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Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY)

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  • Thu, May 14, 2:38 PM
    • A Cypress (NASDAQ:CY) acquisition of Integrated Silicon (ISSI +7.2%) could lift 2016 EPS by $0.22, thinks Pac Crest's John Vinh (Overweight rating). The 2016 EPS consensus is currently at $0.99.
    • Vinh estimates Cypress could cut ISSI's operating expenses by 50% and boost its gross margin by 600 bps. Major product/end-market synergies are also seen. "75% of Integrated Silicon's revenue is in auto/industrial, which compares to 55% for Cypress. In terms of products, Integrated Silicon has 65% DRAM (dynamic random-access memory), 25% SRAM (static random-access memory) and 10% analog."
    • In addition, Vinh argues ISSI's existing deal to be acquired by a Chinese group faces "significant regulatory barriers," given over half of ISSI's employees are Taiwanese and Taiwan doesn't allow Chinese ownership. Though ISSI has suggested it could divest its Taiwanese ops, Vinh observes such a move "could be significantly disruptive" to its operations.
    • After slipping in AH trading in the wake of its $19.75/share offer to buy ISSI, Cypress is now sharply higher. ISSI, meanwhile, is trading above $20, as markets bet on a bidding war occurring.
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  • Wed, May 13, 5:29 PM
    • In an open letter, Cypress Semi (NASDAQ:CY) has offered $19.75/share in cash ($711M, or $575M net of cash on hand) to acquire fellow chipmaker Integrated Silicon (NASDAQ:ISSI). ISSI is 2 months removed from agreeing to a $19.25/share acquisition by a Chinese consortium.
    • Cypress, of course, is only 2 months removed from closing its $5B all-stock merger with Spansion. With post-merger integration apparently proceeding well - Cypress recently upped its target for post-merger cost synergies by $25M/year to $160M/year - the company might feel it can also reap major cost synergies from an ISSI deal.
    • ISSI's product line includes DRAM, SRAM, and NOR flash, as well as audio amplifiers, LED drivers, and a variety of other analog/mixed-signal chips - the post-merger Cypress already has plenty of memory and mixed-signal exposure. Cypress' offer price is equal to less than 2x trailing sales after backing out net cash.
    • ISSI, which closed at $18.74 today, is halted. Cypress is down 1% AH to $12.53. Given the modest premium to the Chinese consortium's acquisition price, Cypress' offer might just be an opening bid.
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  • Thu, Apr. 30, 12:19 PM
    • Though it missed Q1 estimates (EPS was affected by merger-related costs), Cypress (NASDAQ:CY) has guided on its CC for Q2 revenue of $475M-$500M and EPS of $0.11-$0.15, favorable at the midpoints to a consensus of $482.3M and $0.12. That's going over well in light of the weak guidance provided by many other microcontroller and mixed-signal chipmakers.
    • The company also states it now expects $160M/year in synergies from the Spansion merger, up from a prior forecast of $135M/year. Major job cuts were announced last month.
    • Separately, Cypress has announced sales chief J. Daniel McCraine is retiring. Mike Balow, Spansion's VP of sales prior to its merger with Cypress, will succeed McCraine.
    • Q1 results, PR
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  • 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
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  • 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
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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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  • 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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  • 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.