Tue, Nov. 24, 11:59 AM
- Microsemi (MSCC -6%) has sold off after striking a $2.5B deal to acquire PMC-Sierra (PMCS -1.6%), thus ending a bidding war with Skyworks. PMC, which is receiving a portion of its payout in Microsemi stock, is down moderately.
- Some concerns exist about the deal price, as well as regarding synergies between Microsemi's core analog/power management chip business and PMC's storage controller and telecom IC businesses. Microsemi, for its part, asserts the deal gives it "a leading position in high performance and scalable storage solutions, while also adding a complementary portfolio of high-value communications products." Some synergies exist between PMC's offerings and those of Ethernet chipmaker Vitesse, which Microsemi acquired earlier this year for $389M.
- Based on Microsemi's current trading price of $34.08, the PMC deal is worth $11.84/share. PMC currently trades at $11.67.
Wed, Nov. 18, 7:33 AM
- The new proposal would pay $9.22 in cash and 0.0771 shares of MSCC stock for each share of PMCS. Based on yesterday's close, this values each share of PMCS at $12.05.
- The previous bid was for $9.04 in cash and the same amount of MSCC shares.
- The new deal would still be immediately accretive to Microsemi's non-GAAP EPS (by $0.60 in year one) and free cash flow.
- Previously: PMC-Sierra: Skyworks offer still superior to Microsemi bid (Nov. 2)
- PMCS +2.4% to $11.93 premarket; MSCC flat, Skyworks SWKS +1.1%
Fri, Nov. 6, 4:47 PM
- The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX +2.6%) rallied after Nvidia (NVDA +13.9%) beat estimates and provided strong guidance (gaming GPUs led the way), Skyworks (SWKS +7.1%) offered good calendar Q4 guidance and RF chip peer Qorvo (QRVO +23.2%) posted better-than-feared results and guidance. The Nasdaq rose just 0.4%.
- Also: Analog/Ethernet chipmaker Microsemi (MSCC +4.9%) beat calendar Q3 revenue estimates and offered solid Q4 guidance: Revenue of $325M-$329M and EPS of $0.70-$0.74 vs. a consensus of $323.5M and $0.72.
- Big gainers today included specialty foundry/Skyworks supplier TowerJazz (TSEM +6%), smart TV/home automation chipmaker Sigma Designs (SIGM +16.6%), telecom/networking IC provider InPhi (IPHI +6.7%), touch controller/LCD driver supplier Synaptics (SYNA +6.1%), FPGA maker Lattice Semi (LSCC +6.6%), network processor vendor Cavium (CAVM +5.6%), DSP core IP provider CEVA (CEVA +7.2%), and analog/mixed-signal chipmakers MagnaChip (MX +4.6%) and Semtech (SMTC +5.4%).
- On its earnings call (transcript), Qorvo mentioned Chinese smartphone demand (a recent headwind) is "seeing a bit of a rebound," and that the launch of 5-mode and 6-mode Chinese 4G phones is boosting RF chip content. Qorvo also thinks Chinese base station activity (an issue for many telecom chip/component firms) bottomed in Q3, but cautions a mobile infrastructure recovery is expected to be gradual.
- Microsemi stated on its call (transcript) broadband gateway chip sales were a Q3 strong point, that telecom infrastructure began to improve, and that defense/aerospace sales are expected to rebound in 2016. Industrial demand remained soft in Q3.
- MKM's Ian Ing has upgraded Nvidia to Buy, calling shares "expensive and worth it." Ing: "We see a sustainable growth trajectory, given [Nvidia's] positioning to lead in significant paradigm changes favoring more valuable semiconductor solutions: automotive evolving from driver assist to autonomous driving, gaming transitioning to virtual reality and professional or social E-sports, and cloud computing increasingly using GPU accelerators for machine learning."
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
- Last week: Chip stocks sell off after NXP, STMicro, others issue soft guidance
Fri, Oct. 30, 12:45 PM
- Just a few hours after Skyworks (SWKS +3%) and PMC-Sierra (PMCS +3.1%) announced they'd agreed to a revised $11.60/share, all-cash, deal (topping Microsemi's $11.50/share bid), Microsemi (MSCC -2.3%) has unveiled an $11.88/share cash/stock offer.
- The offer consists of $9.04/share in cash + 0.0771 Microsemi shares for each PMC share. Microsemi expects a deal to add $0.60 in EPS in its first full year after closing, and to eventually produce over $100M/year in cost synergies. No word on whether Microsemi would foot the bill for the $88.5M termination fee PMC owes Skyworks if it abandons its current deal.
- Microsemi remains lower on the day, while Skyworks and PMC remain higher. PMC is trading near $12.00.
