Stephen Simpson, CFA
Stephen Simpson, CFA
Stephen Simpson, CFA
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Thu, Mar. 10, 6:44 PM
- "Marvell's (NASDAQ:MRVL) policy is not to comment on rumors or speculation, but because this particular rumor has the potential to be disruptive to Marvell's business, Marvell is confirming that it has not been and is not engaged in discussions with Avago with respect to any possible offer to acquire Marvell." (Press Release)
- Notably, Marvell doesn't go as far as to say it isn't looking to sell itself. The NY Post reported last weekend Marvell is now open to a sale, and speculated Avago, now known as Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO), could buy the company. Light Reading reported last summer Avago is looking to bid for Marvell once it's done acquiring Broadcom.
- MRVL -0.8% after hours to $9.92.
Mon, Mar. 7, 9:49 AM
- The NY Post reports Marvell (MRVL +2.5%) is now open to selling itself. Broadcom (AVGO -1%), the product of a giant recently-closed merger between Avago and (traditional) Broadcom, is mentioned by a source as a potential buyer.
- Light Reading reported last July Avago is looking to bid for Marvell after the Broadcom deal closes. In the event of a deal, there could be some antitrust scrutiny regarding Ethernet and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chip overlap.
- The Post's report comes shortly after the end of Marvell's Audit Committee probe (no fraudulent activity was found), and a month after activist Starboard Value disclosed a 6.7% stake (followed a 2013 stake disclosure by KKR), while calling for fresh cost cuts. Marvell also recently settled Carnegie Mellon's infringement suit against the company for $750M.
- Marvell is higher on a morning the Nasdaq is down 0.3%.
Oct. 6, 2015, 1:54 PM
- Marvell (MRVL +3%) and Exar (EXAR +4.2%) are rallying after Skyworks announced a $2B deal to buy PMC-Sierra. Marvell competes against PMC in the storage controller IC and network processor markets; Exar does so in the telecom IC market.
- Marvell has already been the subject of some M&A rumors as the chip industry continues consolidating. Light Reading reported in July Avago is thinking of buying Marvell after digesting (Marvell rival) Broadcom. The company's recent decision to launch major job cuts at its money-losing mobile baseband chip unit could make it more appealing to a would-be suitor.
Aug. 6, 2015, 9:53 AM
- Qualcomm (QCOM -0.5%), via its Atheros Wi-Fi/connectivity chip unit, is buying DSL modem/infrastructure IC and home gateway processor vendor Ikanos (NASDAQ:IKAN) for $2.75/share, or roughly $47M based on Ikanos' Q2 diluted share count. The price represents a 57% premium to Ikanos' Wednesday close. The deal is expected to close by year's end.
- Ikanos' products complement Qualcomm/Atheros home Wi-Fi and wireline networking offerings. Qualcomm: "The combination of Qualcomm Atheros' broad home gateway IP portfolio, including Wi-Fi, powerline, small cell, and Ethernet switch technologies, and Ikanos' advanced wired modem technology, is designed to create a complete solution for a wide range of home gateway products to better serve the carrier segment." Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) and Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL) are among the other companies competing in this space.
- Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf suggested last week his company would make new chip acquisitions.
Jul. 17, 2015, 4:16 PM
- Not content with its recent ~$37B cash/stock deal to merge with Broadcom (BRCM +0.2%), acquisition-hungry Avago (AVGO -0.8%) is looking to bid for Broadcom rival Marvell (MRVL +0.5%), "a reputable source" tells Light Reading.
- Marvell moved slightly higher following the report. With a current $6.7B market cap - a deal could require a price above $8B - Marvell would be a relatively easy fish to swallow. However, its product line overlaps with Broadcom's in the Ethernet transceiver, Ethernet switching chip, and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chip markets (among other areas), and the Ethernet overlap could result in antitrust scrutiny.
