Sigma Designs, Inc.
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  • Fri, Jan. 22, 3:30 PM
    • Plenty of tech names crushed over the first 20 days or so of January are sharply higher as the Nasdaq (up 2.4%) continues rebounding from Wednesday's intraday lows. Many still have sizable YTD losses.
    • Big gainers among telecom equipment/component firms: Optical component vendors Oclaro (OCLR +9.5%) and NeoPhotonics (NPTN +6%), mobile infrastructure/services giant Ericsson (ERIC +6.2%), optical networking hardware vendor Infinera (INFN +5.2%), and microcap RF backhaul hardware firms DragonWave (DRWI +24.3%) and Ceragon (CRNT +10%). Ericsson underperformed yesterday following a pre-earnings Goldman downgrade.
    • Among enterprise tech firms: Threat-prevention technology and services provider FireEye (FEYE +7.7%), big data software provider Hortonworks (HDP +16.1%), security software/services firm Rapid7 (RPD +9.1%), data governance software firm Varonis (VRNS +5.6%), and flash storage array vendor Violin Memory (VMEM +13.6%). FireEye fell slightly yesterday after making a Q4 pre-announcement and announcing a $200M+ acquisition. Hortonworks was crushed on Tuesday after a Q4 pre-announcement and stock offering shelf registration.
    • Among chip industry firms: RF chipmaker Skyworks (SWKS +6%), audio codec developer Cirrus Logic (CRUS +7.3%), smart TV/home automation chipmaker Sigma Designs (SIGM +6.5%), FPGA/sensor hub maker QuickLogic (QUIK +9.2%), and chip equipment firms Axcelis (ACLS +4.9%) and Aixtron (AIXG +4.9%). Major Cirrus/Skyworks client Apple reports on Tuesday afternoon.
    • Also up big: 3D printer maker 3D Systems (DDD +7.1%), Russian search leader Yandex (YNDX +7.5%), mortgage origination software firm Ellie Mae (ELLI +6.4%), Chinese solar firm Yingli (YGE +11.4%), and SMB Web services provider Wix.com (WIX +5.3%).
    • Previously covered: Rosetta Stone, Live Ventures, HP Enterprise, Mitel, Mobileye, Qorvo, SunPower, SolarCity
    | Fri, Jan. 22, 3:30 PM | 6 Comments
  • 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
    | Fri, Jan. 15, 2:53 PM | 9 Comments
  • Dec. 9, 2015, 12:48 PM
    | Dec. 9, 2015, 12:48 PM | 12 Comments
  • Dec. 8, 2015, 6:12 PM
    • In addition to missing FQ3 revenue estimates (while beating on EPS), Sigma Designs (NASDAQ:SIGM) has guided on its earnings call for FQ4 revenue of $50M-$53M, below a $59.2M consensus.
    • Shares have tumbled to $7.80 after hours.
    • FQ3 results, earnings release
    | Dec. 8, 2015, 6:12 PM
  • Dec. 8, 2015, 5:37 PM
    | Dec. 8, 2015, 5:37 PM
  • Dec. 8, 2015, 3:23 PM
    • Sigma Designs (NASDAQ:SIGM): FQ3 EPS of $0.13 beats by $0.02.
    • Revenue of $61.58M (+14.5% Y/Y) misses by $1.01M.
    • Shares +3.5%.
    • Press Release
    | Dec. 8, 2015, 3:23 PM
  • Nov. 13, 2015, 5:44 PM
    • Top gainers, as of 5.25 p.m.: SIGM +9.8%. TVIX +2.1%. ITUB +2.0%. AVL +1.9%.
    • Top losers, as of 5.25p.m.: ECA -6.7%. FCAU -5.0%. ADHD -3.2%. OCAT -1.9%.
    | Nov. 13, 2015, 5:44 PM | 10 Comments
  • Nov. 13, 2015, 1:50 PM
    • BWS Financial has downgraded Sigma Designs (NASDAQ:SIGM) to Hold.
    • The smart TV/home automation chipmaker is up 22% YTD, but down 27% from a July high of $12.30. Shares go for 18x an FY17 (ends Jan. '17) EPS consensus of $0.50.
    • Three days ago: Sigma buys mobile IoT ASIC/software developer for $22M
    | Nov. 13, 2015, 1:50 PM
  • 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. 6, 2015, 4:47 PM | 1 Comment
  • 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. 29, 2015, 12:29 PM | 7 Comments
  • Oct. 9, 2015, 11:39 AM
    • Baird has launched coverage on Sigma Designs (NASDAQ:SIGM) with an Outperform rating and $14 target.
    • The launch follows a nosedive that occurred in the wake of Sigma's Sep. 9 FQ2 report (occurred in spite of an FQ2 beat and above-consensus FQ3 guidance).
    • Shares currently go for 17x an FY17 (ends Jan. '17) EPS consensus of $0.46, and less than 1x FY17E sales after backing out net cash.
    | Oct. 9, 2015, 11:39 AM
  • Sep. 10, 2015, 12:44 PM
    | Sep. 10, 2015, 12:44 PM | 4 Comments
  • Sep. 10, 2015, 11:19 AM
    • Sigma Designs (NASDAQ:SIGM) has tumbled below $9.50 in spite of beating FQ2 estimates and guiding on its earnings call (transcript) for FQ3 revenue of $60M-$63M, above a $58.8M consensus. With shares up 44% YTD going into earnings, expectations were somewhat high.