Fri, Oct. 30, 9:10 AM
- 11 days after Microsemi (NASDAQ:MSCC) unveiled an $11.50/share cash/stock offer for PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ:PMCS) that topped Skyworks' (NASDAQ:SWKS) $10.50/share deal with the company, Skyworks and PMC announce they've agreed to a revised $11.60/share, all-cash, deal.
- The termination fee has been hiked to $88.5M from $70M. As previously announced, Skyworks plans to finance the deal with a mixture of existing cash and debt.
- PMCS +2.9% premarket to $11.98, as markets bet the bidding war isn't over. SWKS +0.8% premarket to $75.25.
Mon, Oct. 19, 2:55 PM
- The Street isn't reacting favorably to analog/mixed-signal chipmaker Microsemi's (NASDAQ:MSCC) cash/stock offer to buy storage and telecom IC vendor PMC-Sierra (PMCS +13.7%). Following today's selloff, Microsemi's bid for PMC is worth $11.35/share. With PMC trading at $11.65, investors are betting Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) will up its prior $10.50/share bid.
- S&P thinks Skyworks could raise its offer. However, Brean and Oppenheimer argue the company might walk away. Brean notes Skyworks sold off after the PMC deal was announced amid concerns about a lack of product synergies, and both firms observe Skyworks has taken a disciplined approach to M&A.
- For Microsemi, a PMC deal would further an M&A-driven product line expansion that has led the company to buy medical/telecom IC vendor Zarlink Semi ($525M), timing IC vendor Symmetricom ($230M), and most recently Ethernet chipmaker Vitesse ($389M). The company sees PMC adding over $0.60 to EPS in the first year after closing, thanks partly to over $100M in cost synergies. It would rely on both existing cash and $2.7B in debt to help finance the purchase.
- Raymond James' Mitch Steves has hiked his Microsemi target by $3 to $41 in response to the bid. "Overall, given the $0.60 in year one accretion and material cost savings ... we view the transaction as a positive. In addition, we came away with the following key takeaways from the Conference call: 1) leverage will remain reasonable at ~4x [trailing 12 month] EBITDA, 2) overall business is chugging along with Dec-qtr in-line with Street expectations due to [aerospace/defense]/Military/Industrial strength and 3) Vitesse cost synergies are ahead of plan giving additional comfort on cash flow metrics."
Mon, Oct. 19, 7:47 AM
- PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ:PMCS) +10.8% premarket after Microsemi (NASDAQ:MSCC) offers to buy the company for $11.50/share, or ~$2.4B, in an offer MSCC says is a "superior" proposal over last week's $2B offer from Skyworks Solutions' (NASDAQ:SWKS).
- Under MSCC's offer, PMCS shareholders would get $8.75 in cash and 0.0736 of a share of its stock for each PMCS share held; MSCC's offer represents a ~12% premium to PMCS's Friday close and ~50% above PMCS’ price on Oct. 5 before it agreed to the bid from SWKS.
- MSCC says a takeover of PMCS would let it expand its product offering and allow the combined company save more than $100M/year in expenses.
Thu, May 28, 5:40 PM
Wed, May 27, 3:00 PM
- Chip stocks are posting outsized gains (SOXX +4%) amid a 1.3% increase for the Nasdaq after the WSJ reported Avago and Broadcom are in advanced merger talks, sparking hopes for further M&A.
- A Broadcom/Avago deal would be worth ~$67B at current valuations, easily making it the largest in the chip industry's breathless consolidation wave. It would also touch markets ranging from smartphones to set-tops to servers to switches/routers.
- Notable gainers include Avago RF chip peers Skyworks (SWKS +4.3%), Qorvo (QRVO +3.2%), and Anadigics (ANAD +4.9%). Others include Micron (MU +3.8%), SanDisk (SNDK +4.3%), NXP (NXPI +3.5%), Silicon Motion (SIMO +8.3%), Cirrus Logic (CRUS +4.8%), STMicroelectronics, (STM +3.4%), Synaptics (SYNA +3.4%), Atmel (ATML +2.8%), Cavium (CAVM +4.5%), Intersil (ISIL +4.6%), Semtech (SMTC +3.9%), ON Semi (ON +3.8%), Microsemi (MSCC +4.4%), and IDT (IDTI +4.2%).
- Non-chipmakers tied to the industry are also doing well. Standouts include ARM (ARMH +4.4%), Amkor (AMKR +4.6%), ASML (ASML +3.1%), and Rambus (RMBS +3.3%).
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
Mon, May 18, 2:10 PM
- Many chip stocks are turning in healthy gains amid a 0.7% gain for the Nasdaq after the NY Post reported Altera (up 6.2%) has resumed buyout talks with Intel.
