Thu, Nov. 5, 3:12 PM
- Mellanox (MLNX -1.7%) is off moderately after EZchip (EZCH -0.2%), which Mellanox is set to acquire for $811M (provided shareholders approve), posted nearly in-line Q3 results and guided for Q4 revenue of $25M, below a $33.1M consensus. The network processor vendor attributes the outlook to "near-term inventory adjustments across several key customers that are serving the carrier networking space," and insists it isn't reflective of the company's long-term outlook,
- However, with major shareholder Raging Capital continuing to oppose Mellanox's planned acquisition of EZchip, EZchip is using the guidance to argue in favor of the Mellanox deal. "The fully financed, all-cash, $25.50 per share offer from Mellanox provides EZchip shareholders with immediate and certain cash value. This is in contrast to the headwinds a standalone EZchip could face as we continue to witness further industry consolidation and the moves of major customers toward in-house production for NPS-400 functionality."
- EZchip has also issued a new PR making a case for a "Yes" vote. Shareholder advisory firm Glass Lewis opposes the deal, while peers ISS and Entropy are in favor of it.
- Thanks to fears the deal could fall through, EZchip is trading at $24.24, 5% below Mellanox's buyout price.
- EZchip's Q3 results, PR
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- In addition to beating Q2 estimates, EZchip (NASDAQ:EZCH) has guided on its earnings call for Q3 revenue of $30M-$31M, in-line with a $30.5M consensus. Many other chipmakers with strong telecom/networking exposure have issued below-consensus guidance (I, II).
- Though (as previously announced) Cisco doesn't plan to use EZchip's NPS-400 network processor (NPU) in next-gen edge router line cards, the company is expected to account for ~35% of EZchip's 2015 revenue. The NPS-400 is set to begin sampling in Q4; 5 NPS-400 design wins were scored in Q2 with tier-1 OEMs.
- CEO Eli Fruchter: "To the best of our knowledge, there is no NPU-based roadmap within other merchant silicon vendors. This could position EZchip to become the only high-end merchant NPU vendor in the market able to satisfy the growing demand from both traditional networking vendors as well as from new white box customers."
- Gross margin was 76.7%, up from 74% in Q1 and down from 80.9% a year ago. $4.7M was spent on buybacks. EZchip ended Q2 with $189M in cash (equal to 33% of its current market cap), and no debt.
- Q2 results, PR
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- Application delivery controller/security hardware vendor F5 (FFIV +6.9%) beat FQ3 estimates on the back of strong software sales, and provided above-consensus FQ4 EPS guidance (revenue was in-line). With growing 100G long-haul optical deployments serving as a tailwind, optical networking hardware vendor Infinera (INFN +9.6%) beat Q2 estimates and provided strong Q3 guidance.
- Also: Optical component vendor Alliance Fiber (AFOP +16%) beat estimates and offered healthy guidance. Strong datacom component demand from cloud service providers was cited.
- A slew of telecom/networking equipment, component, and chip vendors are higher on a day the Nasdaq is down 0.4%. The list includes Infinera rival Ciena (CIEN +1.6%), F5 rival Radware (RDWR +3.3%), and Alliance Fiber peer NeoPhotonics (NPTN +4.7%). Others include Ciena acquisition target Cyan (CYNI +1.8%) and chipmakers Cavium (CAVM +3.6%), PMC-Sierra (PMCS +3%), EZchip (EZCH +2.8%), and InPhi (IPHI +3.7%).
- Broader gains for chip stocks - the Philadelphia Semi Index is up 1.7% after selling off hard yesterday - are likely helping the chipmakers. Cisco, meanwhile, is up 2.2% after striking a deal to sell its share-losing set-top unit to Technicolor.
- During F5's earnings call, new CEO Manny Rivelo stated F5 now leads the virtual (software-based) ADC market, which has sometimes been seen as a major long-term threat to its ADC hardware business, and noted the company saw a 20% Y/Y increase in its deferred revenue balance (driven by services/subscription growth) to $743M. He also disclosed sales chief Dave Feringa is stepping down on Oct. 1; his successor will be named shortly.
- On Infinera's call, CEO Tom Fallon mentioned the company has now invoiced 12 customers for its new Cloud Xpress data center interconnect platform, up from 7 three months ago. For now, long-haul optical still makes up over 90% of revenue - Cloud Xpress growth, the pending launch of a metro aggregation product, and (provided it's approved) the Transmode acquisition should change that. 3 customers accounted for over 10% of Q2 revenue.
