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  • Tue, May 24, 3:37 PM
    • Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) is up 5.9% this afternoon on heavy volume after a StreetInsider report saying the company has drawn a $15B takeover offer, but from a mystery suitor.
    • The company has been considered the only large-cap chipmaker with the attributes of a good target, after Intel's purchase of Altera. Apple suppliers including Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) or Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) are the most likely suitors for Xilinx.
    • Xilinx used yesterday's analyst day to reiterate guidance for fiscal 2017 (sales growth of 4-8%, opex growth of 7-9%) and prompt strong bullishness from Pacific Crest. Analyst John Vinh sees the firm taking share in field-programmable gate arrays from Intel's Altera, which has faced delays and has "already lost at 20 nm and 14 nm."
    • Xilinx is expecting $750M in incremental revenue over the next five years, a modest 6% in compound annual growth. "Of the $750 million, $500 million is expected to be from market expansion, while $250 million should be from PLD share gains. This would imply ~$3.25 in EPS, which at 20x suggests fair value of $65," Vinh writes.
    • That $65 value would be 37% upside from today's (higher) price; Vinh has a price target of $55 (16% upside).
    • William Blair's Anil Doradla thought the overall tone was good but "lacked conviction" and was light on comment about the company's key wireless/wireline segments. He's maintaining an Outperform rating.
    | Tue, May 24, 3:37 PM | 22 Comments
  • Thu, Jan. 21, 11:48 AM
    • Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) has added to the after-hours gains seen yesterday following the company's FQ3 sales beat and healthy FQ4 guidance. Apparently helping: An 8-K filing issued in tandem with Xilinx's earnings report that discloses execs will receive higher severance payments and accelerated equity award vesting in the event of a change of control.
    • The changes are seen increasing the odds Xilinx, already a frequent subject of M&A speculation amid ongoing chip industry consolidation - particularly after Intel struck a deal to buy Xilinx archrival Altera - will be acquired. FBR's Chris Rolland notes Altera created similar change-of-control provisions six months before the Intel deal was reached.
    • BMO's Ambrish Srivastava also thinks M&A odds have grown, and has upgraded Xilinx to Outperform. He sees mobile chip/IP giant Qualcomm (recently formed a server CPU-related partnership with Xilinx) and China's Tsinghua Unigroup as potential acquirers.
    • Last May, Reuters reported Avago had reached out Xilinx, Maxim, and Renesas about potentially acquiring the companies. However, Avago later struck a $37B deal to acquire Broadcom.
    | Thu, Jan. 21, 11:48 AM | 1 Comment
  • May 31, 2015, 4:02 PM
    • Following more than two months of drama, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is set to announce tomorrow it's buying FPGA vendor Altera (NASDAQ:ALTR) for the same $54/share price Bloomberg reported hearing in early April, per the WSJ.
    • The reported price translates to a $16.2B valuation (per Yahoo/Google Finance), or $13.2B after factoring net cash/investments. It represents an 11% premium to Altera's Friday close, and a 56% premium to where it traded before the WSJ first reported of deal talks on March 27.
    • Since the first reports, Altera has posted disappointing Q1 results/Q2 guidance, and Intel has announced a server CPU partnership with programmable ASIC maker eASIC (Pending:EASI) that has been seen as a hedge against Altera. But that alliance could prove complementary, as FPGAs remain the gold standard for rapid programmability and low design costs, while ASICs maintain a size, performance, and power edge.
    • Will Xilinx (NASDAQ:XLNX) get acquired next? Reuters reported earlier this month Avago has shown interest in the Altera archrival. But that was before Avago struck a $37B deal to merge with Broadcom.
    • Previously: Intel/Altera seen providing many synergies, sparking more M&A
    | May 31, 2015, 4:02 PM
  • May 18, 2015, 12:35 PM
    • Xilinx (XLNX +1.3%) is higher after the NY Post reported Intel and Xilinx FPGA archrival Altera have resumed buyout talks. Shares jumped in March after the first Intel/Altera report arrived.
    • Last week, Reuters reported Avago (AVGO +1.3%) has reached out to Xilinx, analog/mixed-signal chipmaker Maxim (MXIM +0.6%), and Japanese microcontroller/analog chipmaker Renesas (OTCPK:RNECF) about potential deals. Sources also state Avago has talked with P-E firm Silver Lake about partnering on a deal.
    • Avago has acquired LSI, PLX Technology, and Emulex over the last 2 years, and was previously reported to have bid for Freescale before the company agreed to merge with NXP. The company is one of many chipmakers taking part in a consolidation wave driven by both cost and product synergies.
    | May 18, 2015, 12:35 PM
  • 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.
    | Apr. 9, 2015, 9:11 AM | 42 Comments
  • 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. 30, 2015, 11:37 AM | 7 Comments
  • 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. 27, 2015, 3:47 PM | 110 Comments
  • Apr. 15, 2013, 9:45 AM

    Altera (ALTR) is buying AppliedMicro's (AMCC) Danish TPACK unit, a developer of Altera-based FPGAs for optical networking applications, for an undisclosed sum. Altera claims TPACK's chips have displaced ASSPs in applications that include 100G hardware (a key growth market), and will complement its existing optical offerings. Telecom & wireless made up 44% of Altera's Q4 sales, and (as always) the company remains in pitched battle here with archrival Xilinx (XLNX). AppliedMicro bought TPACK for $32M-$37M in 2010. (PR)

    | Apr. 15, 2013, 9:45 AM | 1 Comment