's CC is underway (webcast). (PR)| Oct. 31, 2012, 10:08 AM
Oct. 22, 2012, 5:38 PM
Aug. 25, 2011, 2:11 PM
Coherent (COHR -2.7%) announces a new $50M stock buyback plan after the laser products company says it completed a previously announced $75M buyback. Shares were down 6% earlier today before recovering a bit.| Aug. 25, 2011, 2:11 PM