Dec. 15, 2014, 5:01 PM
- James A. Clifford, until now RF Micro's (NASDAQ:RFMD) VP of global sourcing and foundry tech, has been hired by AMD to be its SVP of global operations. The job puts him in charge of "all aspects of AMD's end-to-end manufacturing and supply chain strategy."
- Clifford, 69, spent less than two years at RF Micro. He previously spent 17 years in executive roles at Qualcomm, and 20 before that at Unisys.
- The appointment comes two months after AMD named Lisa Su, who for a short while was the chipmaker's COO, its CEO. AMD hasn't named a COO to replace Su.
Dec. 15, 2014, 11:01 AM
- Citing valuation, D.A. Davidson has downgraded RF Micro (RFMD -3.8%) and TriQuint (TQNT -3.8%), soon to jointly be known as Qorvo, to Neutral. Its targets are respectively $16 and $27.
- RF Micro is up 156%, and TriQuint is up 170%, since the RF component vendors announced their "merger of equals" on Feb. 24.
Dec. 4, 2014, 12:14 PM
- Avago (AVGO +7.7%) has soared above $100 after beating FQ4 estimates, reporting a stronger-than-expected gross margin, and providing above-consensus FQ1 guidance.
- RF component peers Skyworks (SWKS +4.2%), RF Micro (RFMD +3.9%), and TriQuint (TQNT +4%) are also up, as is fellow iPhone supplier Cirrus Logic (CRUS +2.6%). Cirrus recently sold off after Deutsche cut its calendar Q1 iPhone production forecast.
- On its CC (transcript), Avago noted wireless growth (+73% Q/Q and +83% Y/Y) was "largely driven by the ramp of a new smartphone generation and a large North American smartphone OEM" (undoubtedly Apple).
- Avago added it also saw strong demand for FBAR filter-related products (gaining share due to 4G RF requirements) elsewhere, with demand from Chinese 4G phone OEMs particularly strong. Over 80% of wireless revenue is now FBAR-related.
- Avago expects wireless revenue to be "flat to perhaps slightly down" Q/Q in seasonally weak FQ1, with strong demand from Apple (referred to once more as "a large North American smartphone OEM") offsetting seasonal declines elsewhere. The company notes it remains "very capacity-constrained," and has been making investments to deal with the issue.
- At least 10 sell-side firms have hiked their targets.
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- Skyworks (SWKS -3.7%) has received at least seven target hikes since delivering above-consensus FQ1 guidance yesterday afternoon and upping its dividend. But shares are nonetheless seeing profit-taking following a huge 2014 rally. Peers RF Micro (RFMD -4.4%), TriQuint (TQNT -4.1%), and Avago (AVGO -3%), each of which has also fared well this year, are also selling off.
- Needham (target hiked to $70) notes FQ4 results benefited from "broad-based demand drivers including content gains at multiple smartphone OEMs, the LTE ramp in China, the 3G upgrade cycle in emerging markets, multi-stream 802.11ac [Wi-Fi] deployments and [high-power amplifier] penetration across multiple vertical end markets." It also observes management "expects revenue will continue to grow at a rate faster than the industry in F1Q15 and FY15 overall."
- Oppenheimer declares the RF component boom cycle to be in its early innings. Pac Crest thinks Skyworks' Apple sales are offsetting Samsung weakness, and is upbeat about strong non-mobile demand. "Channels remain lean and inventory build suggests good multi-quarter visibility," says BofA/Merrill.
- Shares currently go for 14x the pre-earnings FY15 (ends Sep. '15) EPS consensus exc. net cash; the consensus should go up post-earnings.
Oct. 31, 2014, 11:31 AM
- Three weeks after providing a calendar Q3 warning that triggered a massive chip stock rout, Microchip (MCHP +7.3%) has provided Q4 guidance that's in-line with lowered estimates. The microcontroller vendor, which has often seen trends emerge ahead of peers, also said it saw most of its inventory correction in Q3, and expects Q4 sales to be just "slightly below typical seasonal levels."
- Chip stocks are up strongly (SOXX +4%) on a day the Nasdaq is up 1.4%. Since Microchip's warning, a slew of analog chipmakers and microcontroller firms (e.g. Atmel, Freescale, STMicro, Intersil, Linear) have offered light Q4 guidance, and other firms have reported seeing high-end Android weakness (e.g. Synaptics, Cirrus Logic, Amkor).
- On the other hand, several mobile chipmakers (Skyworks, RF Micro, TriQuint, Silicon Motion), some of which have decent iPhone exposure, have provided strong results and/or guidance. Other chipmakers, such as Broadcom, Texas Instruments, and Xilinx, have rallied after delivering in-line guidance.
- Susquehanna's Chris Caso: "By now, we think it’s clear that the weakness MCHP saw in September is not company specific ... The question now is if the full extent of the weakness has been dialed into estimates. If it has, then this would be among the shortest and mildest downturns in many years."
