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. 7, 2014, 3:18 PM
- Skyworks (SWKS -3.7%) has received at least seven target hikes since delivering above-consensus FQ1 guidance yesterday afternoon and upping its dividend. But shares are nonetheless seeing profit-taking following a huge 2014 rally. Peers RF Micro (RFMD -4.4%), TriQuint (TQNT -4.1%), and Avago (AVGO -3%), each of which has also fared well this year, are also selling off.
- Needham (target hiked to $70) notes FQ4 results benefited from "broad-based demand drivers including content gains at multiple smartphone OEMs, the LTE ramp in China, the 3G upgrade cycle in emerging markets, multi-stream 802.11ac [Wi-Fi] deployments and [high-power amplifier] penetration across multiple vertical end markets." It also observes management "expects revenue will continue to grow at a rate faster than the industry in F1Q15 and FY15 overall."
- Oppenheimer declares the RF component boom cycle to be in its early innings. Pac Crest thinks Skyworks' Apple sales are offsetting Samsung weakness, and is upbeat about strong non-mobile demand. "Channels remain lean and inventory build suggests good multi-quarter visibility," says BofA/Merrill.
- Shares currently go for 14x the pre-earnings FY15 (ends Sep. '15) EPS consensus exc. net cash; the consensus should go up post-earnings.
Oct. 31, 2014, 11:31 AM
- Three weeks after providing a calendar Q3 warning that triggered a massive chip stock rout, Microchip (MCHP +7.3%) has provided Q4 guidance that's in-line with lowered estimates. The microcontroller vendor, which has often seen trends emerge ahead of peers, also said it saw most of its inventory correction in Q3, and expects Q4 sales to be just "slightly below typical seasonal levels."
- Chip stocks are up strongly (SOXX +4%) on a day the Nasdaq is up 1.4%. Since Microchip's warning, a slew of analog chipmakers and microcontroller firms (e.g. Atmel, Freescale, STMicro, Intersil, Linear) have offered light Q4 guidance, and other firms have reported seeing high-end Android weakness (e.g. Synaptics, Cirrus Logic, Amkor).
- On the other hand, several mobile chipmakers (Skyworks, RF Micro, TriQuint, Silicon Motion), some of which have decent iPhone exposure, have provided strong results and/or guidance. Other chipmakers, such as Broadcom, Texas Instruments, and Xilinx, have rallied after delivering in-line guidance.
- Susquehanna's Chris Caso: "By now, we think it’s clear that the weakness MCHP saw in September is not company specific ... The question now is if the full extent of the weakness has been dialed into estimates. If it has, then this would be among the shortest and mildest downturns in many years."
- Notable gainers: SNDK +3.9%. MU +4.1%. AMAT +3.9%. TXN +4.7%. NXPI +3.9%. NVDA +3.5%. MXIM +4.7%. LLTC +5.1%. FCS +9.6%. FSL +8.8%. ADI +6.5%. TQNT +6.8%. RFMD +6.5%. ATML +5.9%. AVGO +5.1%. MRVL +4.7%. AMCC +8.9%. BRCM +3.6%. TSM +4.4%. ARMH +3.3%.
- Intel (INTC +3.5%) has recovered most of the losses it saw yesterday due to Intesil's (ISIL +3.3%) results and guidance, and related comments about a PC chip inventory correction.
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
Oct. 20, 2014, 5:21 PM
- iPhone suppliers are trading higher after Apple beat FQ4 estimates and issued FQ1 guidance that was mostly above consensus. FQ4 iPhone sales of 39.3M were better than expected, and iPad sales of 12.3M worse than expected.
- Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS) +1.4% AH. Avago (NASDAQ:AVGO) +1.2%. Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) +1.2%. RF Micro (NASDAQ:RFMD) +2.4%. NXP (NASDAQ:NXPI) +2%.
Oct. 16, 2014, 2:47 PM
Oct. 14, 2014, 9:33 AM
- Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) expects FQ4 (Sep. quarter) revenue of $718M and EPS of $1.08, above a consensus of $679.5M and $1.01. Full FQ4 results arrive on Nov. 6.
- The RF component maker also hiked its FQ3 guidance in June. Strong iPhone 6-related demand may have contributed to the latest hike, given recent reports.
- Peers are also up strongly amid a higher open for equities: RFMD +5.5%. TQNT +5.3%. AVGO +3%. Like other chip stocks, the group sold off on Friday following Microchip's warning.
Oct. 14, 2014, 9:15 AM
Oct. 10, 2014, 9:59 AM
- Microchip's (MCHP -12.5%) calendar Q3 warning, which was accompanied by a declaration that it believes "another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future," is taking a heavy toll on chip stocks (SOXX -5.5%).
- Intel (INTC -4.2%) and many other chipmakers have joined the several firms that sold off AH yesterday in going in the same direction as Microchip: MU -5.8%. FSL -8.5%. BRCM -3.6%. SWKS -7.5%. RFMD -6.2%. XLNX -4.9%. MXIM -5%. AMBA -5.5%. IDTI -6.7%. CAVM -7.4%. AVGO -10.2%. SMTC -4.3%. SYNA -4.1%. POWI -6.9%.
- Chip equipment makers are also getting hit: AMAT -3.5%. KLAC -3.3%. LRCX -2.3%. UTEK -2.5%. KLIC -2%.
- As Microchip noted in yesterday's warning, the company's very diversified customer base, together with its recognition of distributor revenue on a customer sell-through basis rather than a distributor sell-in basis, often allow it to see industry changes before peers.
