Sep. 26, 2014, 5:37 PM
Sep. 24, 2014, 1:40 PM
- Predicting the companies will benefit from a "golden age" for RF components (echoes of recent analyst notes), MKM's Ian Ing has launched coverage on Skyworks (SWKS +2.9%) and RF Micro (RFMD +2.5%) with Buy ratings. His targets are respectively $68 and $15. TriQuint (TQNT +2.7%) is following RF Micro higher.
- Ing expects Skyworks' Panasonic RF filter JV to provide both technology and gross margin benefits, and thinks the company can achieve $5/year in EPS earlier than expected; the FY15 (ends Sep. '15) EPS consensus is currently at $3.93.
- Regarding RF Micro, he likes the company's post-merger revenue synergies with TriQuint, and also its Chinese 4G exposure. "The main risk we see is RFMD's ability to balance post-merger synergies with supply requirements in serving steep OEM ramps."
- Skyworks is making new post-Dot.com bubble highs. RF Micro and TriQuint aren't far removed from post-bubble highs of $12.98 and $21.48.
Sep. 19, 2014, 9:36 AM
- iFixit's teardown of the iPhone 6 Plus turned up five Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) chips, up from the three found in last year's teardown of the 5S and nearly matching the six found in certain Galaxy S5 teardowns.
- In addition to the expected Cat-4 LTE baseband modem, a Qualcomm power management IC, RF transceiver, receive-only chip (needed to enable LTE carrier aggregation), and envelope-tracking IC (relatively new, improves battery life) were found in the 6 Plus.
- In-line with rumors and the company's hints, an InvenSense (NYSE:INVN) motion sensor - specifically, a 6-axis gyroscope/accelerometer - was found. That suggests InvenSense has displaced STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM) as the iPhone's motion sensor supplier.
- Two Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) power amplifier modules are found, including a low-band LTE part. Avago (NASDAQ:AVGO) has both a high-band amplifier module, and an integrated ultra high-band amplifier/FBAR filter module. TriQuint (NASDAQ:TQNT) can claim a 3G amplifier module, and merger partner RF Micro (NASDAQ:RFMD) an antenna switch module.
- Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) appears to remain the iPhone's combo chip supplier (courtesy of a module from partner Murata), and also supplies a touch controller IC. Chipworks thinks Broadcom also has the Wi-Fi slot for the Apple Watch.
- As expected, NXP (NASDAQ:NXPI) is supplying an NFC module and the M8 motion co-processsor, and Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ:CRUS) the audio codec IC. Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) is providing a touch transmitter IC.
- Moving in response: INVN +1.9%. AVGO +1.5%. STM -3.9%.
Sep. 18, 2014, 6:56 PM
- Once their merger officially closes, RF Micro (NASDAQ:RFMD) and TriQuint (NASDAQ:TQNT) will be known as Qorvo, and trade under the symbol QRVO.
- The companies (or their marketing departments) claim the new name "conveys the combined company's ability to deliver the core technologies and innovation that will enable customers to launch their next-generation designs even faster."
- RF Micro and TriQuint shareholders have already approved the all-stock merger, which will result in each investor base owning about half of the post-merger company.
Sep. 3, 2014, 12:16 PM
- Apple suppliers Cirrus Logic (CRUS -3%), GT Advanced (GTAT -5%), Skyworks (SWKS -2.3%), TriQuint (TQNT -2.6%), and RF Micro (RFMD -2.8%) are following Apple lower after Pac Crest recommended investors start taking profits on the tech giant ahead of its Sep. 9 event. Expected iPhone 6 motion sensor supplier InvenSense (INVN -3.3%) is also off.
- GT was hit recently by two downgrades, partly offset by a bullish coverage launch. InvenSense, Skyworks, TriQuint, and RF Micro have all rallied strongly over the last 3 months.
Aug. 29, 2014, 11:03 AM
- Avago (AVGO +8.1%) has received a slew of target hikes after beating FQ3 estimates, reporting strong margins, and issuing healthy FQ4 guidance. RF component peers Skyworks (SWKS +1.6%), RF Micro (RFMD +4.5%), and TriQuint (TQNT +5.2%) are also higher.
