Fri, Aug. 19, 11:43 AM
- The chip sector is hot but no name is hotter than Advanced Micro Devices (AMD +10.9%). The company has been gradually rising since last August and has really hit its stride since returning to Y/Y revenue growth for the first time since 2014 in Q2.
- The only company remotely in the ballpark of this type of growth is Nvidia (NVDA +0.4%) with a now 170% increase over the last year.
- Comparably, Intel Corporation (INTC +0.5%) is up slightly over 23%, Micron Technology (MU +3.7%) around 2%, Applied Materials (AMAT +6.7%) nearly 80%, Analog Devices (ADI +0.4%) around 10%, ARM Holdings (ARMH -0.8%) around 56%, Linear Technology (LLTC +0.1%) around 46%, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI +1.2%) around 2%, Marvell Technology (MRVL +3.9%) slightly over 1%, Qualcomm (QCOM -0.4%) around 2.5%, Broadcom (AVGO +0.5%) around 26% and Texas Instruments (TXN +0.3%) around 43% for the same period.
- Advanced Micro Devices shares continues to increase following this week's operational-reveal of the company's highly anticipated Zen-core processors.
Mon, May 16, 3:44 PM
- With iPhone declines hitting Apple's chip suppliers, investor eyes are turning to alternative revenue streams, and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI +2.8%) today is looking automotive.
- At its user forum in Austin, the company has unveiled its BlueBox central computing engine, which features radar, lidar and vision sensing and promises a complete autonomous vehicle platform.
- That engine uses NXP's hardware and software at each advanced driver assistance system node, and the company it's already in the hands of four of the top five carmakers in the world. It's an open-platform, Linux-based solution that should provide easier customization for automakers.
- NXP is headed out on a bit of a roadshow, with five conference appearances scheduled in the coming month.
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Tue, Apr. 26, 5:19 PM
- Apple (down 7.8% after hours) missed FQ2 estimates and guided for FQ3 revenue of $41B-$43B, below a $47.32B consensus. iPhone unit shipments fell 16% Y/Y to 51.2M, and iPad shipments 19% to 10.3M. Both figures were a little better than expectations. However, guidance points to another large Y/Y iPhone decline in FQ3.
- Cirrus Logic (down 4.2%) beat FQ4 estimates, but guided for FQ1 revenue of $220M-$250M, below a $257.5M consensus. Apple accounted for 62% of FQ4 revenue, and another customer (believed to be Samsung) 17%.
- Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) is down 5.2% after hours. Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) is down 5%. Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) is down 3.8%. Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) is down 2.4%. NXP (NASDAQ:NXPI), which rallied earlier today thanks to a Q1 beat and solid Q2 guidance is down 2.5%. Nasdaq futures are down 0.9%.
Tue, Apr. 26, 2:06 PM
- NXP (NXPI +4.6%) is at its highest levels since December after beating Q1 estimates and issuing solid Q2 guidance - revenue of $2.295B-$2.395B and EPS of $1.30-$1.40 vs. a consensus of $2.34B and $1.32. Rival/European chip peer STMicroelectronics (STM +3.3%) is also doing well.
- Boosting Q1 EPS: Gross margin was 50%, down 20 bps Q/Q but up 150 bps Y/Y. Q2 GM guidance is at 49.5%-50.5%.
- Top-line performance: When adjusted for the Freescale acquisition, NXP's revenue (pressured by a chip industry inventory correction) rose 2% Q/Q and fell 11% Y/Y in Q1. Automotive revenue rose 1% Y/Y to $795M, Secure ID Solutions (includes smart card/EMV chips) fell 5% to $222M, Secure Connected Devices (inc. microcontrollers and NFC chips, hurt by soft Apple orders) fell 10% to $525M, and Secure Interface & Infrastructure (includes Freescale network processors and RF amplifiers) fell 25% to $564M.
- Fab utilization was at 90% in Q1. $298M was spent to buy back 4.1M shares. Thanks partly to the Freescale deal, NXP ended Q1 with $1.5B in cash and $9B in debt.
- CEO Richard Clemmer: "[O]ur year on year revenue trends reflect the semiconductor industry weakness that accelerated throughout the second half of 2015, and affected both NXP and Freescale ... We believe we have begun to see incremental positive trends in a number of our businesses ... While we anticipate many of the headwinds experienced in the second half of 2015 should begin to generally subside in the coming quarters, the overall demand environment currently continues to be subdued." On the earnings call, NXP said automotive chip sales are expected to rise by a mid-to-high single digit Q/Q % in Q2.