- Notable gainers: SNDK +3.9%. MU +4.1%. AMAT +3.9%. TXN +4.7%. NXPI +3.9%. NVDA +3.5%. MXIM +4.7%. LLTC +5.1%. FCS +9.6%. FSL +8.8%. ADI +6.5%. TQNT +6.8%. RFMD +6.5%. ATML +5.9%. AVGO +5.1%. MRVL +4.7%. AMCC +8.9%. BRCM +3.6%. TSM +4.4%. ARMH +3.3%.
- Intel (INTC +3.5%) has recovered most of the losses it saw yesterday due to Intesil's (ISIL +3.3%) results and guidance, and related comments about a PC chip inventory correction.
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
Oct. 29, 2014, 7:14 PM
- In addition to trouncing FQ2 estimates, RF Micro (NASDAQ:RFMD) has guided for FQ3 revenue of $385M and EPS of $0.33, above a consensus of $357M and $0.28.
- Nonetheless, shares are down 0.8% AH, after rising 9% in regular trading due to TriQuint's (NASDAQ:TQNT) results and guidance. Strong iPhone-related sales and rising 4G phone shipments (they carry higher RF chip content) appear to be giving a lift to both companies ahead of their merger. TriQuint is down 1% after rising 9.6% in regular trading.
- Gross margin rose to 48% in FQ2 from 47.1% in FQ1 and 36.2% a year ago. GAAP costs/expenses fell 5% Y/Y to $287.4M.
- FQ2 results, PR
Oct. 29, 2014, 4:02 PM
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Oct. 28, 2014, 4:28 PM
- TriQuint (NASDAQ:TQNT) expects Q4 revenue of $330M-$340M and EPS of $0.40-$0.45, well above a consensus of $313.9M and $0.35.
- The company adds it's "fully booked to the midpoint of revenue guidance." Strong iPhone-related orders are likely helping.
- Q3 gross margin was 46.6%, up from 41.7% in Q2 and 38% a year ago; a GM of 46%-48% is expected in Q4. Opex rose 9% Y/Y to $74.7M.
- Merger partner RF Micro (NASDAQ:RFMD) is following TriQuint higher ahead of tomorrow's FQ2 report.
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Oct. 20, 2014, 5:21 PM
- iPhone suppliers are trading higher after Apple beat FQ4 estimates and issued FQ1 guidance that was mostly above consensus. FQ4 iPhone sales of 39.3M were better than expected, and iPad sales of 12.3M worse than expected.
- Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS) +1.4% AH. Avago (NASDAQ:AVGO) +1.2%. Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) +1.2%. RF Micro (NASDAQ:RFMD) +2.4%. NXP (NASDAQ:NXPI) +2%.
Oct. 14, 2014, 9:33 AM
- Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) expects FQ4 (Sep. quarter) revenue of $718M and EPS of $1.08, above a consensus of $679.5M and $1.01. Full FQ4 results arrive on Nov. 6.
- The RF component maker also hiked its FQ3 guidance in June. Strong iPhone 6-related demand may have contributed to the latest hike, given recent reports.
- Peers are also up strongly amid a higher open for equities: RFMD +5.5%. TQNT +5.3%. AVGO +3%. Like other chip stocks, the group sold off on Friday following Microchip's warning.
Oct. 14, 2014, 9:15 AM
Oct. 10, 2014, 9:59 AM
- Microchip's (MCHP -12.5%) calendar Q3 warning, which was accompanied by a declaration that it believes "another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future," is taking a heavy toll on chip stocks (SOXX -5.5%).
- Intel (INTC -4.2%) and many other chipmakers have joined the several firms that sold off AH yesterday in going in the same direction as Microchip: MU -5.8%. FSL -8.5%. BRCM -3.6%. SWKS -7.5%. RFMD -6.2%. XLNX -4.9%. MXIM -5%. AMBA -5.5%. IDTI -6.7%. CAVM -7.4%. AVGO -10.2%. SMTC -4.3%. SYNA -4.1%. POWI -6.9%.
- Chip equipment makers are also getting hit: AMAT -3.5%. KLAC -3.3%. LRCX -2.3%. UTEK -2.5%. KLIC -2%.
- As Microchip noted in yesterday's warning, the company's very diversified customer base, together with its recognition of distributor revenue on a customer sell-through basis rather than a distributor sell-in basis, often allow it to see industry changes before peers.
- The microcontroller vendor added its warning was driven by a September decline in sales to Chinese clients, and observed it has typically "returned to sequential revenue growth after two quarters" during past downturns.
- Chip stocks have had a good run over the last 12 months, aided by healthy mobile demand and the industry's consolidation wave.
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Qorvo Inc is a provider of technologies and RF solutions for mobile, infrastructure and aerospace/defense applications. Its products include amplifiers, frequency duplexers, modules and among others.
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