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Atmel Corporation (ATML)

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  • Tue, Aug. 25, 11:37 AM
    • Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML) discloses CEO Steve Laub "agreed to a Board of Directors' request to extend his retirement date to facilitate the completion of an ongoing strategic evaluation process." Laub announced in May he'd be stepping down on Aug. 31.
    • Reuters reported in June Atmel is working with i-bank Qatalyst Partners to explore a sale. Before that, FBR called the microcontroller vendor its top semi buyout candidate.
    | Tue, Aug. 25, 11:37 AM | 3 Comments
  • Tue, Aug. 25, 9:19 AM
    | Tue, Aug. 25, 9:19 AM | 7 Comments
  • Tue, Jul. 28, 5:35 PM
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  • Tue, Jul. 28, 5:17 PM
    • In addition to missing Q2 estimates, Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML) is guiding for Q3 revenue of $283M-$303M, well below a $336.8M consensus.
    • Shares have fallen to $8.15 AH. Various chip industry peers had already provided light guidance, including Atmel microcontroller rival Texas Instruments.
    • Q2 results, PR
    | Tue, Jul. 28, 5:17 PM | Comment!
  • Mon, Jun. 8, 3:59 PM
    • Reuters reports Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML) is working with i-bank Qatalyst Partners to explore a sale and other strategic options. Shares have spiked higher.
    • FBR called Atmel its top semi buyout candidate last week, while citing the quality of its microcontroller portfolio and the potential for a suitor to significantly improve Atmel's margins by shifting chip production to more modern fabs.
    • Speculation that Atmel will be an M&A target have been running high for a while, thanks to CEO Steve Laub's retirement plans and a blizzard of chip industry M&A over the last 18 months (including some involving microcontroller makers such as Cypress and Freescale).
    | Mon, Jun. 8, 3:59 PM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Jun. 4, 11:50 AM
    • FBR estimates Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML) has a ~25% chance of being acquired in the next 12 months as chip industry consolidation continues. "In our view, Atmel has an excellent [microcontroller] product portfolio with just two architectures (AVR and ARM), thus is less R&D-intensive and therefore a more favorable [microcontroller] acquisition.
    • FBR also notes Atmel "has one of the oldest and most efficient fabs globally," making it possible for an acquirer with more modern fabs to significantly increase its margins. It estimates Atmel's EPS would rise 61% after post-acquisition synergies are realized, with a bull case of 109%.
    • Shares are within $0.50 of a 52-week high of $9.76. Several Atmel peers have already been bought.
    • Yesterday: Needham reports Silicon Labs has fielded M&A inquiries
    | Thu, Jun. 4, 11:50 AM | 2 Comments
  • Wed, May 27, 3:00 PM
    • Chip stocks are posting outsized gains (SOXX +4%) amid a 1.3% increase for the Nasdaq after the WSJ reported Avago and Broadcom are in advanced merger talks, sparking hopes for further M&A.
    • A Broadcom/Avago deal would be worth ~$67B at current valuations, easily making it the largest in the chip industry's breathless consolidation wave. It would also touch markets ranging from smartphones to set-tops to servers to switches/routers.
    • Notable gainers include Avago RF chip peers Skyworks (SWKS +4.3%), Qorvo (QRVO +3.2%), and Anadigics (ANAD +4.9%). Others include Micron (MU +3.8%), SanDisk (SNDK +4.3%), NXP (NXPI +3.5%), Silicon Motion (SIMO +8.3%), Cirrus Logic (CRUS +4.8%), STMicroelectronics, (STM +3.4%), Synaptics (SYNA +3.4%), Atmel (ATML +2.8%), Cavium (CAVM +4.5%), Intersil (ISIL +4.6%), Semtech (SMTC +3.9%), ON Semi (ON +3.8%), Microsemi (MSCC +4.4%), and IDT (IDTI +4.2%).
    • Non-chipmakers tied to the industry are also doing well. Standouts include ARM (ARMH +4.4%), Amkor (AMKR +4.6%), ASML (ASML +3.1%), and Rambus (RMBS +3.3%).
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    | Wed, May 27, 3:00 PM | 41 Comments
  • Mon, May 18, 2:10 PM
    • Many chip stocks are turning in healthy gains amid a 0.7% gain for the Nasdaq after the NY Post reported Altera (up 6.2%) has resumed buyout talks with Intel.
