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Thu, Feb. 4, 7:21 PM
- Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) is down 1.3% after hours after posting FQ3 sales roughly in-line with the guidance given in the company's Jan. 7 warning, and beating on EPS. FQ4 sales guidance of $600M is below a $620.1M consensus, while EPS guidance of $0.90-$0.95 is in-line with a $0.92 consensus. Sales expectations were low in light of the warning and Apple/Samsung's woes.
- Lifting FQ3 EPS: Qorvo spent $250M to buy back another 4.6M shares. $750M is left on the company's latest buyback authorization. Cost cuts (aided by RF Micro/TriQuint merger synergies) also helped: Non-GAAP operating expenses fell by $17M Q/Q to $139.8M. RF Micro and TriQuint had spent $150.5M between them in the year-ago period. Lower sales led gross margin to fall 180 bps Q/Q to 47.9%. GM is expected to bounce back to 50% in FQ4 - a reason EPS guidance is in-line.
- In spite of near-term sales weakness, Qorvo insists it's "growing our dollar content at our three largest mobile customers in the most anticipated marquee smartphones being released this year." and forecasts strong growth for its Infrastructure & Defense (IDP) chip unit. CFO Steve Buhaly: "I continue to be excited about our prospects, including a significant cost-reduction roadmap and great new products, including our rapidly growing BAW-based multiplexer business and other highly integrated solutions leveraging the full breadth of our product and technology portfolio."
- Qorvo's FQ3 results, earnings release
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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.
Thu, Jan. 28, 5:21 PM
- Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) FQ1 beat is accompanied by guidance for FQ2 revenue of $775M and EPS of $1.24, below a consensus of $817.8M and $1.33. However, with Apple having issued light calendar Q1 guidance and many fellow iPhone suppliers (including rival Qorvo) having warned and/or issued soft guidance, the outlook is being taken in stride.
- FQ1 details: Margin gains continue boosting EPS: Non-GAAP gross margin rose 470 bps Y/Y to 51.4%. FQ2 GM guidance is at 50.5%-51%. GAAP operating expenses rose 12% Y/Y to $141.6M. Skyworks ended FQ1 with over $1.2B in cash and no debt.
New non-mobile design wins included Volkswagen telematics systems, GM vehicle-to-vehicle communications sockets, Google's Chromecast HDMI stick and Nest security cameras, and Roku set-tops.
- Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) is up 2.3% after hours. Avago (NASDAQ:AVGO) is up 1.3%.
- Skyworks' FQ1 results, earnings release
Thu, Jan. 7, 4:14 PM
- Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) now expects FQ3 revenue of $620M, well below prior guidance of $720M-$730M and a $723.7M consensus. The RF chipmaker blames "weaker than forecasted customer demand in the Company's Mobile Products segment."
- Revenue is expected to be flat Q/Q in FQ4. Consensus is at $641.9M. "Above-market revenue growth" is forecast for calendar 2016. FQ3 results are due on Feb. 4.
- Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS) now expects FQ3 revenue of $347M, below prior guidance of $370M-$400M and a $386M consensus. Cirrus: "Our preliminary revenue results reflect weaker than anticipated demand for certain portable audio products. This weakness escalated over the last few weeks of December and is expected to continue to significantly impact our revenue in the March quarter."
- The audio codec developer still expects "meaningful" FY16 (ends March '16) revenue growth, and expects several new product launches to drive strong FY17 growth. FQ3 results arrive on Jan. 27.
- Both Qorvo and Cirrus are iPhone suppliers, with Cirrus getting well over half its revenue from Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). The warnings follow multiple reports indicating Apple has cut iPhone-related orders. Cirrus has dropped to $24.52 after hours.
- Update (5:14PM ET): Qorvo is down 10.2% after resuming trading. Many other Apple suppliers are also lower.
Nov. 6, 2015, 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
Nov. 5, 2015, 6:44 PM
- Along with its FQ2 results, Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) has announced a $1B, 12-month, buyback, good for repurchasing 13% of shares at current levels. The company finished a $400M buyback in September (just a month after launching it), and before that did a $200M buyback.
- FQ2 gross margin (non-GAAP) was 49.7%, down 180 bps Q/Q. Operating expenses fell by $1.9M Q/Q to $156.8M. Qorvo ended the quarter with $195M in cash, and $75M in debt.
- CEO Bob Bruggeworth: "Design activity during the quarter was particularly robust, as we secured multiple opportunities to expand content in the marquee smartphones launching in calendar 2016 and 2017 and positioned [infrastructure & defense products] to accelerate growth across its target markets."
