Aug. 15, 2014, 9:54 AM
- Baird has downgraded OmniVision (OVTI -1.8%) to Neutral a day after the company received a non-binding $29/share buyout offer from a Chinese investor group led by Hua Capital. The firm doesn't think OmniVision, which now trades at $27.67, will see a premium to Hua's offer.
- Yesterday, Needham hiked its target by $5 to $32 in response to the bid. The firm observes chip companies recently acquired by state-owned Chinese entities have seen "an average 5-10% bump from the initial bid." It also thinks a competing offer from a U.S. firm or Chinese entity is possible.
Aug. 14, 2014, 10:21 AM
Aug. 14, 2014, 9:07 AM
- China's Hua Capital has made a "non-binding" offer to acquire OmniVision (NASDAQ:OVTI) for $29/share in cash. The price represents an 18% premium to yesterday's close, and translates into a $1.7B valuation.
- The image sensor vendor says its board is reviewing Hua's proposal, and has made no decision yet.
- Shares are halted.
Jul. 15, 2014, 1:14 PM
- Baird's checks suggest OmniVision (OVTI +1.2%) is regaining lost Chinese smartphone image sensor share.
- The firm adds it sees strong design win activity for OmniVision's high-end PureCel sensors, which the chipmaker asserts offer better low-light performance and lower power draw than prior-gen solutions.
- OmniVision has been battling for Chinese design wins with both traditional rival Sony (ramping image sensor output) and low-end rivals (such as Himax) who are pricing aggressively. Meanwhile, Chinese OEMs have been rapidly grabbing Android phone share.
- Shares are trading higher in spite of a tech selloff.
Jun. 27, 2014, 6:44 PM
- Google (GOOG) is working with LG to bring a tablet supporting Project Tango to market in 2015. Google adds Tango, which use 3D vision to track motion, create visual maps, and enable augmented reality apps, will support the Unreal and Unity game engines, and Qualcomm's Vuforia AR platform.
- Nvidia's (NVDA) Tegra K1 processor (heavy on GPU power) will power the LG tablet. OmniVision (OVTI) should supply the sensors enabling 3D vision. Ahead of the LG launch, Google will provide developers with a $1,024 reference tablet to start building apps. (video)
- Google managed to show a working prototype (of sorts) at I/O for Project Ara, which seeks to enable modular phones whose parts can be mixed and matched on the fly.
- Two near-term challenges: Cutting the amount of space taken up by the parts that enable modularity, and building drivers that can support a wide array of 3rd-party modules. Google previously forecast Ara phones would arrive next January.
- Though it's no Oculus Rift, Google did hand out a cheap virtual reality headset prototype fittingly called Cardboard. The goal of Carboard, which has a companion app, is to get developers to start working on Android VR projects (and thus build a rival ecosystem to Oculus').
- While plenty of products were launched and updated at I/O, two frequently-hyped platforms, Glass and Google+, received scant attention. Google was reported in April to be narrowing Google+'s ambitions. Glass, which just got a small hardware update, is working through PR/image issues ahead of a full commercial launch.
- Google I/O product coverage: I, II, III
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May. 29, 2014, 5:37 PM
May. 29, 2014, 5:31 PM
- OmniVision (OVTI) expects FQ1 revenue of $360M-$400M, far above a $304.9M consensus. EPS guidance of $0.29-$0.49 is largely above a $0.29 consensus.
- The image sensor vendor says it has made "meaningful progress" in its efforts to diversify into new geographies (read: become less dependent on Apple), and to grow its automotive/security product sales.
- Gross margin rose 50 bps Q/Q and 260 bps Y/Y in FQ4 to 20.1% thanks to sales of "newer and lower cost products." GAAP opex rose 12% Y/Y to $52.4M.
- OmniVision, which currently has a market cap of $1.34B, ended FQ4 with $450.9M in cash and just $35.8M in debt. The company doesn't yet pay a dividend.
- FQ4 results, PR
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May. 23, 2014, 10:09 AM
- TechCrunch reports Google (GOOG - unchanged) is close to buying satellite imagery startup Skybox Imaging; a source estimates the price is around $1B.
- The Information reported of Google's interest in Skybox in April. Aside from providing high-res imagery that could bolster Google Maps/Earth, Skybox provides related analytics services aimed at enterprises/institutions.
- TechCrunch observes Skybox currently relies on just one satellite, and needs more funding as it gets set to launch a second one in June. The company recently placed an order for 13 small satellites.
- DigitalGlobe (DGI +0.3%), which sold off when The Information's report came out, is taking the TechCrunch report in stride. The company is a major imagery supplier for Maps/Earth.
- Separately, the WSJ reports Google's Project Tango, launched as an effort to create Android phones able to track motion and provide 3D visual maps of one's surroundings, now extends to tablets.
- A 7" prototype tablet sporting "two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise [3D] images of objects" is said to be on tap. There's a good chance OmniVision (OVTI +1.1%), already a Tango partner, is the image sensor supplier.
Feb. 28, 2014, 9:14 AM
Feb. 27, 2014, 5:38 PM
Feb. 27, 2014, 5:06 PM
- OmniVision (OVTI) expects FQ4 revenue of $275M-$305M and EPS of $0.19-$0.35, in-line with a consensus of $284.3M and $0.22. With a long line of mobile chipmakers having guided light (those with strong Apple exposure have been especially hard-hit), the forecast is going over well.
- In spite of a 17% Y/Y rev. drop, gross margin rose 270 bps Y/Y in FQ3 to 19.6%; that contributed to OmniVision's huge EPS beat. FQ4 EPS guidance points to continued margin strength.
- Opex rose 7% Y/Y to $51.3M, thanks to a 13% increase in R&D spend to $30.9M. OmniVision says its new PureCel image sensors (meant for high-end smartphones/tablets) are "gaining traction."
- FQ3 results, PR
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