- NXP's Q1 results, earnings release
Mon, Feb. 8, 12:29 PM
- Chipmakers NXP (NXPI -9.3%) and STMicroelectronics (STM -5.6%), CPU/GPU core developer ARM (ARMH -5.5%), and ad tech firm Criteo (CRTO -9%) are down sharply after European indices closed with big losses. France's CAC-40 fell 3.4%, Germany's DAX 3.3%, and the Euro Stoxx 50 3.3%. The Nasdaq is down 2.1%, and the S&P 1.8%.
- NXP has more than given back the Thursday gains seen after the company posted a Q4 beat and issued in-line Q1 guidance. Today's losses come in spite of an OTR Global note stating NXP could gain NFC chip share with Samsung's Galaxy S7 relative to the S6; the S6 heavily relied on Samsung NFC radios.
- STMicro is two weeks removed from announcing (with its Q4 report) job cuts and plans to discontinue set-top/home gateway chip R&D. ARM and Criteo report on Wednesday morning.
Thu, Feb. 4, 11:12 AM
- With expectations low due to Apple's sales pressures and a chip inventory correction (has led peers to offer light sales guidance, and led NXP to guide light in October), NXP (NXPI +6.1%) is rallying after beating Q4 estimates and issuing in-line Q1 guidance: Revenue of $2.15B-$2.27B and EPS of $1.05-$1.15 vs. a consensus of $2.24B and $1.09.
- Q4 results included one month's contribution from Freescale. Lifting EPS: Non-GAAP gross margin was 50.2%, +110 bps Q/Q and +360 bps Y/Y, and above guidance of 48.5%-49.5%. Q1 GM guidance is at 49%-50%.
The inclusion of Freescale led GAAP R&D spend to rise 61% Y/Y to $318M, and SG&A spend 147% to $413M. NXP has forecast $200M in 2016 cost synergies related to the deal, and $500M/year in cost synergies in time.
- The automotive chip segment (boosted by Freescale auto's microcontroller business) was 26% of Q4 revenue. Secure Identification Solutions (inc. smart card/EMV chips) were 14%, Secure Connected Devices (inc. microcontrollers and NFC chips) were 24%, Secure Interface & Infrastructure (inc. Freescale's network processors and base station amplifiers) were 17%, and standard products (analog/power management chips) 17%.
- With the debt issued to help pay for Freescale on the books, NXP ended Q4 with $1.6B in cash and $9.2B in debt. 2015 free cash flow was $996M.
- NXP's Q4 results, earnings release
Tue, Feb. 2, 2:42 PM
- On a day the Nasdaq is down 2.1%, many chip stocks are seeing outsized losses (SOXX -3.1%) after IDT (IDTI -28.3%), a mixed-signal chipmaker selling into the server, networking/telecom infrastructure, and wireless charging markets (among others), offered soft FQ4 (calendar Q1) guidance to go with an FQ3 sales beat.
- Major decliners include diversified European chipmakers NXP (NXPI -4.7%) and STMicroelectronics (STM -7%), microcontroller maker Cypress Semi (CY -6.9%), RF chipmaker Qorvo (QRVO -6.4%), motion sensor developer InvenSense (INVN -6%), chip packaging/testing firm Amkor (AMKR -6.1%), and analog/mixed-signal chipmakers MagnaChip (MX -9.8%), Inphi (IPHI -9.1%), Silicon Labs (SLAB -5%), Microsemi (MSCC -4.4%), Semtech (SMTC -5.4%), and Power Integrations (POWI -5.5%). Previously covered: Pixelworks, ON Semi.
- IDT reported Chinese telecom infrastructure demand is "normalizing to slightly less than the peak levels seen in late calendar 2014," that data center customer growth rates have slowed slightly, and that consumer demand has been affected by increased "customer smartphone shipment volatility." Both Apple and Samsung's sales have been under pressure.
- BofA/Merrill has downgraded IDT to Neutral, while Wedbush's Betsy Van Hees has gone contrarian and upgraded to Outperform. Van Hees argues IDT is still positioned to see strong FY17 growth, aided by the ramp of LRDIMM DRAM chipsets for Intel's Broadwell server CPU launch and the ramp of wireless charging IC programs at tier-1 OEMs.
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Fri, Jan. 29, 3:27 PM
- Several Apple suppliers are seeing major gains after iPhone power amplifier supplier Skyworks (SWKS +5.5%) and iPhone LCD driver IC supplier Synaptics (SYNA +10.6%) delivered their calendar Q4 reports yesterday afternoon - Skyworks beat estimates, while Synaptics (initially lower) missed on sales and beat on EPS.
