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June 9, 2014
10:38 EDTHITT, ADIHittite Microwave, Analog Devices both rise following merger
Hittite Microwave (HITT) shares are sharply higher this morning after Analog Devices (ADI) agreed to acquire the company for $78 per share in cash. Analog Devices is engaged in the design, manufacture and marketing of a range of analog, mixed-signal and digital signal processing integrated circuits, while Hittite designs and develops integrated circuits, modules, subsystems and instrumentation for radio frequency microwave and millimeterwave applications. WHAT'S NEW: Analog Devices said it would buy Hittite Microwave for $78 per share in cash in a deal that reflects an enterprise value of approximately $2B. Analog Devices said it will fund the deal through cash on hand and short-term debt financing and that both companies' boards of directors have approved the transaction. The deal, which is anticipated to close near the end of ADI's Q3, is expected to be accretive to ADI's non-GAAP earnings per share. ADI President and CEO Vincent Roche commented that "Hittite’s strength in RF, microwave, and millimeter wave technology complements ADI’s RF and signal conversion expertise." On an investor presentation discussing the deal, ADI said that the deal will be accretive to gross margins and operating profits. ADI is expected to launch a tender offer for Hittite in approximately 10 business days. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analog Devices also backed its third quarter adjusted EPS guidance of 60c-64c excluding items and revenue growth of 1%-5%. The consensus forecast of analysts prior to the report was 63c and $716.09M, respectively. PRICE ACTION: Hittite Microwave shares rose 28.7% to $77.96 and Analog Devices advanced 5.9% to $55.77 in mid-morning trading.
News For ADI;HITT From The Last 14 Days
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November 24, 2015
09:49 EDTADIAnalog Devices moves higher after results
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09:24 EDTADIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Baozun (BZUN), up 7.3%... Analog Devices (ADI), up 4.3%. ALSO HIGHER: Boulder Brands (BDBD), up 8.4% after Pinnacle Foods (PF) announced that it will acquire the company for $11.00 per share... Sunedison (SUNE), up 18% after the Economic Times reported that the company plans place 400MW of upcoming solar capacity on sale... Avon Products (AVP), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Valeant (VRX), up 2.1% after Pershing Square increases stake in the company to 9.9%... Xerox (XRX), up 2.3% after Carl Icahn reported a 7.13% stake in the company. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Signet Jewelers (SIG), down 6.2%... Tiffany (TIF), down 2.9%... Brocade Communications (BRCD), down 7.2%. ALSO LOWER: UniPixel (UNXL), down 44.6% after the company prices a common stock and warrant offering... U.S. Steel (X), down 4% after announcing that it will idle its Granite City Works operations.
08:04 EDTADIAnalog Devices sees Q1 adjusted EPS 65c-73c, consensus 71c
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08:04 EDTADIAnalog Devices reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.03, consensus 83c
Reports Q4 revenue $978.72M, consensus $909.98M.
November 23, 2015
15:28 EDTADINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 83c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 69c... Dollar Tree (DLTR), consensus 53c... Campbell Soup (CPB), consensus 76c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus 39c... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 75c... Valspar (VAL), consensus $1.31... Patterson Companies (PDCO), consensus 60c... Eaton Vance (EV), consensus 59c...Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 23c... Cracker Barrel (CBRL), consensus $1.59.
14:29 EDTADIAnalog Devices volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
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November 17, 2015
10:33 EDTADICiti says Xilinx, not Maxim, likely to be acquired
According to Citi, analog chip maker Maxim Semiconductor (MXIM) probably won't be acquired, despite Bloomberg reports which stated that Texas Instruments (TXN) and Analog Devices (ADI) had held talks about potentially buying the company. The firm sees Xilinx (XLNX) as the only large cap chip maker remaining that has "all of the attributes of a good takeover target." WHAT'S NEW: The only two companies capable of buying Maxim are Texas Instruments and Analog Devices, Citi analyst Christopher Danely wrote in a note to investors today. However, Maxim's valuation is too high for Texas Instruments and the deal would be too big for Analog Devices, the analyst stated. However, Xilinx is a potential takeover target, partly due to its high margins, a size large enough that it could impact an acquirer's profits and its cost cutting opportunities, Danely stated. One potential acquirer of Xilinx is Qualcomm (QCOM), which has suggested that it could be interested in M&A opportunities in the future, the analyst wrote. Despite his belief that Xilinx could be acquired, Danely kept a Neutral rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On October 14, Bloomberg reported that Analog Devices and Maxim were in merger talks. On October 28, the news service reported that Texas Instruments was in talks about buying Maxim. According to Bloomberg, Maxim was working with a bank on a strategic review before it was approached by Analog Devices. Maxim may not want to sell itself unless it receives a large premium, the news service stated. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Maxim was flat near $38.86 per share, while Xilinx gained 1.5% to $47.83.
