Yesterday, 1:29 PM
- Following 16% Q/Q growth in Q3 (driven by iPhone-related orders), Broadcom's (BRCM +4.3%) broadband/connectivity chip sales only fell 2% Q/Q in Q4 to $1.475B, less than expected and driving the company's Q4 beat. Infrastructure/networking chip sales fell 4% Q/Q to $625M, in-line with expectations.
- On the CC (transcript), CEO Scott McGregor stated broadband/connectivity upside was "across the board, including set-top box, broadband access and particularly wireless connectivity." Wireless benefited not only from new phone launches, but also a growing mix of higher-ASP 802.11ac and 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi combo chips.
- McGregor added Broadcom is "seeing significant customer interest in our 4x4 multiuser MIMO 5G WiFi chip targeted for retail routers, broadband access gateways and set-top boxes," and has scored its first wireless charging IC design win. Q1 broadband/connectivity segment sales are expected to be down Q/Q, in-line with seasonality.
- In infrastructure/networking, data center sales were stronger than enterprise (campus LAN) and carrier sales. Strong design win activity is claimed for both Broadcom's new 3.2Tbps StrataXGS Tomahawk switching chip. Segment sales are expected to be flat Q/Q in Q1.
- Q4 gross margin was 54.7%, +60 bps Q/Q and +240 bps Y/Y, and even with a guidance midpoint of 55% after factoring stock compensation. Thanks to job cuts and the baseband wind-down, R&D spend fell 18% Y/Y to $530M, and SG&A spend rose by just $1M to $173M. $104M was spent on buybacks.
- Q4 results/guidance, PR
Dec. 16, 2014, 1:19 PM
- Broadcom (BRCM -0.8%) has launched a solution for satellite outdoor units (ODUs) declared to be the first such offering to integrate GPS connectivity.
- The solution pairs Broadcom's BCM4551 satellite transmission IC with its BCM4771 GPS receiver IC. The 4551 is uses an advanced 28nm manufacturing process, and the 4771 integrates a baseband processor and CPU with RF circuitry; Broadcom claims an industry-leading circuit board footprint for the latter.
- Hard-luck rival Entropic (ENTR -9.1%) has plunged following the announcement. Entropic is only a month removed from announcing it's cutting 40% of its workforce, and plans to end set-top SoC product development after struggling to compete against Broadcom and STMicroelectronics.
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- 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
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. 22, 2014, 11:02 AM
- Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) is above $40 after soundly beating Q3 estimates and providing better-than-feared Q4 guidance. On its CC (transcript), the company noted its Q3 beat was fueled by 16% Q/Q growth for its broadband/wireless connectivity chip reporting segment (67% of revenue).
- Wireless connectivity sales almost certainly got a lift (given Apple's numbers) from strong iPhone-related orders. The iPhone 6/6 Plus feature a Broadcom combo chip containing an 802.11ac Wi-Fi radio; 802.11ac parts carry higher ASPs than chips sporting 802.11n Wi-Fi radios (such as the one in the iPhone 5S).
- Broadband connectivity sales benefited from strong HD set-top IC sales (aided by share gains) for emerging markets designs. That appears to be giving a lift to set-top vendor/Broadcom client Arris (NASDAQ:ARRS) ahead of its Oct. 29 Q3 report.
- The networking/infrastructure chip segment's sales were roughly flat Q/Q at $651M, in-line with expectations. Data center and carrier-related sales both fell - soft telecom capex has taken a toll on many firms - while enterprise and home product sales rose. "Some pickup" is expected in carrier-related sales next year.
- During the Q&A, CEO Scott McGregor hinted Broadcom could announce new capital return plans during its Dec. 9 analyst day, given it now has over $2.7B in U.S. cash. $277M was spent on buybacks in Q3.
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- 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%.
Jul. 22, 2014, 5:26 PM
- Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) expects Q3 revenue of $2.1B-$2.25B, in-line with a $2.19B consensus.
- Q2 product gross margin was 55%, +280 bps Q/Q and +290 bps Y/Y, and above guidance of 53.95%-54.95%.
- Q3 product GM is expected to be at 55% (+/- 75 bps), and opex is expected to decline $40M-$60M Q/Q (job cuts related to the baseband exit?).
- Q2 results, PR
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Jun. 2, 2014, 7:38 AM
- The company has hired JPMorgan to help explore strategic alternatives for its cellular baseband business, including a sale or wind-down.
- Either action could be expected to save about $600M in annualized R&D and SG&A expenses, says Broadcom (BRCM), after filtering out reductions in stock-based compensation.
- Along with the news, Broadcom updates its outlook for the quarter ending this month, continuing to expect revenue of $2-$2.1B, but now seeing product gross margin to be at or above the high end of previous guidance.
- Source: Press Release
- Shares +10.7% premarket
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