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Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY)

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  • 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
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  • Fri, Mar. 13, 1:02 AM
    • With Cypress Semi (NASDAQ:CY) and Spansion (NYSE:CODE) having just closed their $5B all-stock merger, Cypress CEO T.J. Rodgers has told employees in a memo the merged company plans to lay off 1,600 workers within the next 3 weeks.
    • Rodgers states the layoffs will be equally split between Cypress and Spansion, and suggests they'll cover 20% of the combined company's workforce. About half the affected employees will be immediately dismissed, and the other half asked to stay on for a certain amount of time.
    • The job cuts are part of Cypress/Spansion's efforts to reap over $135M/year in cost synergies within three years.
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  • Thu, Mar. 12, 6:13 PM
    • Cypress Semi (NASDAQ:CY) and Spansion (NYSE:CODE) have closed their $5B all-stock merger earlier than originally expected. As previously announced, 2.457 Cypress shares will be issued for each Spansion share, and shareholders of each company will own 50% of the post-merger entity.
    • Cypress CEO T.J. Rodgers uses the announcement to highlight Cypress and Spansion's automotive market synergies. "Cypress has a dominant position in capacitive touch-sensing controllers and SRAMs for infotainment systems, and Spansion is the leading supplier of flash memory and microcontrollers for infotainment, body and climate control systems, instrument clusters and advanced driver assistance system. The new Cypress will be the No. 3 chip supplier worldwide of memories and microcontrollers to this business."
    • Shares of both companies have soared since the deal was first announced on Dec. 1. Plenty of analysts have chimed in with positive reactions.
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  • Mon, Mar. 2, 4:36 PM
    • Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ:CY) declares $0.11/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 2.86%
    • Payable April 16; for shareholders of record March 26; ex-div March 24.
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  • 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
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  • Thu, Jan. 22, 2:11 PM
    • Both Cypress Semi (CY +2.6%) and merger partner Spansion (CODE +2.7%) beat Q4 revenue estimates while posting in-line EPS.
    • Cypress guided on its CC for Q1 revenue to fall 2%-5% Q/Q (implies a range of $174.8M-$180.4M vs. a $178.4M consensus) and EPS to be in a range of $0.08-$0.10 (below an $0.11 consensus).
    • Spansion has guided for Q1 revenue of $270M-$310M; the midpoint is below a $300.9M consensus.
    • The chipmakers still expect their 50:50 merger to close in 1H15. Shares of both remain sharply above where they traded before the deal was announced on Dec. 1.
    • Cypress: Q4 results, PR. Spansion: Q4 results, PR.
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  • Thu, Jan. 22, 8:01 AM
    • Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ:CY): Q4 EPS of $0.13 in-line.
    • Revenue of $184.09M (+9.7% Y/Y) beats by $1.43M.
    • Shares +5.93% PM.
    • Press Release
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  • Thu, Jan. 22, 7:04 AM
    • Spansion (NYSE:CODE): Q4 EPS of $0.30 in-line.
    • Revenue of $309.5M (-1.3% Y/Y) beats by $2.14M.
    • Press Release
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  • Wed, Jan. 21, 5:30 PM
  • Wed, Jan. 14, 1:20 PM
    • A slew of tech companies have posted steep losses on a day the Nasdaq is down 1%.
    • Major decliners include Pandora (P -5%), LED giant Cree (CREE -5.9%), cloud HR software leader Workday (WDAY -4.1%), chipmakers Ambarella (AMBA -5.3%), Pixelworks (PXLW -3.7%), Audience (ADNC -3.6%), Spansion (CODE -4.4%), and Cypress (CY -3.9%) (the last two are merger partners), OLED materials/IP provider Universal Display (OLED -4.2%), industrial automation tech provider Echelon (ELON -4.8%), and P2P lending giant/recent IPO LendingClub (LC -4.8%).
    • Possibly affecting OLED: LG Display (NYSE:LPL) has been ordered to halt operations at an OLED TV panel production line following a gas leak that killed two workers.
