Xilinx: Broad Portfolio And Strong R&D Are A Winning Combination
Timothy McIntosh • 14 Comments
Timothy McIntosh • 14 Comments
Apr. 21, 2015, 5:35 PM| Apr. 21, 2015, 5:35 PM | 6 Comments
Apr. 9, 2015, 9:11 AM
- CNBC's David Faber reports Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) has ended talks to buy Altera (NASDAQ:ALTR) due to a failure to agree on price.
- Intel reportedly made an all-cash offer in the "low $50s" (sharply above Altera's Wednesday close of $42.00), and was rejected. Talks are said to have been going on for months.
- Intel -2.3% premarket to $30.60. Altera -10.6% to $37.65. Altera archrival Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) -1.9% to $41.75.
- Previously: Intel reportedly in talks to buy Altera; shares soar
- Previously: Intel/Altera seen yielding many synergies, sparking more M&A
- Update: Bloomberg reports Intel offered ~$54/share.
- Update 2 (11:35AM ET): Altera has erased its losses, and Intel has mostly done the same. Xilinx is up slightly.
Mar. 30, 2015, 11:37 AM
- After rising 28.4% on Friday on reports Intel (INTC -0.3%) is in talks to buy the company, Altera (ALTR -3.8%) is paring its gains in response to downgrades from CLSA, Morgan Stanley, and Macquarie. Morgan Stanley has also downgraded Xilinx (XLNX +0.3%), which rose 5.8% on the reports.
- Reactions to the reports, which vindicate at least a few predictions, have been largely positive. Among the perceived benefits to Intel from a deal: 1) Cost synergies from handling the manufacturing of Altera's FPGAs in-house. 2) Lowering Intel's PC dependence amid soft industry demand. 3) The potential to better cater to the likes of Facebook and Google (and keep ARM rivals at bay) by creating Xeon server CPUs with built-in FPGA circuitry to accelerate algorithm performance. 4) The potential to create system-level solutions for servers, telecom infrastructure gear, and other products that combine processors, FPGAs, and other chips.
- CLSA: "[W]e view a potential Altera deal favorably given the manufacturing and end-market synergies ... Altera’s strong base station presence is valuable to Intel ... we see $0.05-0.10 accretion to our 2016 EPS, and additional accretion down the road as manufacturing moves in house."
- Cowen: "[W]e surmise the deal would be heavily debt financed ... ALTR is one of the only semiconductor companies with better gross margin than INTC ... PLDs are one of the only verticals requiring leading-edge silicon in which INTC does not compete."
- Though upgrading Altera to Market Perform, Wiliam Blair is more cautious. "[W]e believe Altera’s fundamentals have deteriorated as the company has faced multiple headwinds. These include market share loss to Xilinx, declining margins, delays in new product ramp-ups, and competitive issues ... On top of this, we believe Altera (as well as Xilinx) has been negatively affected by the increased adoption of SoC solutions, resulting in decreased demand for FPGAs for Glue Logic functions." Bernstein (still bearish on Intel) notes Altera's revenue is only equal to 3% of Intel's.
- If a deal happens, many think Xilinx will be acquired soon afterwards. The short list of chipmakers big enough to swallow Xilinx ($11.1B market cap) and arguably having complementary products includes Texas Instruments, Qualcomm, Analog Devices, NXP/Freescale (about to merge), Skyworks, and Avago. There's also some speculation Intel, which has sat out the chip industry's recent M&A wave, will follow up on an Altera deal by making other purchases to lower its PC exposure.
Mar. 27, 2015, 3:47 PM
- The WSJ reports Intel (INTC +5.9%) is in talks to buy FPGA vendor/foundry partner Altera (ALTR +22.7%). Shares of both companies have surged in response. With Altera currently sporting a $12.7B market cap, the deal would be the biggest in Intel's history, and one of the biggest in the chip industry's M&A/consolidation wave.