08:54 EDTADIMaxim could be bidder for Fairchild, says Citi
Citi analyst Atif Malik views Maxim Integrated (MXIM) as a potential acquirer Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS). Bloomberg on October 13 reported that Fairchild was seeking advice for a potential sale, and listed potential acquirers as STMicroelectronics (STM), Infineon (IFNNY) and ON Semiconductor (ON). Bids from STM and ON seem unlikely, but Infineon and Maxim could be potential acquirers of Fairchild, Malik tells investors in a research note. In a bull case scenario, Fairchild's buyout value could reach $25 per share, the analyst contends. Fairchild closed yesterday at $17.76. Malik's peer at Citi, analyst Christopher Danely, argued today in research note that Maxim Integrated (MXIM) is unlikely to get acquired despite reports of interest from Analog Devices (ADI) and Texas Instruments (TXN). Danely views Xilinx (XLNX) as a potential takeout target, potentially for Qualcomm (QCOM).
08:37 EDTADICiti sees Xilinx, not Maxim, as potential takeout candidate
Citi analyst Christopher Danely says he does not expect Maxim Integrated (MXIM) to get acquired despite reports of interest from Analog Devices (ADI) and Texas Instruments (TXN). Xilinx (XLNX) is the only large-cap semiconductor company left with "all of the attributes of a good takeover target," Danely tells investors in a research note. He believes Xilinx management could be willing sellers at the right price, and points out Qualcomm (QCOM) has a history of doing deals. Xilinx could make a good candidate for Qualcomm, Danely contends.
November 16, 2015
10:25 EDTADIUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.
November 10, 2015
13:33 EDTADIApple, suppliers fall after analyst calls out reduced iPhone component orders
Apple (AAPL) shares, as well as those of a number of its chip suppliers, are dropping following a bearish note by Credit Suisse, whose checks pointed to reduced iPhone component orders heading into 2016. DECLINING IPHONE ORDERS: Following checks on Apple's Asian supply chain over the weekend, Credit Suisse analyst John Pitzer and his team cut estimates for iPhone shipments going forward into 2016. The research firm now sees first quarter units down 10.4% year-over-year to just 55M, and calendar year 2016 unit shipments down 5.5% to 222M. The team had previously forecast a respective 63M and 242M for those periods, but cut expectations in the face of apparently reduced supplier orders from Apple for the iPhone 6s. Credit Suisse notes that chip suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS). Already cautious on Apple and other smartphone plays, the research firm reiterated its bearish view on the sector due to high market penetration, saying it instead prefers chip names levered to industrial, auto, and infrastructure applications, such as Linear Technology (LLTC), Maxim (MXIM), Cypress (CY) and ON Semiconductor (ON). IVES SAYS BUY: The Credit Suisse research note comes on the heels of a more bullish take by FBR yesterday, with the firm's Daniel Ives saying many investors "are not seeing the forest through the trees" when it comes to Apple. He characterized supply chain worries as "chatter" and lackluster Apple Watch sales as "bumps in the roads." More important, said Ives, is the "major inflection point period" which the company is entering, with streaming TV, iPad Pro, the $100B iPhone market opportunity in China, and a "blockbuster" iPhone 7 all approaching on the horizon, leading Ives to reiterate an Outperform rating and $175 price target on the shares. SUPPLIER PRICE ACTION: Despite FBR's confidence in Apple, smartphone component suppliers moved broadly lower after Tuesday's note from the Credit Suisse team. Avago has declined 3.8% to $121.67, while Broadcom, Skyworks (SWKS), and Qorvo (QRVO) lost a respective 2.1%, 5.1%, and 4.2%. Meanwhile, Apple shares are down 3.3% to $116.63.

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