- Both companies provided soft Q1 guidance (I, II) - Synaptics also suggested it's seeing weakness at multiple top smartphone OEMs . But with nearly every other iPhone supplier to have reported (not to mention Apple itself) having also guided light, shares are rallying nonetheless.
- Big gainers include mobile DRAM supplier Micron (MU +11.1%), microphone supplier Knowles (KN +11.2%), motion sensor supplier InvenSense (INVN +7.5%), audio codec chip supplier Cirrus Logic (CRUS +6.6%), NFC chip/motion co-processor supplier NXP (NXPI +5.9%), and RF chip suppliers/Skyworks rivals Qorvo (QRVO +6.8%) and Avago (AVGO +5.6%). The Nasdaq is up 1.8%.
- Micron could also be getting a lift from the market-pleasing reports delivered by hard drive giants Seagate and Western Digital, given Micron is exposed to many of the same end-markets as Seagate/Western.
Cirrus Logic is adding to the big Thursday gains seen after the company provided encouraging FY17 comments in its FQ3 earnings call. InvenSense has more than recovered the Thursday losses seen after the company provided soft FQ4 guidance and suggested it had lost share at Samsung.
- Possibly helping Synaptics out: When asked about M&A reports on the earnings call, CEO Rick Bergman didn't quite shoot them down. "[W]e're not going to comment on rumors or market speculation ... at the end of the day it is our job to maximize shareholder value so we'll listen to any great ideas that can do that and evaluate them appropriately."
Meanwhile, Bergman asserted Synaptics' TDDI (integrated touch controller/display driver) sales are due to ramp strongly thanks to numerous design wins at top LCD panel makers, and that its ClearForce pressure-response tech will be "a significant differentiator" for Synaptics' TDDI offerings.
Fri, Jan. 15, 2:53 PM
- In Wall Street's latest bloodletting, the Nasdaq is down 3.1% and the S&P 2.4%. The decline comes amid tumbling energy prices (crude is below $30/barrel), soft macro data, and disappointing earnings reports from the likes of Intel and Citigroup.
- Tech companies seeing outsized losses amid the carnage include chipmakers NXP (NXPI -8.1%), Qorvo (QRVO -8.9%), InvenSense (INVN -3.7%), IDT (IDTI -6.4%), Sigma Designs (SIGM -6.5%), and Knowles (KN -6.6%), as well as solar plays Trina (TSL -9.3%), ReneSola (SOL -11.5%), JinkoSolar (JKS -10.7%), Enphase (ENPH -8.5%), and Canadian Solar (CSIQ -8.4%).
- Also off sharply: Action camera leader GoPro (GPRO -8.7%), 3D printer maker 3D Systems (DDD -7.5%), daily deals leader Groupon (GRPN -6.4%), server interconnect provider Mellanox (MLNX -8.5%), OLED materials/IP provider Universal Display (OLED -10.3%), Latin American online marketplace MercadoLibre (MELI -7.2%), data management software firm Varonis (VRNS -8.3%), ad tech firm Rocket Fuel (FUEL -7.1%), Chinese online retailers Vipshop (VIPS -6.9%) and Jumei (JMEI -12.7%), and home automation system provider Control4 (CTRL -7.8%).
- GoPro is down 22% since issuing a Q4 warning on Wednesday afternoon. Trina has been downgraded to Neutral by Goldman. IDT and Mellanox could be affected by the weaker-than-expected Q4 sales reported for Intel's server CPU division (DCG).
- Previously covered: Chip equipment makers, Yandex/Qiwi, Intel, Textura, PC industry firms, Rackspace, CommVault, Ericsson
- Wednesday's notable decliners
Thu, Jan. 7, 4:22 PM
- Qorvo and Cirrus Logic have both issued calendar Q4 warnings after the bell, and indicated calendar Q1 sales will also be soft. The warnings come in the wake of reports indicating Apple has cut iPhone production and component orders.
- Fellow iPhone suppliers are selling off in response. Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) -4% after hours. Avago (NASDAQ:AVGO) -4.3%. NXP (NASDAQ:NXPI) -1.6%. InvenSense (NYSE:INVN) -2.5%. Broadcom (BRCM - set to be acquired by Avago) -1.3%. Synaptics (NASDAQ:SYNA) -1.7%. Jabil (NYSE:JBL) -0.7%.
- Many of the aforementioned names had already seen steep losses in regular trading, as the Nasdaq fell 3% amid a broad market selloff.
Nov. 30, 2015, 5:30 PM
Nov. 27, 2015, 2:08 PM
- NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) jumped 4.6% in the short session today, and Freescale (NYSE:FSL) gained 4%, after the two won approval from China's Ministry of Commerce to finish their $40B merger -- a last major hurdle to the deal.
