Thu, Feb. 26, 3:59 PM
- Mellanox (MLNX +3.9%) has gradually rallied following news Avago is buying Fibre Channel/Ethernet adapter and controller vendor Emulex for $609M. Brocade and QLogic are also higher.
- Emulex doesn't compete against Mellanox in the InfiniBand adapter card/switch market, but there is some overlap between the companies in the 10G/40G Ethernet adapter and controller markets. On a broader level, both companies act as connectivity hardware providers for server and storage OEMs.
- Mellanox rallied a month ago after beating Q4 estimates and providing strong Q1 guidance.
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- With Intel's Grantley Xeon server CPU launch providing a big tailwind, Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX) expects Q1 revenue of $140M-$145M, above a $135.4M consensus.
- CEO Eyal Waldman declares the Q4 beat was fueled by 40G Ethernet adoption by major clients, growing HPC deployments (boosted by share gains), and "additional penetration into Web 2.0, storage and cloud markets." Mellanox's 100G InfiniBand offerings are expected to see initial deployments in Q1, as are its 25/50/100G Ethernet adapters and cables.
- Gross margin rose 300 bps Y/Y in Q4 to 72.3%; it's expected to be at 70%-71% in Q1. Opex rose 14% to $73M.
- Mellanox ended Q4 with $389M in cash/investments, and no debt. Jefferies' downgrade wasn't timed well.
- Q4 results, PR
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Tue, Jan. 27, 10:26 AM
- Declaring there's limited upside to its $50 target, Jefferies has cut Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX) to Hold ahead of tomorrow's Q4 report. The Nasdaq is off 1.7%.
- Summit Research forecast in-line results and guidance yesterday. Like others, it thinks Intel's Grantley Xeon server CPU launch boosted demand from Mellanox's HPC clients (50%-60% of revenue). Grantley and strong demand from Internet giants helped Intel report a 25% Y/Y increase in Q4 server CPU division sales.
Tue, Jan. 13, 10:33 AM
- Emulex (NYSE:ELX) now expects FQ2 revenue of $110M-$111M and EPS of $0.23-$0.24, above prior guidance of $102M-$108M and $0.14-$0.18; consensus is at $105.7M and $0.16.
- CEO Jeff Benck: "Emulex finished calendar year 2014 in a much stronger position led by a resilient Fibre Channel sector and benefiting from solid execution and customers' embrace of our current product cycles." The company sees a "broad slate of OEM qualifications of our 10Gb Ethernet products designed for next generation x86 servers [ramping] in the market over the next year."
- Full FQ2 results arrive on Jan. 29. Improving server demand appears to have provided a lift.
- Archrival QLogic (QLGC +5.7%) and InfiniBand/Ethernet adapter and switch vendor Mellanox (MLNX +3%) are also outperforming, as is Fibre Channel switch leader Brocade (BRCD +3.2%). The Nasdaq is up 1.7%.
Nov. 14, 2014, 11:34 AM
- The Department of Energy has awarded $325M in contracts to IBM (IBM +0.6%) to create two GPU-accelerated supercomputers declared to be at least 3x more powerful than any existing system.
- The systems will rely on IBM's Power CPUs, Nvidia's (NVDA +0.5%) Tesla GPUs and NVlink GPU interconnects, and Mellanox's (MLNX +2.1%) 100Gb/s InfiniBand interconnects. Installation is expected in 2017.
- IBM asserts the systems will lower energy consumption by limiting data movement. The deal acts as a nice reference win for Power - Big Blue is trying to stem Power's share losses to Intel's Xeon CPUs by selling to 3rd-party server OEMs and licensing the architecture to other chip developers. Its powerful Power8 CPU (12 cores supporting 96 simultaneous threads) began shipping earlier this year.
- Separately, the DOE says it will invest $100M in FastForward2, an R&D program to create more powerful/energy-efficient supercomputers. IBM, Nvidia, Intel, AMD, and supercomputer maker Cray (CRAY +0.1%) are among the companies taking part.
- PRs: IBM, Nvidia, Mellanox
Nov. 12, 2014, 9:37 AM
- Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX) "has determined that [its] accounting for charitable contributions and certain purchase orders in prior periods needs to be revised," and is delaying its Q3 10-Q filing as a result.
- Though management has concluded "the Company’s previously-issued quarterly and annual financial statements were not materially misstated," the cumulative amount would be material to 2014 results if recorded in full during Q3.
- Moreover, Mellanox thinks "these matters are indicative of material weaknesses in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting." It plans to revise its 2011-2013 financial statements.
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Oct. 22, 2014, 4:41 PM
- Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX) expects Q4 revenue of $133M-$137M, above a $129.3M consensus.
- Q3 results beat estimates on the back of strong InfiniBand hardware demand for HPC deployments (boosted by Intel's Grantley Xeon CPU launch), as well as higher Ethernet product sales. Mellanox expects rising shipments of 40G Ethernet adapters (carrying higher ASPs than 10G adapters) to Web/cloud clients to provide a Q4 lift.
- Gross margin rose 110 bps Y/Y to 70.2%. GAAP opex rose 13.5% Y/Y to $82.3M. GM is expected to be in a 69%-70% range in Q4.
- MLNX +2.7% AH. Q3 results, PR.
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Sep. 30, 2014, 9:13 AM
- Believing the company is "well-positioned to capitalize" on a server upgrade cycle fueled by Intel's Grantley Xeon CPUs (launched earlier in September), Piper's Andrew Nowinski has upgraded Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX) to Overweight, and hiked his target by $10 to $50.
- Nowinski sees Grantley boosting Mellanox's sales and earnings growth for the next 4-6 quarters. He also points out shares have fallen 11% since July 2013 (when Piper downgraded them), while the Nasdaq is up 25%.
- Mellanox's management has already forecast Grantley will boost the company's HPC-related sales (roughly half of its revenue).
Aug. 4, 2014, 9:41 AM
- Barclays has upgraded InfiniBand switch/adapter market leader Mellanox (MLNX +2.5%) to Equal Weight, and downgraded Fibre Channel switch/adapter leaders QLogic (QLGC -1.3%) and Emulex (ELX -6.3%) - the former to Equal Weight, and the latter to Underweight.
- All three companies also have a presence in the data center Ethernet switch/adapter space. Barclays is optimistic about Mellanox's improving business trends, and worried about the impact of a declining Fibre Channel market on QLogic and Emulex.
- Mellanox rallied 10 days ago after providing strong Q3 guidance to go with in-line Q2 results, and providing upbeat commentary on demand from both HPC and non-HPC markets. QLogic plunged after guiding for a Q/Q gross margin drop (caused by a mix shift towards Ethernet products) to go with an in-line revenue forecast. Emulex reports on Thursday.
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Mellanox Technologies Ltd produces and supplies semiconductor interconnect products that facilitate data transmission between servers, storage systems and communications infrastructure equipment and other embedded systems.
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