    • Also possibly helping: China's big-3 carriers have announced major data tariff cuts. Brean has argued the cuts are a positive for RF chipmakers Skyworks (SWKS +5.7%), Qorvo (QRVO +4.2%), and Avago (AVGO +1.9%); the companies benefit from rising 4G phone sales.
    • Aside from the aforementioned companies, today's gainers include Synaptics (SYNA +4.8%), Himax (HIMX +2.3%), and Silicon Motion (SIMO +2.3%), each of whom also has Chinese mobile exposure. Other winners include Atmel (ATML +3.7%), Microsemi (MSCC +2.6%), InPhi (IPHI +2%), Intersil (ISIL +2.5%), Silicon Labs (SLAB +2.5%), IDT (IDTI +2.3%), and MaxLinear (MXL +3.5%).
    • Chip ETFs: SOXX, SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    | Mon, May 18, 2:10 PM | 1 Comment
  • Wed, May 6, 4:27 PM
    • Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML) is guiding for Q2 revenue of $310M-$326M, below a $336.8M consensus. However, a soft forecast was expected after several microcontroller and mixed-signal peers guided light.
    • Q1 non-GAAP revenue excludes $1.4M produced by Atmel's XSense touch sensor unit (recently sold to UniPixel). Gross margin was 47.6% vs. 49% in seasonally strong Q4 and 44% in Q1 2014; Q2 GM guidance is at 48% (+/- 1%).
    • EPS received a lift from a 10% drop in GAAP costs/expenses to $297.7M, and (to a lesser extent) $9.1M in buybacks. CEO Steve Laub: "Our lower cost structure should allow us to deliver significantly improved profitability throughout the remainder of 2015."
    • After initially trading lower AH, shares having risen to $7.70.
    • Q1 results, PR
    | Wed, May 6, 4:27 PM | Comment!
  • Fri, Apr. 24, 2:03 PM
    • Though the Nasdaq is up 0.7% thanks to market-pleasing earnings from Google, Microsoft, and Amazon, chip stocks (SOXX -2.1%) are adding to their Thursday losses after Freescale, Altera, Microsemi, and Maxim joined the ranks of chipmakers offering soft Q2 guidance; Texas Instruments, Xilinx, and Qualcomm did so on Wednesday afternoon.
    • NXP (NXPI -4.3%), set to merge with Freescale in a cash/stock deal, is selling off ahead of its April 29 Q1 report. RF chipmakers Skyworks (SWKS -3.8%), Qorvo (QRVO -4.4%), and Avago (AVGO -5.2%) are also seeing steep declines.
    • Other decliners include a slew of telecom/networking, microcontroller, and analog/mixed-signal chipmakers. The group includes Marvell (MRVL -3%), ON Semi (ON -6.9%), Atmel (ATML -3.3%), Cypress (CY -4%), Lattice (LSCC -3.9%), Semtech (SMTC -6.9%), Cavium (CAVM -6%), PMC-Sierra (PMCS -2.9%), InPhi (IPHI -3.8%), and Silicon Labs (SLAB -2.9%). Chip packaging/testing firm Amkor (AMKR -5.7%) is also off; its Q1 report arrives on Monday.
    • As was the case with TI and Xilinx, soft telecom equipment chip demand was often blamed by those guiding light yesterday afternoon. Freescale (FSL -3.5%) stated it expects network processor division sales to be down Q/Q and RF (base station power amplifier) division sales to be flat. Microcontroller, automotive, and analog and sensor division sales are expected to rise.
    • Altera (ALTR -3.3%) stated its "telecom and wireless business, and particularly our wireless business globally looks to be quite weak in [Q2], while the rest for our business will in aggregate be flat to slightly up." Regarding its Q1 miss, the company notes "Industrial, test, compute and storage, and to a lesser extent military, fell short of our forecast" (share loss to Xilinx?).
    • Maxim reports seeing "broad-based softness in communications infrastructure demand" and soft industrial bookings to go with healthier mobile/auto demand. The Galaxy S6 appears to be giving a lift to Maxim's mobile sales.
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    | Fri, Apr. 24, 2:03 PM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Apr. 23, 12:20 PM
    • While the Nasdaq is up 0.3%, chip stocks are selling off (SOXX -1.8%) after Texas Instruments, Xilinx, and Qualcomm all provided soft calendar Q2 guidance. TI and Xilinx also missed Q1 sales estimates, while Qualcomm beat.