- Also possibly helping: China's big-3 carriers have announced major data tariff cuts. Brean has argued the cuts are a positive for RF chipmakers Skyworks (SWKS +5.7%), Qorvo (QRVO +4.2%), and Avago (AVGO +1.9%); the companies benefit from rising 4G phone sales.
- Aside from the aforementioned companies, today's gainers include Synaptics (SYNA +4.8%), Himax (HIMX +2.3%), and Silicon Motion (SIMO +2.3%), each of whom also has Chinese mobile exposure. Other winners include Atmel (ATML +3.7%), Microsemi (MSCC +2.6%), InPhi (IPHI +2%), Intersil (ISIL +2.5%), Silicon Labs (SLAB +2.5%), IDT (IDTI +2.3%), and MaxLinear (MXL +3.5%).
- Chip ETFs: SOXX, SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
Fri, Apr. 24, 12:47 PM
- In addition to slightly missing FQ2 revenue estimates (while beating on EPS), Microsemi (NASDAQ:MSCC) has guided for FQ3 revenue of $302M (+/- 2%); the midpoint is below a $303.7M consensus. EPS guidance of $0.67-$0.71 is in-line with a $0.69 consensus.
- The high-end analog/mixed-signal chipmaker was up 26% YTD going into earnings, aided by enthusiasm about the Vitesse acquisition. Several peers have also provided soft sales guidance.
- Driving the FQ2 EPS beat: Gross margin (non-GAAP) rose to 57.1% from 56.2% in FQ1 and 55.2% a year ago. Op. margin rose to 25.6% from 24.4% and 20.7%.
- FQ2 results, PR
Thu, Mar. 19, 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.
Wed, Mar. 18, 9:22 AM
- Continuing the chip industry's consolidation wave, Microsemi (NASDAQ:MSCC) is buying Ethernet chipmaker Vitesse (NASDAQ:VTSS) for $389M, or $5.28/share, in cash. The price represents a 36% premium to Vitesse's Tuesday close.
- Vitesse's product line includes Ethernet switching and PHY (transceiver) chips, as will as related software, crosspoint switching ICs, and IP cores that can be licensed by 3rd-party chipmakers; rivals include Broadcom and Marvell. Microsemi offers a variety of products for telecom/networking clients (among other markets).
- Microsemi CEO James Peterson: "This acquisition is further evidence of Microsemi's continuing commitment to grow as a communications semiconductor company ... itesse's highly complementary technology suite will expand our product offering and accelerate growth with differentiated technology in emerging markets, while benefiting from the increased scale, consolidated infrastructure and cost savings of the combined entity."
- The deal is expected to close in calendar Q2, and be accretive by $0.16-$0.20/share in FY16 (ends Sep. '16). It follows Microsemi's $230M 2013 acquisition of timing IC vendor Symmetricom.
- Microsemi +3.4% premarket to $35.00. Vitesse is at $5.33, slightly above the offer price. Microsemi is hosting its analyst day today (webcast).
Thu, Jan. 22, 5:36 PM
Jun. 9, 2014, 10:36 AM
- A slew of chip stocks are rallying following Analog Devices' (ADI +5.9%) $2B deal to acquire RFIC vendor Hittite Microwave.
- The purchase is part of an M&A wave that has hit the semiconductor industry over the last 12 months, as chipmakers try to gain scale, cut opex, and grow their cross-selling opportunities by consolidating. Other deals: RF Micro/TriQuint, Avago/LSI, Microchip/ISSC.
- ADI, which shares many telecom equipment, defense/aerospace, and automotive clients with Hittite, predicts Hittite's RF, microwave, and millimeter wave ICs will complement its RF and signal-conversion (ADC/DAC) products.
- Several RF and analog/mixed signal chipmakers are higher, but they're not the only gainers: RFMD +1.8%. TQNT +1.8%. PSMI +2.5%. LLTC +1.6%. MSCC +2.1%. IDTI +3.8%. ATML +3.4%. IRF +1.4%. SIGM +3.9%. AMCC +3.8%.
- Chip ETFs: SOXX, SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
Jun. 2, 2014, 9:41 AM
- Xilinx (XLNX -1.1%) has been cut to Neutral by Goldman.
- STMicroelectronics (STM -1.5%) has been cut to Sell by Citi. HSBC downgraded shares on May 22.
- Microsemi (MSCC +3.1%) has been upgraded to Buy by Goldman.
- Proofpoint (PFPT +1.5%) has been upgraded to Buy by Sterne Agee. Shares joined IT security peers in selling off on Friday.
- Universal Electronics (UEIC -8.4%) has been cut to Neutral by B. Riley.
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