- QRVO +14.5% after hours to $51.60.
- FQ2 results/FQ3 guidance, PR
Nov. 5, 2015, 4:07 PM
- Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO): FQ2 EPS of $1.22 beats by $0.11.
- Revenue of $708.3M beats by $8.87M.
- Expects FQ3 revenue of $720M-$730M and EPS of $1.25-$1.30 vs. a consensus of $741.2M and $1.26.
- Shares +14.7% after hours.
Nov. 4, 2015, 5:35 PM
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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.
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
Oct. 6, 2015, 12:57 PM
- Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) has tumbled towards $75 after announcing it's buying storage and telecom IC vendor PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ:PMCS) for $2B in cash on hand. (PR)
- Fellow RF chipmaker Avago (AVGO -6.7%), which (thanks to the LSI acquisition) competes against PMC-Sierra in the storage controller market, is also off, as is merger partner Broadcom (BRCM -3.2%), which competes against PMC to an extent in the telecom IC and network processor markets. RF peer Qorvo (QRVO -3.3%) is also getting hit. The Nasdaq is down 1.2%.
- Possibly hurting the group: Skyworks has used the PMC deal to announce it expects FQ4 (calendar Q3) revenue of $880M and EPS of $1.52. That's slightly above prior guidance of $875M and $1.51 and a consensus of $876M and $1.51, but expectations have been high following a long string of beat-and-raise quarters.
- The PMC acquisition expands Skyworks' reach to a slew of non-RF chip markets and enterprise/telecom infrastructure end-markets. It's expected to yield $75M in cost synergies within 12 months of closing (expected in 1H16), and subsequently boost Skyworks' annual EPS by $0.75. Assuming that target is hit, Skyworks is paying 14x forward EPS.
- Update (1:04PM ET): BofA/Merrill is defending Skyworks and Avago, arguing forward P/Es of less than 10 make shares very cheap.
- Update 2 (5:01PM ET): The group staged a comeback in afternoon trading. Skyworks closed down 1.4%, Avago 3.4%, Qorvo 1.1%, and Broadcom 1.6%. The Nasdaq closed down 0.7%.
Jul. 29, 2015, 8:48 PM
- Discussing its light FQ2 guidance on its earnings call, Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) mentioned it has seen "seen a slowing among handset customers in China," and that certain Chinese customers "have a few weeks of excess inventory to work on." The Chinese smartphone market saw a rough start to the year; bulls have been hoping for a 2H15 pickup.
- Qorvo also noted weak Chinese 4G infrastructure demand has affected base station-related sales. Various other chipmakers have reported seeing the same trend.
- CEO Bob Bruggeworth promises new integrated offerings enabled by the RF Micro/TriQuint merger will help drive long-term growth. "These new Qorvo solutions, which include receive diversity modules, Wi-Fi Integrated Front End Modules, and SOI infrastructure switches, are expected to contribute meaningfully to revenue next calendar year."
- Shares fell to $59.89 in AH trading. Qorvo rival Skyworks provided stronger calendar Q3 guidance last Thursday.
- FQ1 results/FQ2 guidance, PR
Jul. 29, 2015, 4:04 PM
- Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO): FQ1 EPS of $1.09 beats by $0.03.
- Revenue of $673.6M beats by $9.05M.
- Expects FQ2 revenue of $690M-$710M and EPS of $1.05-$1.15, below a consensus of $743.6M and $1.28.
- Shares -9.2% AH.
Jul. 23, 2015, 5:00 PM
- In addition to beating FQ3 estimates, Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) is guiding for FQ4 revenue of $875M and EPS of $1.51, above a consensus of $863M and $1.42.
- FQ3 gross margin was 49%, +150 bps Q/Q and +360 bps Y/Y, and above guidance of 48%. FQ4 GM guidance is at 50%. GAAP operating expenses rose 16% Y/Y to $134.3M - $76.8M was spent on R&D and $48.6M on SG&A. Skyworks ended FQ3 with $1.11B in cash, and no debt.
- New design wins during the quarter include SkyOne Mini (RF front-end, aimed at cheaper phones) and diversity module wins for a ZTE 4G platform, antenna switch and connectivity module wins at Xiaomi, Zigbee analog front-end for Home Depot smart lighting products, and connectivity ICs for set-tops deployed by Liberty Global.
- Shares have risen to $107.01 AH. Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO), which reports on July 29, is up 1.5% to $76.38.
- Skyworks' FQ3 results, PR
- Earlier: Micron, RF chipmakers gain as Cirrus/SanDisk soar post-earnings
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