    • Cree and Pandora aren't far removed from their 52-week lows; the former reports on Jan. 20, and the latter on Feb. 5. LendingClub, whose selloff follows a volatile Tuesday, could be affected by a neutral coverage launch from Susquehanna.
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  • 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
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  • Tue, Jan. 6, 1:36 PM
    • Up 30% in 2014, the Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX -2.2%) has fallen over 4% thus far in 2015. Today's decline comes as the Nasdaq drops 1.6%.
    • Many names are posting 3%+ losses. SWKS -4.2%. QRVO -5.8%. AMAT -3.4%. KLAC -3.1%. SYNA -5.4%. IPHI -9%. ARMH -5.4%. SIMO -4.5%. MCRL -3.9%. AMCC -3.9%. CODE -5.1%. CY -4.6%. QUIK -7.9%.
    • This morning, Gartner estimated global chip sales rose 7.9% in 2014 to $339.8B, a little less than the 9.4% recently estimated by IHS. Sell-side firms have forecast industry growth will fall to the ~5% range in 2015.
    • Gartner thinks memory sales rose 16.9%, fueled by a 31.7% increase in DRAM sales. All other chip markets rose by 5.4%, a marked improvement from 2013's 0.8%. Intel (15% share) and Samsung (10.4%) claimed over a quarter of industry sales between them. Qualcomm (5.6%), Micron (4.9%), and SK Hynix (4.7%) rounded out the top-5.
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
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  • Dec. 23, 2014, 9:29 AM
    • On yesterday evening's episode of Mad Money, Jim Cramer declared Cypress Semi (NASDAQ:CY) a good way to play the chip industry's consolidation wave. Cypress and merger partner Spansion (NYSE:CODE), both of which soared after announcing their 50/50, all-stock, deal on Dec. 1, are getting a lift.
    • Cramer also stated he thinks industry consolidation, which has contributed to a huge rally in chip stocks over the last 15 months, is far from finished. "I think the logic of this consolidation is so powerful that within a few years, there will be hardly be any small semiconductor companies left. That may sound crazy, but to me it makes sense."
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  • Dec. 15, 2014, 10:14 AM
    • Wedbush has upgraded Cypress Semi (CY +2.9%) to Outperform, and hiked its target to $18. 50/50 merger partner Spansion (CODE +3%) is naturally following Cypress higher.
    • Cypress and Spansion both received upgrades two weeks ago after announcing their merger; analysts praised the deal's cost synergies, tax savings (CODE has $900M worth of NOLs), and memory/microcontroller product synergies.
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  • Dec. 11, 2014, 5:35 PM
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  • Dec. 3, 2014, 1:48 PM
    • The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX +1.7%) is making fresh highs after Microchip (MCHP +4.1%) slightly upped its calendar Q4 guidance, and stated it continues to "see an improvement in our bookings and billings since our earnings call on October 30, 2014."
    • Chip stocks had also jumped following that earnings call, during which Microchip said it believed the inventory correction that triggered an Oct. 9 warning (and a major chip stock selloff) was mostly over. While a slew of chipmakers provided soft Q4 guidance after Microchip's warning, fears of a major correction didn't pan out.
    • The group outperformed a bit yesterday after Cypress (CY +2.9%) announced it's merging with Spansion (CODE +2.5%), continuing the chip industry's consolidation wave. Several firms have upgraded Cypress and/or Spansion in response, praising the deal's cost synergies.
    • Notable gainers include not only chipmakers, but also chip equipment, test/assembly, and IP licensing firms: ARMH +3.8%. AMBA +3%. MX +9%. MXIM +4.2%. AMCC +3.5%. ADI +3.1%. SIMG +3.7%. AMKR +4.2%. SPIL +3.3%. SYNA +2.7%. ATML +3.7%. ENTR +3.8%. AMAT +2.7%. KLAC +2.5%.
    • Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
    • Last week: Chip stocks rally after ADI's earnings
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Company Description
Cypress Semiconductor Corp with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures and markets high-performance, mixed-signal, programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and system value.