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August 5, 2014
07:49 EDTMCHP, NVDA, QCOM, AMD, MU, INTC, MRVL, TXNSemiconductor sales up 11% in first half, on track for new record, WSJ says
The Semiconductor Industry Association says global semiconductor sales totaled $82.7B in Q2, up 10.8% over the same period of last year, bringing the increase in sales in the first six months to 11.1% over last year, reported The Wall Street Journal. The report noted that World Semiconductor Trade Statistics had previously increased its projection for 2014 revenue growth to 6.5% and that Brian Toohey, SIA's president and chief executive, said the industry is "on pace to beat even the revised forecast." Publicly traded companies semiconductor makers include Intel (INTC), Marvell (MRVL), Microchip Technology (MCHP), Micron (MU), NVIDIA (NVDA), Qualcomm (QCOM), AMD (AMD) and Texas Instruments (TXN). Reference Link
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July 22, 2015
16:36 EDTTXNTexas Instruments notes weak demand in communications equipment
The company commented on Q2: "Revenue declined 2% year over year, inclusive of notably weak demand in communications equipment and continued strong demand in automotive. Even so, our core businesses of Analog and Embedded Processing, together, grew slightly year over year and comprised 85% of second-quarter revenue. Analog delivered its eighth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth. Gross margin of 58.2% was up 1 percentage point from a year ago, reflecting the diversity and longevity of our product portfolio, as well as the efficiency of our manufacturing strategy"
16:33 EDTTXNTexas Instruments sees Q3 EPS 62c-72c, consensus 75c
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16:31 EDTTXNTexas Instruments reports Q2 EPS 65c, consensus 65c
Reports Q2 revenue $3.23B, consensus $3.26B.
16:09 EDTQCOMQualcomm provides details of Strategic Realignment Plan
The details of the Qualcomm Strategic Realignment Plan are as follows: 1) Aggressively right-sizing the cost structure to deliver profitable growth. Qualcomm is implementing a comprehensive cost reduction action to reduce annual costs from its fiscal 2015 levels of $7.3 billion (adjusted for variable compensation) by approximately $1.1 billion through a series of targeted reductions that will not jeopardize the Company's growth objectives or core technology roadmap. These cost initiatives include reductions in headcount and temporary workforce, streamlining the engineering organization, reducing the number of offices and increasing the mix of resources in lower-cost regions. The Company is also reducing annual share-based compensation grants by approximately $300 million. While these specific cost initiatives are expected to be fully implemented by the end of fiscal year 2016, the Company will continue to examine its cost structure for additional efficiencies that enhance profitability without sacrificing its future growth potential. 2) Initiating new review of financial and structural alternatives available to create stockholder value. In light of recent industry developments and other elements of the Strategic Realignment Plan, Qualcomm's Board and management, with the assistance of outside financial advisors, are conducting a review of the Company's corporate structure (including possible business separation alternatives), capital return opportunities and other potential strategic and financial alternatives available to the Company to create stockholder value. The Company does not expect to publicly comment on this review prior to its completion, which is expected to occur by the end of the calendar year. 3) Reaffirming intent to return significant capital to stockholders. A strong balance sheet and regulatory resolution in China have provided Qualcomm the flexibility to significantly increase its capital returns to stockholders and execute the largest capital returns program in Company history. Qualcomm is committed to continuing to return a minimum of 75% of free cash flow to stockholders through dividends and repurchases going forward, in addition to the previously announced $10 billion stock repurchase program to be completed by March 2016. Changes to the capital return program will be considered as part of the Board and management's review of financial and structural alternatives. 4) Adding new Directors with complementary skill sets while reducing the average tenure of the Board of Directors. Mark McLaughlin and Tony Vinciquerra have been added to the Board and the Company plans to appoint one additional independent director. These directors bring skills and perspectives that will be helpful to the Company as it implements its Strategic Realignment Plan. The Company is also reducing the average tenure of the Board of Directors. General Brent Scowcroft and Duane Nelles have retired from the Board. Sir Donald Cruickshank had previously informed the Company that he will not stand for re-election to the Board in 2016. Raymond Dittamore has advised the Company that, assuming he is re-elected to the Board at the Company's 2016 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, he does not intend to stand for re-election in 2017. 5) Further aligning executive compensation with performance and stockholder return objectives. The Board plans to change Qualcomm's executive compensation program by adding an additional returns-based metric for performance-based equity awards and taking share-based compensation provided to the Company's executives and other employees into account when calculating earnings per share for use in determining executives' annual cash bonuses. 6) Disciplined investment to further leadership positions and drive growth while delivering attractive returns. The Company intends to focus its investments in technologies that scale across core smartphone and adjacent growth opportunities, such as in its leading modem and other differentiated technologies. Qualcomm is reducing its investments outside of QTL and QCT and will focus these investments around the highest-return opportunities, including data centers, small cells and certain IoE verticals.
16:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm lowers FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.50-$4.70 from $4.60-$5.00
FY15 consensus $4.79. Lowers FY15 revenue view to $24.5B-$25.5B from $25B-$27B, consensus $25.95B.
16:04 EDTQCOMQualcomm sees Q4 adjusted EPS 75c-95c, consensus $1.08
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16:03 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces strategic realignment plan
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16:01 EDTQCOMQualcomm reports Q3 adjusted EPS 99c, consensus 95c
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15:26 EDTTXN, QCOMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 95... American Express (AXP), consensus $1.32... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 65c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 61c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.06... Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.32... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus $1.11... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 33c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.56... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 54c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus (12c)... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.60... United Rentals (URI), consensus $1.74... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 9c... LaSalle Hotel (LHO), consensus 89c... Oceaneering International (OII), consensus 68c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 62c.
15:02 EDTMUOptions Update; July 22, 2015
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14:51 EDTTXN, INTC, QCOM, MCHP, AMDEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
14:14 EDTTXNEarnings Watch: TI upgraded at UBS, Raymond James since last report
Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30PM EDT. Texas Instruments is a global semiconductor manufacturer operating in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless and Other. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 65c on revenue of $3.26B. The consensus range is 64c-68c on revenue of $3.25B-$3.31B, according to First Call. In its previous earnings release, Texas Instruments said it expected Q2 EPS of 60c-70c on revenue of $3.12B-$3.38B. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Texas Instruments reported Q1 earnings per share of 61c, falling just short of the consensus 62c forecast. Its Q1 revenue was $3.15B, below the consensus forecast of $3.2B. NEWS: Less than one week after reporting Q1 earnings, Texas Instruments announced that it was working with SIGFOX to increase IoT deployments using the Sub-1 GHz spectrum. On June 18, Texas Instruments named Janet Clark to its board of directors, which was made effective on July 15. Clark, who spent the first 20 years of her career in investment banking and financial consulting before serving as CFO at several energy companies, most recently spent a decade at Marathon Oil (MRO). STREET RESEARCH: On the day after TI's last earnings report, