Nov. 26, 2014, 2:52 PM
- Chip stocks are outperforming after Analog Devices (ADI +5.2%) beat FQ4 estimates and offered in-line FQ1 guidance. The Philadelphia Semi Index (SOXX +1.9%) has made new highs.
- Notable gainers include many analog/mixed-signal and telecom IC firms: TXN +3%. LLTC +2.7%. SMTC +3.1%. ISIL +3.3%. SWKS +3.7%. AVGO +2.9%. OVTI +3.2%. FSL +3.1%. EZCH +2.5%. XLNX +2.3%. ALTR +2.1%. MX +4.3%. PMCS +2.7%. BRCM +2%.
- On its CC (transcript), ADI noted its telecom equipment chip sales are holding up well in spite of weak capex, aided by the fact its dollar content for 4G base stations is "at least 20% to 30% better" than for 3G base stations. The company also mentioned its lead times were stable in FQ4.
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Aug. 28, 2014, 5:21 PM
- OmniVision (NASDAQ:OVTI) is guiding for FQ2 revenue of $360M-$390M and EPS of $0.43-$0.59, in-line with a consensus of $374.5M and $0.49.
- FQ1 gross margin was 21.7%, up from 20.1% in FQ4 and 17.4% a year ago. GAAP opex +17% Y/Y to $56.3M. Cash/short-term investments rose by $73.2M Q/Q to $524.2M (compares with a market cap of $1.6B).
- Both mobile and automotive demand fueled the FQ1 beat. OmniVision says it's "ramping up multiple members" of its high-end PureCel image sensors for mobile clients.
- No update is given in the earnings release on OmniVision's review of a $29/share non-binding offer from a Chinese group led by Hua Capital. Shares are at $27.73 AH.
- FQ1 results, PR
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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, 5:31 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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