- The microcontroller vendor added its warning was driven by a September decline in sales to Chinese clients, and observed it has typically "returned to sequential revenue growth after two quarters" during past downturns.
- Chip stocks have had a good run over the last 12 months, aided by healthy mobile demand and the industry's consolidation wave.
Sep. 19, 2014, 9:36 AM
- iFixit's teardown of the iPhone 6 Plus turned up five Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) chips, up from the three found in last year's teardown of the 5S and nearly matching the six found in certain Galaxy S5 teardowns.
- In addition to the expected Cat-4 LTE baseband modem, a Qualcomm power management IC, RF transceiver, receive-only chip (needed to enable LTE carrier aggregation), and envelope-tracking IC (relatively new, improves battery life) were found in the 6 Plus.
- In-line with rumors and the company's hints, an InvenSense (NYSE:INVN) motion sensor - specifically, a 6-axis gyroscope/accelerometer - was found. That suggests InvenSense has displaced STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) as the iPhone's motion sensor supplier.
- Two Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) power amplifier modules are found, including a low-band LTE part. Avago (NASDAQ:AVGO) has both a high-band amplifier module, and an integrated ultra high-band amplifier/FBAR filter module. TriQuint (NASDAQ:TQNT) can claim a 3G amplifier module, and merger partner RF Micro (NASDAQ:RFMD) an antenna switch module.
- Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) appears to remain the iPhone's combo chip supplier (courtesy of a module from partner Murata), and also supplies a touch controller IC. Chipworks thinks Broadcom also has the Wi-Fi slot for the Apple Watch.
- As expected, NXP (NASDAQ:NXPI) is supplying an NFC module and the M8 motion co-processsor, and Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS) the audio codec IC. Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) is providing a touch transmitter IC.
- Moving in response: INVN +1.9%. AVGO +1.5%. STM -3.9%.
Sep. 4, 2014, 9:07 AM
Aug. 29, 2014, 11:03 AM
- Avago (AVGO +8.1%) has received a slew of target hikes after beating FQ3 estimates, reporting strong margins, and issuing healthy FQ4 guidance. RF component peers Skyworks (SWKS +1.6%), RF Micro (RFMD +4.5%), and TriQuint (TQNT +5.2%) are also higher.
- "We believe Street continues to under-appreciate this self-help story where mgmt has a proven record of cutting costs, paying down debt, and executing on multiple secular growth cycles," says BofA/Merrill. Its FY14 and FY15 EPS forecasts have respectively been raised by 20% and 25%.
- Credit Suisse: "Avago's leverage to structural growth drivers including content increases in the Industrials/autos end-mkts and accelerating demand for bandwidth, as well as, product cycles (4G/LTE wireless ramps at Apple and China) should allow the company to outperform peers." The diversification provided by the LSI deal is seen providing "further stability."
- Morgan Stanley expresses "high conviction in management's ability to execute on driving LSI's [operating margin] from 17% to 30% over the next few years," given Avago has doubled its op. margin to 30% since its 2005 LBO.
- On the CC (transcript), CEO Hock Tan mentioned wireless sales are expected to rise over 60% Q/Q thanks to "the ramp of a new phone model and a North American smartphone customer" (a clear iPhone 6 reference). Demand for FBAR filters and related products in 4G phones remains strong.
- Wired infrastructure is expected to grow at a low-single digit rate (switch/router ASIC growth offsetting flat optical component demand), and enterprise storage is expected to see mid-single digit growth excluding the PLX acquisition.
Aug. 29, 2014, 9:07 AM
Aug. 28, 2014, 5:00 PM
- Though Avago's (NASDAQ:AVGO) revenue from continuing ops of $1.29B was below consensus, the figure excludes sales from its flash storage product unit (to be sold to Seagate) and its Axxia network processor unit (to be sold to Intel). With flash/Axxia included, revenue was $1.39B, above a $1.35B consensus.
- FQ4 guidance, which excludes flash/Axxia but includes just-acquired PLX Technology, is for revenue from continuing ops to be up 18%-22% Q/Q. The consensus is at $1.42B.
- FQ3 gross margin for continuing ops was 57%, up from 54% in FQ2 and 51% a year ago. Opex was 23.9% of revenue vs. 21.2% a year ago. GM is expected to be at 56% (+/- 1%) in FQ4, and opex is expected to be flat Q/Q at $307M.
- Thanks to LSI's products, enterprise storage made up 32% of revenue. Wireless was 28%, wired infrastructure 27%, and industrial 13%. Strong 4G RF component demand helped wireless sales rise 26% Y/Y.
- FQ3 results, PR
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Aug. 13, 2014, 6:10 PM
- Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) is buying Avago's (NASDAQ:AVGO) Axxia network processor unit for $650M in cash. The deal is expected to close in Q4.
- The unit was obtained by Avago through the LSI merger. It had 2013 revenue of $113M, and employs 650 people.
- The acquisition broadens Intel's product line within a competitive network processor market that also features Broadcom, Marvell, Cavium, and Freescale, among others.
- The chip giant bought Ethernet switch processor startup Fulcrum Microsystems in 2011, and (thanks to the Fulcrum deal) counts data center switch vendor Arista Networks among its clients. The adoption of software-defined networking (SDN - shifts network intelligence to software-based controllers) is expected to boost demand for off-the-shelf silicon relative to proprietary ASICs.
- Notably, the Axxia line relies on ARM and IBM PowerPC CPU cores rather than x86 cores. However, the processors are often used in PCIe cards within servers running Intel x86 CPUs.
- Back in May, Avago agreed to sell LSI's flash product unit to Seagate for $450M.
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