    • Decliners include Avago (AVGO -3.7%), Qorvo (QRVO -2.5%), Freescale (FSL -3%), STMicroelectronics (STM -3.6%), Atmel (ATML -2.3%), PMC-Sierra (PMCS -2.5%), Fairchild (FCS -2.2%), Cypress (CY -2.1%), Audience (ADNC -6.6%), IDT (IDTI -4.5%), Vishay (VSH -2.9%), AppliedMicro (AMCC -2.3%), and Cavium (CAVM -4.4%). NXP, ON Semi, Linear, Microchip, and Maxim remain lower after falling AH yesterday.
    • With the decliners including many microcontroller, analog/mixed-signal, and telecom equipment chipmakers, TI (TXN -7.3%) might be the biggest culprit: The analog/DSP giant blamed soft telecom equipment and consumer electronics demand for its numbers, with particular weakness in mobile infrastructure (a 2014 strong point) and PCs; auto and industrial demand was healthier.
    • On its CC (transcript), TI attributed the mobile weakness to delayed carrier capacity upgrades. This morning, mobile infrastructure giant Ericsson posted a Q1 miss blamed in part on weak North American 4G spending.
    • Likewise, Xilinx (XLNX -1.3%), which has strong 4G infrastructure exposure, stated on its CC (transcript) wireless sales were weaker than expected due to "continued softness in North America and a weakening in China LTE business." Wired infrastructure sales were in-line, and other markets outperformed.
    • Qualcomm largely blamed its guidance on the iPhone 6's share gains and a loss of chip share at Samsung, rather than industry demand issues. Altera, Freescale, Maxim, Microsemi, and Synaptics report after the close.
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    • 8 days ago: Chip stocks rally following Intel/Linear's earnings
    | Thu, Apr. 23, 12:20 PM | 1 Comment
  • Fri, Apr. 17, 9:17 AM
    • UniPixel (NASDAQ:UNXL) is acquiring all manufacturing assets related to Atmel's (NASDAQ:ATML) XSense touch sensor ops, a rival to UniPixel's InTouch sensor line, and assuming related costs.
    • UniPixel is also taking out a 5-year license (with a 10-year renewal option) on Atmel's XSense patent portfolio and other IP. Atmel will "receive minimum royalties during the initial five year term equal to $16.25 million, of which $9.33 million is being prepaid in cash at close."
    • The deal comes two months after Atmel took a $26.6M charge on XSense manufacturing assets, and ahead of Atmel's May 6 Q1 report. It also follows numerous delays by UniPixel in ramping InTouch production.
    • UniPixel has soared to $8.55 premarket. Atmel is unchanged.
    • Update: UniPixel wound up closing down 6.9% following the news.
    | Fri, Apr. 17, 9:17 AM | 11 Comments
  • Wed, Mar. 25, 12:03 PM
    • Chip stocks are particularly hard-hit  (SOXX -3.6%) on a rough day for tech. The Nasdaq is down 1.3%, and the S&P 0.7%. Going into today, good earnings reports and ongoing M&A activity had led the Philadelphia Semi Index to rise 10% from its Jan. 30 close; the index remains up nearly 2x from its fall 2012 lows.
    • AMD (AMD -7.2%) is a major decliner following a UBS downgrade. AMD rival/GPU giant Nvidia (NVDA -5.2%) and memory giant Micron (MU -3.7%) are also selling off, as are merger partners NXP (NXPI -3.8%) and Freescale (FSL -3.4%), RF chipmakers Avago (AVGO -5.2%), Skyworks (SWKS -5.3%), and Qorvo (QRVO -7.1%), LED/RF chipmaker Cree (CREE -4.1%), and high-flying video processor developer Ambarella (AMBA -4.3%).
    • Other decliners include telecom chipmakers/ARM server CPU vendors Cavium (CAVM -4.8%) and AppliedMicro (AMCC -4.4%), microcontroller vendors Atmel (ATML -3.5%), Cypress (CY -5.5%), and STMicroelectronics (STM -3.5%), voice processor developer Audience (ADNC -3.7%), analog/mixed-signal chipmakers Linear (LLTC -3.7%), Maxim (MXIM -3%), and Intersil (ISIL -3.5%), FPGA maker Lattice (LSCC -3.9%), and mixed-signal/wireless charging IC developer IDT (IDTI -5.4%).
