Wed, Jul. 15, 5:19 PM
- Intel (up 2.4% AH) beat Q2 estimates and provided better-than-expected Q3 and full-year guidance. The chip giant reported a 14% Y/Y drop in PC/mobile CPU division sales, and a 10% increase in server CPU division sales.
- Various names with PC and/or server exposure are following Intel higher. HP (NYSE:HPQ) +1.2% AH. Micron (NASDAQ:MU) +2.2%. AMD +2%. Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) +1.3%. Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX) +1%.
- Micron fell 3.7% in regular trading, after having surged yesterday on a WSJ report about a buyout offer from China's Tsinghua Unigroup. John McCain let it be known today he isn't thrilled with the idea of a Chinese company acquiring "the last major American manufacturer of memory chips."
- AMD is 9 days removed from plunging on account of a Q2 warning. The Intel rival's Q2 report arrives tomorrow.
Thu, Jul. 9, 10:04 AM
- InfiniBand/Ethernet server connectivity hardware and chip developer Mellanox (NASDAQ:MLNX) and Fibre Channel/Ethernet switch vendor Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD) are selling off after QLogic (down 20.9%) issued a major FQ1 (June quarter) warning.
- QLogic blamed weak enterprise server/storage demand and an OEM inventory buildup caused by "a slower next-generation server transition in enterprise environments." The latter is an apparent reference to Intel's Grantley Xeon server CPU platform, which has acted as a tailwind for Mellanox.
- Mellanox reports on July 22. Given its historical reporting, Brocade should report next month.
Tue, Jun. 16, 5:38 PM
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).
Tue, Apr. 21, 7:06 AM
Wed, Apr. 15, 2:32 PM
- InfiniBand and Ethernet adapter/switch/controller vendor Mellanox (MLNX +4.8%) is up strongly after Intel reported 19% Y/Y server CPU division growth. Fibre Channel and Ethernet adapter/switch/controller vendor QLogic (QLGC +2.4%) is also having a good day.
- On its CC (transcript), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) stated its Grantley Xeon E5 CPUs (launched last September, used in HPC deployments featuring Mellanox hardware) now account for over half of its 2-socket server CPU volume. Not surprisingly, the company also reported seeing strong cloud and telco server CPU demand.
- Mellanox reports on April 21. QLogic hasn't set a calendar Q1 earnings date yet.
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.
Thu, Jan. 29, 9:12 AM
Wed, Jan. 28, 5:35 PM
Wed, Jan. 28, 5:26 PM
- 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
Wed, Jan. 28, 4:09 PM
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.
Nov. 12, 2014, 9:18 AM
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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.
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