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Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (MLNX)

  • Thu, May 28, 1:34 PM
    • In a presentation (.pdf) discussing their planned merger, Avago (AVGO -0.4%) and Broadcom (BRCM -2.6%) state they're aiming for a 40% long-term op. margin, up from the 30% collectively possessed by the companies today. Gross margin is forecast to rise to 60% from a current 57%, and R&D and SG&A spend respectively fall to 16% and 4% of revenue from 20% and 7%.
    • Avago and Broadcom, who have $15.1B in revenue between them, are only forecasting a 5% long-term revenue CAGR. However, Avago CEO Hock Tan states the outlook is "probably conservative."
    • Avago plans to partly finance the $17B cash portion of the deal via $9B worth of new debt. The post-merger company is expected to have $15.5B in debt and $1.3B in cash; Broadcom shareholders will have a 32% stake. The deal is expected to close in Q1 2016.
    • Many potential product synergies exist. Among the possibilities: Wi-Fi/Bluetooth solutions that pair Broadcom's combo chips with Avago RF components; server/storage connectivity product lines featuring a mixture of Broadcom's Ethernet transceivers and switching chips and Avago's adapter cards and optical transceivers - Stifel thinks Mellanox (MLNX -0.3%) could be at risk here - and telecom equipment product lines that combine Broadcom's network processors and switching chips with Avago's optical components.
    • Meanwhile, in its FQ2 report (issued in tandem with the merger announcement), Avago has guided for FQ3 revenue of $1.74B (+/- $25M), above a $1.68B consensus. The company reported a 66% Y/Y increase in FQ2 wireless chip revenue (aided by strong Apple/Samsung demand), along with 74% and 64% increases in wired infrastructure and industrial/other revenue (lifted by both organic growth and M&A).
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  • Jun. 24, 2014, 10:19 AM
    • Integrity Project, an Israeli firm founded in '06, provides embedded software outsourcing services in areas including hardware development, connectivity, and cryptography.
    • Mellanox (MLNX -0.3%) says it's acquiring Integrity to "enhance [its] software teams" for platforms such as CloudX, which enables the building of cloud infrastructures using commodity server/storage hardware, open-source software (OpenStack-based), and Mellanox's interconnects.
    • Last year, Mellanox bought 100G optical component vendor IPtronics and silicon photonics interconnect provider Kotura, as it tries to meet a looming threat from Intel.
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  • Jun. 17, 2014, 6:58 PM
    • The consolidation wave that has hit the semi industry could soon yield tax inversion deals for foreign firms similar to deals seen in the healthcare industry, says FBR's Christopher Rolland.
    • Inversion deals allow U.S. companies buying foreign firms to see lower tax rates if less than 80% of the equity in the new company is owned by legacy U.S. shareholders, and the post-merger company has substantial foreign ops.
    • Rolland thinks ARM (ARMH), NXP (NXPI), Mellanox (MLNX), and Taiwan's MediaTek could be among the foreign companies targeted by U.S. chipmakers. Worth noting: Mellanox sells more than just chips, and ARM's business model depends on the company maintaining a neutral status within the industry.
    • Meanwhile, Nomura's Romit Shah names 15 potential M&A candidates, and divides them into 3 groups: "Sub-scale companies" with high margins and strong IP; "strategic companies" with compelling product lines; and "undervalued companies."
    • Shah's "sub-scale companies:" IDTI, ISIL, MTSI, MCRL, SMTC, SLAB.
    • "Strategic companies:" ALTR, AMCC, ATML, CAVM, MPWR, BRCM ($22.5B market cap could make it tough to digest).
    • "Undervalued companies:" DIOD, IRF, MSCC.
  • Jul. 1, 2013, 9:53 AM
    Mellanox (MLNX +1.7%) strengthens its 100G hand some more by acquiring IPtronics, a Danish maker of components for high-speed optical interconnects, for $47.5M in cash. Mellanox says the deal, which follows its May purchase of silicon photonics interconnect firm Kotura, will help it deliver "end-to-end optical interconnect solutions at [100G] and beyond." Both purchases appear aimed at dealing with the long-term threat posed by Intel (INTC), which (with the help of acquisitions) wants to integrate InfiniBand controllers onto its server CPUs, and bake 100G silicon interconnects into its server platforms.
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  • May 15, 2013, 5:05 PM
    Mellanox (MLNX) is acquiring Kotura, a developer of silicon photonics interconnect tech, for $82M in cash. The deal, which is expected to be accretive to 2014 EPS by $0.01-$0.03, is noteworthy in light of Intel's (INTC) efforts to both develop both InfiniBand solutions and 100G silicon photonics interconnects for its server CPU platforms, with the goal of creating more modular server architectures. This purchase seems aimed at trying to meet that long-term threat.
  • Sep. 11, 2012, 11:46 AM
    Mellanox (MLNX +3.0%) has been approached several times by potential acquirers, claims CEO Eyal Waldman, but the company prefers to remain independent. Waldman adds Mellanox has a "gentleman's agreement" with #1 customer Oracle (ORCL) that the latter won't add to its 10% stake, whose value has increased considerably, and claims Mellanox's InfiniBand solutions won't see serious competition from rivals such as Intel for at least 3 years. Others are more concerned. (CFO retirement).
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  • Jan. 23, 2012, 9:37 AM
    QLogic (QLGC -0.1%) is selling its InfiniBand adapter card and switch business to Intel (INTC) for $125M in cash. The move allows QLogic to focus on its core Fibre Channel and FCoE storage networking businesses, and is the latest in a series of moves made by Intel to bolster its networking offerings (previously). InfiniBand chipmaker Mellanox (MLNX -5.4%) is selling off on the news.
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Company Description
Mellanox Technologies Ltd designs, manufactures and sells interconnect products and solutions that facilitate data transmission between servers, storage systems and communications infrastructure equipment and other embedded systems.