- "We believe Street continues to under-appreciate this self-help story where mgmt has a proven record of cutting costs, paying down debt, and executing on multiple secular growth cycles," says BofA/Merrill. Its FY14 and FY15 EPS forecasts have respectively been raised by 20% and 25%.
- Credit Suisse: "Avago's leverage to structural growth drivers including content increases in the Industrials/autos end-mkts and accelerating demand for bandwidth, as well as, product cycles (4G/LTE wireless ramps at Apple and China) should allow the company to outperform peers." The diversification provided by the LSI deal is seen providing "further stability."
- Morgan Stanley expresses "high conviction in management's ability to execute on driving LSI's [operating margin] from 17% to 30% over the next few years," given Avago has doubled its op. margin to 30% since its 2005 LBO.
- On the CC (transcript), CEO Hock Tan mentioned wireless sales are expected to rise over 60% Q/Q thanks to "the ramp of a new phone model and a North American smartphone customer" (a clear iPhone 6 reference). Demand for FBAR filters and related products in 4G phones remains strong.
- Wired infrastructure is expected to grow at a low-single digit rate (switch/router ASIC growth offsetting flat optical component demand), and enterprise storage is expected to see mid-single digit growth excluding the PLX acquisition.
Jul. 25, 2014, 9:13 AM
Jul. 24, 2014, 4:22 PM
- RF Micro (NASDAQ:RFMD) expects FQ2 revenue of $345M and EPS of $0.27, above a consensus of $328.8M and $0.21.
- FQ1 gross margin was 47.1%, +510 bps Q/Q and +1200 bps Y/Y. FQ2 GM is expected to be flat to up 25 bps Q/Q.
- TriQuint (NASDAQ:TQNT) is also up. Shares of both companies initially sold off after TriQuint offered light Q3 guidance (but healthier 2H guidance) yesterday afternoon, but closed higher today.
- FQ1 results, PR
Jul. 24, 2014, 4:02 PM
Jul. 23, 2014, 6:48 PM
- TriQuint (NASDAQ:TQNT) expects Q3 revenue of $255M-$265M and EPS of $0.23-$0.25 vs. a consensus of $277.9M and $0.24.
- However, the RF component maker still expects 2H14 revenue of $550M-$600M. With a Q2 beat in tow, that implies full-year revenue of $958M-$1.008B vs. a $968.6M consensus.
- Q2 gross margin was 41.7%, up from 35.3% in Q1 and 31.3% a year ago, and soundly above guidance of 37%-38%. GM is expected to rise to 43%-45% in Q3, and full-year GM is now expected to top 40%.
- TriQuint says it's seeing strong demand both for 4G base station chips and premium RF filters for smartphones. 50 customers bought premium filters in Q2, and total discrete filter revenue is expected to more than double in 2014.
- RF Micro (NASDAQ:RFMD), whose all-stock merger with TriQuint is set to close later this year, is ticking lower ahead of tomorrow's FQ1 report. Both RF Micro and TriQuint sold off today as part of a broader chip stock rout.
- Q2 results, PR
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Jul. 23, 2014, 12:25 PM
- Among the year's best tech performers, chip stocks are selling off (SOXX -1.8%) on an up day for the Nasdaq following weak numbers from FPGA giant Xilinx (XLNX -14.5%).
- Xilinx missed FQ1 revenue estimates by over $18M, and also guided for FQ2 revenue to be well below consensus. The company blamed the FQ1 shortfall on soft defense and wireless sales. BMO and BofA/Merrill have downgraded Xilinx; the former thinks Xilinx's 28nm share might be peaking.
- Xilinx stated on its CC (transcript) the wireless weakness was mostly due to soft 28nm chip sales to Chinese 4G base station vendors; Chinese 4G rollouts have long been viewed as a catalyst for both Xilinx and Altera (ALTR -4.7%). Aerospace/defense sales were hurt by program timing issues.