- Intel struck a foundry deal with Altera in 2013, and is set to produce 14nm chips for the company. Altera's FPGAs are found in plenty of products containing Intel's Xeon server CPUs or network processors. The companies have also collaborated on a solution for Web data centers that pairs a Xeon CPU and an Altera FPGA in the same package, with the latter enabling on-the-fly programmability.
- Altera archrival Xilinx (XLNX +5%) and smaller rival Lattice (LSCC +3.7%) have also spiked higher.
- Update (4:00PM ET): The full story is now out. The WSJ states deal terms and timing are unknown.
- Update 2 (4:08PM): Bloomberg has joined the WSJ in reporting of deal talks. Intel closed up 6.4%, and Altera closed up 28.4%.
Mar. 16, 2015, 2:52 PM
- Drexel Hamilton has upgraded Xilinx (XLNX +4%) to Buy, and set a $45 target.
- The FPGA maker has rallied strongly on what's been a good day for chip stocks. Shares now trade for 18x Xilinx's FY16 (ends March '16) EPS consensus. The dividend yield is at 3%.
Mar. 10, 2015, 8:04 AM
- Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) declares $0.31/share quarterly dividend, 6.9% increase from prior dividend of $0.29.
- Forward yield 3.05%
- Payable June 3; for shareholders of record May 13; ex-div May 11.
Feb. 28, 2015, 3:33 PM
- Plenty of chipmakers and related IP providers have unveiled new products this week in tandem with the industry's ISSCC conference, and in advance of the Mobile World Congress (runs from Monday-Thursday).
- ARM (NASDAQ:ARMH) has furthered its embedded/IoT push by launching IFC (short for Intelligent Flexible Cloud), a hardware/software framework for creating intelligent, reliable networks of Web-connected, ARM-powered devices.
- IFC includes networking protocols for ARM-based processors, as well as support for software-defined networking (SDN - the offloading of network management to software-based controllers) and network functions virtualization (NFV - allows commodity hardware to be turned into a networking appliance). It complements ARM's mbed IoT platform for embedded/wearable devices.
- ARM server CPU vendors Cavium, Marvell, and AppliedMicro support IFC, as does network processor vendor EZchip's (NASDAQ:EZCH) Tilera unit, which just unveiled a new line of processors (the TILE-Mx family) that supports up to 100 64-bit ARM cores and 200Gbps of throughput; it begins sampling in 2H16. Benchmark is upbeat about the TILE-Mx line's potential.
- Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) has launched: 1) A smartwatch platform featuring an app processor with 2G/3G modem support, a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chip, a GPS SoC with an integrated sensor hub, an NFC radio, and a wireless charging IC. 2) An SoC for virtual (software-based) broadband customer premise equipment. 3) Two SoCs for wireless backhaul hardware that are declared to be the first to support 5Gbps of throughput.
- NXP (NASDAQ:NXPI) has launched: 1) Embedded microcontrollers with advanced security features meant to protect against theft/cloning. Targeted products include smart meter hubs, home/factory automation devices, and aftermarket auto hardware; SemiAccurate likes what it sees. 2) An RF transceiver that enables fully wireless earbud headphones (no wires between earbuds).
- Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) has refreshed its UltraScale+ FPGA and programmable SoC lines with chips made using TSMC's next-gen 16nm FinFET+ (3D transistor) process. The chips improve performance/power draw via SRAM integration and new interconnect optimizations, begin shipping in Q4, and aim to keep Xilinx competitive on the high-end as Altera launches FPGAs using Intel's 14nm process.
- IDT (NASDAQ:IDTI), an early leader in the wireless charging IC market, has rolled out new charging transmitter and receiver ICs that can respectively handle 15W and 10W of power. The transmitter contains a low-power ARM Cortex-M0 CPU core, and is contained within a tiny 5mm x 5mm package.
Jan. 22, 2015, 9:15 AM
Jan. 21, 2015, 5:35 PM
Jan. 21, 2015, 5:31 PM
- On top of missing FQ3 revenue estimates (while beating slightly on EPS), Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) is guiding for FQ4 revenue to be down 2%-6% Q/Q. That implies a range of $557.9M-$581.6M, well below a $635.4M consensus.