    • One possible area of concern: Sigma forecasts sales of its Z-Wave home automation chips/modules (sold to security service providers and to a lesser extent telecom carriers) will drop Q/Q due to an inventory adjustment, after growing strongly for several quarters. However, sales are expected "pick up again quite dramatically" in FQ4.
    • Also: 1) Days sales outstanding (DSO) rose by 9 days Q/Q to 60. Sigma states customers are requesting extended payments terms. 2) The company expects a mix shift towards smart TV SoC sales will lead to gross margin (non-GAAP) remaining in the 48%-50% range in the near-term: FQ2 GM was 50.5%, down 330 bps Q/Q and 320 bps Y/Y, but in-line with guidance of 49%-52%. FQ3 GM guidance is at 48%-51%.
    • Smart TV chip sales rose 146% Y/Y, and made up 42% of FQ2 revenue. IoT (Z-Wave) sales rose 97%, and were 22% of revenue. Media connectivity chips fell 21%, and were 24% of revenue. Set-top chips made up 11% of revenue, and license/other 1%.
    • FQ2 results, PR
    | Sep. 10, 2015, 11:19 AM | 3 Comments
  • Sep. 9, 2015, 5:43 PM
    • Top gainers, as of 5.25 p.m.: CNW +32.0%. SIGM +5.4%. PANW +4.8%. YRCW +4.5%. TOT +3.0%.
    • Top losers, as of 5.25p.m.: KKD -17.0%. MTH -2.0%. XPO -2.0%. QUNR -1.0%. UPL -0.9%.
    | Sep. 9, 2015, 5:43 PM | 2 Comments
  • Sep. 8, 2015, 3:25 PM
    • The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX +3.9%) has risen to its highest levels since mid-August on a day the Nasdaq is posting a 2.3% gain.
    • Likely helping out: Microchip (MCHP +8.4%), still often seen as an industry bellwether (though its commentary accompanying last fall's warning sparked criticism), has adjusted its FQ2 (calendar Q3) revenue and EPS guidance to $545M-$563M ($554M midpoint) and $0.60-$0.66 from a prior $$532M-$569M ($550.5M midpoint) and $0.58-$0.66. The outlook comes after many chipmakers (Microchip included) offered below-consensus calendar Q3 guidance amid an inventory correction, weak PC demand, and slowing Chinese smartphone growth.
    • Microchip's core ops are said to be tracking in-line with prior expectations, and recently-acquired Micrel's above expectations. The 8.6M shares issued in the Micrel deal have been repurchased.
    • Also: Various Taiwanese chipmakers and supply chain firms have reported August sales. Chip packaging/testing firms ASE (ASX +5.9%) and Siliconware (SPIL +4.1%) respectively reported sales were up 5.8% and 5.7% M/M, and up 9.5% and down 4.2% Y/Y.
    • Big gainers include Microchip peers NXP (NXPI +6.8%), Freescale (FSL +5.8%), Silicon Labs (SLAB +4.4%), and Cypress (CY +4.4%). Others include Avago (AVGO +5.8%), Xilinx (XLNX +5.7%), Cavium (CAVM +5.5%), Analog Devices (ADI +6.3%), Synaptics (SYNA +5.4%), Linear (LLTC +4.6%), Cirrus Logic (CRUS +4.7%), IDT (IDTI +4.6%), Sigma Designs (SIGM +4.9%), and chip equipment maker Axcelis (ACLS +8%).
    • SanDisk, ON Semi, and Silicon Motion are benefiting from upgrades/bullish coverage. Apple holds its iPhone event at 1PM ET tomorrow.
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    | Sep. 8, 2015, 3:25 PM | 1 Comment
  • Jun. 26, 2015, 2:48 PM
    • Chip stocks are seeing outsized losses (SOXX -2.6%) amid a 0.8% drop for the Nasdaq following DRAM/NAND flash giant Micron's FQ3 miss and weak FQ4 guidance - the numbers were blamed on a mixture of soft PC demand, associated DRAM price pressure, and a manufacturing process transition. Some analysts have argued Micron's issues are at least partly company-specific and/or that PC and DRAM demand will improve in 2H15.
    • The Philadelphia Semi Index is now down 7% from a June 1 peak of $101.80. It's still up 2% YTD, and (thanks partly to an industry M&A wave) roughly 2x from its fall 2012 lows.
    • In addition to PC-exposed Intel and AMD, chip stocks sporting large declines include Qorvo (QRVO -4.9%), Sigma Designs (SIGM -5.7%), MoSys (MOSY -7.9%), Anadigics (ANAD -10.8%), Silicon Motion (SIMO -6.5%), Inphi (IPHI -5.3%), PMC-Sierra (PMCS -3.8%), ON Semi (ON -4.2%), AppliedMicro (AMCC -3.7%), and Vimicro (VIMC -5.3%).
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    | Jun. 26, 2015, 2:48 PM | 15 Comments
Company Description
Sigma Designs Inc is a integrated semiconductor solutions provider offering intelligent media platforms for use in the home entertainment and home control markets.