- Meanwhile, switch/router vendor Juniper offered light Q3 guidance to go with a Q2 beat. The company noted on its CC (transcript) "market dynamics" for U.S. carriers, including M&A activity, are affecting project rollouts.
- Also: Analog/mixed-signal IC vendor Linear (LLTC -4.1%) is selling off in spite of beating FQ4 estimates and guiding in-line (8%-11% Y/Y FQ1 rev. growth vs. 9.1% consensus).
- Notable decliners: FSL -5.3%. IDTI -6.4%. EZCH -3.3%. PMCS -4.3%. LSCC -6.8%. CAVM -4.7%. SMTC -4.1%. ATML -3.2%. TQNT -3.1%. RFMD -2.9%. IRF -2.9%.
- Qualcomm, NXP, TriQuint, and Cirrus Logic report after the bell.
- Chip ETFs: SMH, XSD, PSI, SOXL, USD, SOXS, SSG
Jul. 21, 2014, 5:38 PM
Jul. 18, 2014, 2:51 PM
- "We believe Skyworks’ (SWKS +13.5%) diverse analog portfolio is enabling content share gains in its handset customer base," writes Canaccord after taking in the RF component giant's FQ3 beat and very strong FQ4 guidance.
- Canaccord thinks the FQ4 outlook is due to a mixture of strong iPhone 6 content share, growing sales of higher dollar-content integrated solutions to Chinese/emerging markets OEMs (gaining Android share), and "growing traction" for the company's non-phone analog IC business.
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi, mobile infrastructure, and embedded products (the proverbial "Internet of Things") are some of the non-mobile RF markets Canaccord sees Skyworks growing its sales to. Needham, for its part, also sees the smart grid, automotive, and medical markets providing a boost.
- On the CC (transcript), CEO David Aldrich declared broader mobile RF demand is benefiting from the need to support a larger number of spectrum bands - Avago (AVGO +4.3%) also benefits from this - as well as growing system complexity (driving a shift towards integrated solutions) and OEM efforts to improve signal performance.
- RF component peers Avago, RF Micro (RFMD +6.7%), TriQuint (TQNT +6.8%), and Resonant (RESN +7%) are outperforming amid a tech rally, as are several other mobile suppliers. INVN +3.9%. HIMX +2.9%. OLED +5.3%. CRUS +2.9%.
Jul. 17, 2014, 5:19 PM
- In addition to beating FQ3 estimates, Skyworks (NASDAQ:SWKS) is guiding for FQ4 revenue of $680M and $1.00, soundly above a consensus of $608.1M and $0.87. The numbers come 6 weeks after Skyworks hiked its FQ3 outlook.
- Gross margin +70 bps Q/Q and +140 bps Y/Y to 45.4%. GAAP opex +11% Y/Y to $115.7M, trailing rev. growth of 35%. 1M shares were repurchased.
- RF Micro (RFMD - reports on July 24) is following Skyworks higher. Merger partner TriQuint (TQNT - reports on July 23) might end up doing the same. Skyworks is once more near a 52-week high of $49.10.
- FQ3 results, PR
Jun. 25, 2014, 6:22 PM
- Black Sand Technologies, based out of Austin, was founded in '05 and has raised $28.2M in funding over its history.
- Notably, the product page on Black Sand's site only shows 3G amplifiers, and the most recent PR on its news page is from 2012. All signs suggest Qualcomm (QCOM) is buying the company to strengthen its power amplifier IP and/or engineering talent, as it encroaches on the turf of established vendors such as Skyworks (SWKS), TriQuint (TQNT), RF Micro (RFMD), and Avago (AVGO) with system-level solutions.
- Qualcomm, estimated to have 64% of the 2013 baseband processor market, made a dramatic entry into the amplifier market last year by announcing an RF front end solution (amplifiers included) that promised superior 3G/4G multi-band support and (via technologies such as envelope tracking) power efficiency. Skyworks, TriQuint, and RF Micro all tumbled following the announcement.
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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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