- The FPGA vendor blames its FQ3 revenue miss on weak broadcast and telecom market sales. Many chipmakers and optical component vendors have seen telecom-related sells pressured by soft industry capex.
- Gross margin was 69.7%, -220 bps Q/Q but +50 bps Y/Y and above guidance of 69%. That contributed to the EPS beat, as did $175M worth of buybacks. GAAP opex rose 10% Y/Y to $223.9M, exceeding revenue growth of 1%.
- Segment performance: Telecom & data center revenue (41% of total) -7% Y/Y. Industrial, aerospace, & defense (43% of revenue) +18%. Broadcast, consumer, and automotive (14% of revenue) -9%. Everything else (2% of revenue) -39%. 28nm chip sales rose nearly 20% Q/Q.
- Altera (NASDAQ:ALTR) is following Xilinx lower. Its Q4 report arrives tomorrow afternoon.
- FQ3 results, PR
Jan. 21, 2015, 4:29 PM
- Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX): FQ3 EPS of $0.62 beats by $0.01.
- Revenue of $594M (+1.2% Y/Y) misses by $22.59M.
- Shares -6% AH.
Jan. 20, 2015, 5:35 PM
Jan. 14, 2015, 12:24 PM
- JPMorgan has downgraded FPGA archrivals Altera (ALTR -3.4%) and Xilinx (XLNX -1.3%), as well as chip IP licensing firm Rambus (RMBS -2.4%), to Neutral. Xilinx has also been downgraded to Sector Perform by Pac Crest.
- Xilinx reports on Jan. 21, and Altera on Jan. 22. Given history, Rambus' calendar Q4 report should also arrive this month.
Dec. 19, 2014, 9:26 AM
- BofA/Merrill has respectively downgraded analog/mixed-signal chipmakers Maxim (NASDAQ:MXIM) and Linear (NASDAQ:LLTC) to Underperform and Neutral, and FPGA vendor Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) to Underperform. In addition, Goldman has cut Maxim to Neutral.
- Maxim, Linear, and Xilinx have all underperformed the broader chip industry this year. Maxim has seen its mobile sales hit hard by Samsung's woes; Xilinx has been pressured by soft telecom capex.
- Yesterday afternoon, Xilinx announced its 20nm mid-range Kintex FPGAs had entered mass-production, and claimed they were the first FPGAs to do so, thereby beating Altera (NASDAQ:ALTR) to the punch.
- While Xilinx plans to sell both mid-range and high-end 20nm FPGAs, Altera only plans to offer mid-range 20nm parts, and focus its high-end efforts on Intel's cutting-edge 14nm process. Intel/Altera demoed 14nm test chips in April.
- MXIM -2.2% premarket. LLTC -0.8%. XLNX -0.8%.
- Update: BofA has also downgraded Altera to Neutral, and Atmel to Underperform.
Nov. 26, 2014, 2:52 PM
- Chip stocks are outperforming after Analog Devices (ADI +5.2%) beat FQ4 estimates and offered in-line FQ1 guidance. The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX +1.9%) has made new highs.
- Notable gainers include many analog/mixed-signal and telecom IC firms: TXN +3%. LLTC +2.7%. SMTC +3.1%. ISIL +3.3%. SWKS +3.7%. AVGO +2.9%. OVTI +3.2%. FSL +3.1%. EZCH +2.5%. XLNX +2.3%. ALTR +2.1%. MX +4.3%. PMCS +2.7%. BRCM +2%.
- On its CC (transcript), ADI noted its telecom equipment chip sales are holding up well in spite of weak capex, aided by the fact its dollar content for 4G base stations is "at least 20% to 30% better" than for 3G base stations. The company also mentioned its lead times were stable in FQ4.
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
Nov. 17, 2014, 4:30 PM| Nov. 17, 2014, 4:30 PM
Xilinx, Inc. designs, develops and markets programmable devices and associated technologies, including: integrated circuits in the form of programmable logic devices, including programmable System on Chips and three dimensional ICs, or 3D ICs, software design tools to program the PLDs, targeted... More
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