    • Chip equipment, IP, and foundry providers are also underperforming. Big decliners include ARM (ARMH -4.4%), KLA-Tencor (KLAC -4.2%), Lam Research (LRCX -5.4%), ASML (ASML -4.1%), TowerJazz (TSEM -4.3%), Mattson (MTSN -4.5%), Ultratech (UTEK -4.7%), and Tessera (TSRA -6.1%). ASML has been downgraded to Hold by Banco Santander.
    • TSMC (TSM -4.6%) is among the decliners in spite of a Digitimes report stating the foundry giant's sales are expected to rise 0%-5% Q/Q in Q2 - consensus is for a 2% drop - with strong Apple A8 CPU orders offsetting soft Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 orders.
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    | Wed, Mar. 25, 12:03 PM | 19 Comments
  • Mon, Mar. 2, 1:41 PM
    • The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX +2.4%) has rallied to new highs after NXP announced it's buying microcontroller, network processor, and RF amplifier supplier Freescale for $16.7B after factoring net cash/debt, the biggest deal yet in the chip industry's ongoing consolidation wave. The Nasdaq is up 0.5%.
    • Microcontroller makers are among today's big gainers - NXP/Freescale assert they'll be the world's biggest supplier of general-purpose microcontrollers. Standouts include Atmel (ATML +6%) and STMicroelectronics (STM +3.4%), as well as Cypress (CY +3.1%) and merger partner Spansion (CODE +3.2%).
    • Other notable gainers include InvenSense (INVN +3.4%), Ambarella (AMBA +6.3%), Audience (ADNC +5.5%), Cirrus Logic (CRUS +3.7%), Cavium (CAVM +4.2%), ON Semi (ONNN +3.5%), Silicon Motion (SIMO +3.5%), InPhi (IPHI +3.8%), and TowerJazz (TSEM +5.5%).
    • With the Mobile World Congress as a backdrop, InvenSense has unveiled a 6-axis SoC that pairs a gyroscope and acceleromoter with a motion processor and related software/algorithms; the company claims 25%-50% better power consumption than rival solutions. It has also launched a software library meant to "provide sensor-assisted positioning in places where GNSS alone cannot provide desired accuracy."
    • Cavium has announced its OCTEON Fusion-M processor line for mobile base stations. The chips support up to 16 custom CPU cores running at 2GHz., and are declared by Cavium to enable "Smart Radio Heads" that can adapt to network conditions. They begin sampling in Q3.
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    • Previously: Chip product launches: ARMH, EZCH, BRCM, NXPI, XLNX, IDTI
    | Mon, Mar. 2, 1:41 PM | 3 Comments
  • Wed, Feb. 4, 6:09 PM
    • Along with its Q4 numbers Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML) announces it's initiating a $0.04/share quarterly dividend, good for a 2% yield at current levels. The first dividend is payable on March 26 to shareholders on record as of the March 16 close.
    • The microcontroller/touch controller vendor adds it plans to continue buying back shares while it pays out dividends. $21.9M was spent on buybacks in Q4, and $209M is currently remaining on Atmel's buyback authorization.
    • On the CC, Atmel guided for Q1 revenue of $306M-$324M, below a $338.2M consensus. A $26.6M Q4 impairment charge was taken on manufacturing assets for the company's XSense touch sensor ops.
    • Shares are down to $8.00 AH.
    • Q4 results, PR
    | Wed, Feb. 4, 6:09 PM | Comment!
  • Thu, Jan. 8, 4:18 PM
    • Hit hard on Tuesday amid a market rout, chip stocks have more than made up for it today: The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX +3%) handily exceeded the Nasdaq's 1.8% gain. The index posted a 1% gain yesterday.
    • Micron (MU +4.9%) has been one of the standouts, more than recouping yesterday's post-earnings losses. Ditto Freescale (FSL +9.2%), which benefited from a Deutsche target hike, and Marvell, which got a lift from an MKM note. Others: NVDA +3.8%. NXPI +4.7%. AVGO +5%. SWKS +4.5%. CY +6.1%. CODE +5.9%. CAVM +5.2%. SWKS +4.5%. SLAB +4.5%. KLIC +3.8%. SMTC +3.6%. ATML +3.7%. FCS +4.2%. TSEM +4.2%.
    • As is their custom, both chipmakers and their clients have been unveiling plenty of new products at CES.
    • ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    | Thu, Jan. 8, 4:18 PM | 7 Comments
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Atmel Corp designs and manufactures microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory, radio frequency (RF) components and application specific integrated circuits.