- The EU and U.S. FTC had signed off previously. The companies now expect to close Dec. 7, concurrent with the divestment of NXP's RF amplifier unit.
- The two have predicted $500M in eventual annual cost synergies, and have targeted $200M in cost savings in the first year after closing. NXP expects it to be accretive to EPS and free cash flow.
- Previously: NXP +6%, Freescale +5.5%; U.S. clears NXP's RF amplifier unit sale (Nov. 24 2015)
- Previously: NXP rallies following FBR Top Pick call, takes Freescale with it (Nov. 18 2015)
Nov. 24, 2015, 10:35 AM
- The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has signed off on the $1.8B sale of NXP's (NASDAQ:NXPI) base station RF amplifier unit to China's JAC Capital.
- The sale, announced in May, is now expected to close on Dec. 7. It's meant to address antitrust concerns about NXP and Freescale's (NYSE:FSL) combined base station amplifier share following their planned merger.
- NXP and Freescale have jumped in response to the news. The companies are still targeting a 2H15 close for the merger; EU regulators approved it in September.
Nov. 18, 2015, 4:16 PM
- Believing order lead times stabilized in October and that a better-than-expected "bounceback" could occur in Q2 and Q3 2016 following a Q4/Q1 inventory correction, FBR's Chris Rolland has replaced Broadcom with NXP (NASDAQ:NXPI) on his firm's Top Pick list.
- Rolland declares the correction, which led NXP to issue soft Q4 guidance (and plunge in response) last month, "healthy and constructive for a new up-cycle." He also thinks markets have "underestimated the beneficial revenue growth impacts of a slowing in the rate of inventory burn in either 2Q16 or 3Q16."
- NXP gradually rallied today to close up 4.5% amid a 1.8% Nasdaq gain. Merger partner Freescale (NYSE:FSL) closed up 3.6%.
Nov. 10, 2015, 8:32 AM| Nov. 10, 2015, 8:32 AM | 16 Comments
Oct. 29, 2015, 12:29 PM
- Down on Monday following Dialog Semi's Q3 report and up yesterday in the wake of Apple's results/guidance, chip stocks are selling off again (SOXX -2.5%) after leading microcontroller vendor NXP (NXPI -18.2%) posted mixed Q3 results and (more importantly) guided for Q4 revenue to be down by a "low to upper-teens" % Q/Q. The Nasdaq is down 0.3%.
- Also: 1) NXP rival and fellow European chipmaker STMicroelectronics (STM -5.8%) slightly missed Q3 revenue estimates and has guided for Q4 revenue to be down 6% (+/- 3.5%) Q/Q. 2) Network processor vendor Cavium (CAVM -5%) issued light Q4 guidance, while blaming a distribution model change at its biggest data center customer. 3) Microcontroller maker Atmel (ATML -2.4%, set to be acquired by Dialog) missed Q3 revenue estimates and guided for Q4 revenue of $266M-$286M, below a $296.1M consensus.
- On the bright side, Apple-dependent Cirrus Logic (CRUS -5.7%) beat FQ2 EPS estimates (revenue was in-line) and provided solid FQ3 guidance, and fellow Apple/Samsung supplier InvenSense (INVN +14.3%) beat FQ2 estimates and issued in-line FQ3 guidance. Cirrus is nonetheless selling off; the earnings call (transcript) was generally upbeat, with management talking up FY16/FY17 growth opportunities related to smart codec and boosted amplifier sales.
- NXP merger partner Freescale (FSL -15.4%) is naturally seeing big losses. Other decliners include RF chipmakers Skyworks (SWKS -3.1%), Avago (AVGO -6%), and Qorvo (QRVO -2.6%), analog/mixed-signal chipmakers Texas Instruments (TXN -3%), ON Semi (ON -5.9%), MagnaChip (MX -6.8%), Fairchild (FCS -4.3%), Maxim (MXIM -3.1%), and IDT (IDTI -5.2%), and smart TV SoC vendor/STMicro rival Sigma Designs (SIGM -3.2%).
- Like NXP, Cirrus, and InvenSense, Skyworks, Avago, Qorvo, TI, and Fairchild are Apple suppliers. Fairchild and Maxim have recently benefited from M&A reports (I, II).
- Both NXP and STMicro reported seeing conditions deteriorate as Q3 progressed. NXP added lower-than-expected chip sell-through led to higher channel inventories, and STMicro stated "lower consumer spending in China is impacting the dynamics of the distribution channel in the region and the industry more globally, particularly in automotive." NXP has added 20M shares to its buyback in an attempt to soften the blow.
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