- There has been speculation Avago isn't done with its buyout binge. The company snapped up LSI, PLX Technology, and Emulex prior to the Broadcom deal, and has a good track record of reaping major cost synergies from acquisitions.
- Meanwhile, Marvell has been viewed as a potential acquisition target as the chip industry continues consolidating. Shares rose earlier this week on a report of buyout interest from state-owned Chinese firm PDSTI.
Jul. 13, 2015, 11:33 AM
- Sources have told dealReporter Marvell (MRVL +4%) has received buyout interest from Chinese investment firm PDSTI.
- Cowen's Tim Arcuri (Outperform, $18 target): "While we think there is underlying truth to a deal being in the works, the idea that the entire company would be acquired seems a stretch to us." He continues to expect a deal for an equity stake in Marvell's mobile baseband chip unit (believed to be losing money, depends heavily on Chinese sales) rather than a full-blown buyout.
- Earlier: Marvell jumps on Chinese M&A rumor
Jul. 13, 2015, 10:00 AM
- Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL) has popped thanks to a vague rumor state-owned Chinese investment firm PDSTI has offered to buy the company.
- This isn't the first time Marvell has jumped on a rumor of Chinese buyout interest. China has been aggressively acquiring chip industry assets over the last 12 months.
- Update: Sources tell dealReporter Marvell has seen interest from PDSTI.
Mar. 19, 2015, 5:52 PM
- After rising 5.8% in regular trading today, specialty analog/mixed-signal chipmaker Microsemi (NASDAQ:MSCC) is up 8% since announcing yesterday morning (just before its analyst day) it's buying Ethernet chipmaker Vitesse (NASDAQ:VTSS) for $389M. Shares have made new highs along the way.
- Vitesse closed today $5.31, $0.03 above Microsemi's offer price. Ascendiant Capital's Cody Acree calls the offer "a bit low," and (given the deal is expected to be immediately accretive for Microsemi) thinks a rival bid might arrive. "Potential suitors could include Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) or Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL), who are already leaders in Ethernet and would see natural synergies in VTSS’s portfolio or Avago (NASDAQ:AVGO) who has also been particularly acquisitive."
- Meanwhile, Stifel's Tore Svanberg has hiked his Microsemi target by $5 to $40 in response to the Vitesse deal and Microsemi's analyst day presentations (slides - .pdf). "[M]anagement reiterated its strategy to maximize profitability, grow its market share in core products, while expanding its [addressable market] through new product initiatives and deeper penetration into their existing customer base."
- Svanberg adds the Vitesse deal "helps expand [Microsemi's] silicon/dollar content initiatives, especially in the comms infrastructure space and adds differentiated technology with high barriers to entry." He sees the purchase making Microsemi's goal of achieving a 60% gross margin and 30% op. margin in 2016 (compares with 56.2% and 24.4% in calendar Q4) easier to attain.
Jan. 8, 2015, 2:38 PM
- In the wake of a Chinese media report stating a local firm is weighing a bid for Marvell's (NASDAQ:MRVL) mobile chip unit, MKM argues a sale of the business to Intel would be "a solid win-win for both parties."
- MKM asserts buying Marvell would allow Intel to "scale-up in its wireless and foundry businesses," and bolster its chances of succeeding in a very competitive mobile baseband market where Qualcomm/MediaTek still dominate.
- Meanwhile, Marvell could still see earnings grow 10% in spite of the loss of wireless sales (30% of total revenue), thanks to a 40% drop in R&D and sales/marketing spend, and relatively low mobile gross margins (~45%). MKM also believes the deal could dull patent lawsuit fears and allow Marvell to negotiate a favorable foundry deal with Intel.
- One potential roadblock: Intel's deals with Chinese baseband vendors/Marvell rivals Spreadtrum and RDA present a conflict of interest.
- Shares +15% since the Chinese report surfaced on Tuesday. Today's gains are aided by a 3.1% rise for the Philadelphia Semi Index.