Wed, May 13, 12:07 PM
- EZchip (NASDAQ:EZCH) has guided on its Q1 CC (prepared remarks - .pdf) for Q2 revenue of $27.5M-$28.5, in-line with a $28.3M consensus. Gross margin is expected to be around 75% - it was at 74% in Q1, down from 81.7% a year ago thanks to the Tilera acquisition.
- The company also tried hard to argue it can offset Cisco's decision not to use EZchip's NPS-400 NPU in its next-gen edge router line cards with various NPS-400 design wins from carriers, networking hardware vendors, and (Internet) data center owners. Tilera's TILE-Mx processors (support up to 100 ARM cores, aimed at data centers) were also cited as a future growth driver.
- Cisco accounted for 35% of EZchip's Q1 revenue, and ZTE 8%; Cisco sales are expected to grow in 2015 as NP-5 shipments ramp. The NPS processor line is expected to start producing revenue "as early as 2016," and the TILE-Mx line in 2017.
- Shares remain down sharply, but have slightly pared their premarket losses.
Wed, May 13, 9:26 AM
- EZchip (NASDAQ:EZCH) uses its Q1 report to state its largest customer (i.e. Cisco) doesn't currently plan to use EZchip's NPS-400 network processor (NPU) in its next-gen edge router line cards.
- The company adds Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) recently began using EZchip's NP-5 NPU (entered production in late 2014), that it doesn't think "a next generation successor for the NP-5 is likely to ship for approximately three years," and that the NP-5 is expected to "continue generating revenues at this customer for several more years beyond this three year period."
- Concerns that Cisco could drop EZchip in favor of an in-house NPU have been around since the networking giant unveiled its nPower X1 NPU in Sep. 2013. At the time, EZchip said it believes Cisco hasn't made a decision on which processor will succeed the NP-5.
- Today, EZchip says it believes Cisco's next-gen edge router line cards will require more throughput than is provided by the NPS-400 (480 Gbps), and that Cisco is "currently developing such a solution in-house." EZchip, for its part, is working on an NPS-400 successor (the 1Tbps NPS-1000) that it hopes to sell Cisco on. The NPS-400 begins sampling in 2H15, and is being considered for other platforms at Cisco (as well as other clients).
- EZchip has tumbled to $14.28 in premarket trading.
- Q1 results, PR
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- Chip stocks are outperforming after Analog Devices (ADI +5.2%) beat FQ4 estimates and offered in-line FQ1 guidance. The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX +1.9%) has made new highs.
- Notable gainers include many analog/mixed-signal and telecom IC firms: TXN +3%. LLTC +2.7%. SMTC +3.1%. ISIL +3.3%. SWKS +3.7%. AVGO +2.9%. OVTI +3.2%. FSL +3.1%. EZCH +2.5%. XLNX +2.3%. ALTR +2.1%. MX +4.3%. PMCS +2.7%. BRCM +2%.
- On its CC (transcript), ADI noted its telecom equipment chip sales are holding up well in spite of weak capex, aided by the fact its dollar content for 4G base stations is "at least 20% to 30% better" than for 3G base stations. The company also mentioned its lead times were stable in FQ4.
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Nov. 12, 2014, 11:45 AM
- With weak carrier spending continuing to take a toll, EZchip (NASDAQ:EZCH) guided on its Q3 CC (webcast) for Q4 revenue of $22M-$24M, below a $25.3M consensus. The guidance includes nearly two quarters of revenue from Tilera; EZchip doesn't plan to separately break out Tilera's revenue going forward.
- Sales to top customer Cisco (43% of Q3 revenue) fell Q/Q, as the networking giant (reports after the bell) contends with soft carrier orders. Nonetheless, EZchip expects its full-year Cisco sales to be up Y/Y.
- EZchip expects Cisco to use its next-gen NP-5 processor for its existing edge router platforms, and says it could possibly do so for new platforms. Shares plunged a year ago after Cisco unveiled its nPower X1 processor.
- ZTE sales (8% of revenue) fell sharply Q/Q. EZchip expects sales to bounce as ZTE begins using the NP-5. Juniper sales (7% of revenue) are expected to continue declining. Revenue from all other customers (42% of revenue) rose 87% Y/Y, and reached a new record.
- The first design win has been obtained for EZchip's NPS processor line (features more programmability). EZchip claims strong NPS interest from both equipment vendors and data center owners.
- EZchip issued a Q3 warning back on Oct. 6.
Nov. 12, 2014, 8:01 AM
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