Jan. 6, 2015, 12:58 PM
- After previously following the tech sector lower, Marvell (MRVL +3.5%) has popped on a Chinese media report China Electronics is weighing a bid for Marvell's mobile chip ops.
- Marvell's mobile baseband chip unit depends heavily on sales of 3G and 4G phones used on China Mobile's network. The business is believed to have much lower margins than those of Marvell's hard drive/SSD controller and Ethernet IC ops.
- Chipmakers not named Qualcomm, MediaTek, or Spreadtrum have struggled to profit from the baseband market. However, Marvell did state in November it expects strong FY16 (ends Jan. '16) growth for the business thanks to surging Chinese 4G phone sales.
Jan. 16, 2014, 10:34 AM
- Two weeks after KKR disclosed a 6.8% stake in Marvell (MRVL -1.7%), Marvell insists it isn't talking with the P-E firm about a buyout or any other major transaction.
- In November, Bloomberg reported KKR had discussed taking Marvell private in partnership with its founding family.
- Marvell's comments come after U.S. district judge Nora Barry Fischer denied a Marvell request to cut a $1.17B Dec. '12 jury verdict in Carnegie Mellon's infringement suit by more than half.
- Fischer rejected Marvell's assertion that Carnegie shouldn't receive damages for chip sales that occurred before its suit was filed because the university waited too long to do so. Marvell has begun phasing out the use of Carnegie's IP, but sales of infringing hard drive controller chips will continue this year.
Nov. 5, 2013, 12:56 PM
- Bloomberg has joined the Daily Telegraph in reporting KKR has acquired a ~5% stake in Marvell (MRVL +9.2%). The news service also reports KKR has discussed taking the chipmaker private in partnership with CEO Sehat Sutardja and his brother Pantas. Pantas is Marvell's CTO, and Sehat's wife, Weili Dai, is its president.
- A Bloomberg source says an LBO is being considered, but adds no deal is imminent.
- The Sutardja brothers own 20% of Marvell, and David Einhorn owns 9%.
Nov. 5, 2013, 11:45 AM
- The Daily Telegraph's Ben Harrington reports KKR has been quietly building a 5% stake in Marvell (MRVL +7.2%) ahead of a "potential takeover deal." He adds it isn't clear if formal talks have started.
- David Einhorn still owns a large stake in Marvell, and there has been speculation Marvell's founding family could try to take the chipmaker private.
Sep. 4, 2012, 6:36 PM
Marvell's (MRVL) founding family - CEO Sehat Sutardja, CTO/brother Pantas, and VP/wife Weili Dai - could obtain a 35% annual return through 2016 if they took the company private at a 30% premium, thinks Nomura. While continuing to believe the chipmaker faces major challenges in the storage controller, TD-SCDMA baseband, and networking chip markets, the firm is upgrading shares to Neutral due to a low valuation (1x EV/sales) and the favorable economics of an LBO deal.| Sep. 4, 2012, 6:36 PM
Apr. 4, 2012, 4:24 PM
PMC-Sierra (PMCS +8.5%) soared in late trading thanks to a report the telecom chipmaker recently held talks with potential buyers, though it's added a deal "is not considered imminent." PMC has been under pressure from activist firm Relational Investors to consider "strategic alternatives." Sources add rivals Broadcom (BRCM) and Marvell (MRVL) are "logical bidders" for PMC, though analysts think its exposure to legacy technologies such as SONET optical gear could be a problem.| Apr. 4, 2012, 4:24 PM | 1 Comment
Jan. 4, 2012, 7:09 PM
Marvell (MRVL +1.5%) has acquired Xelerated, a Swedish developer of network processing and Ethernet switching chips for a variety of telecom equipment. Xelerated, cited by Light Reading as a "key specialist" in the nascent market for processors handling 100-gig links, is a direct rival of EZchip (EZCH -1.4%), and also competes with top Marvell competitor Broadcom (BRCM -1.1%).| Jan. 4, 2012, 7:09 PM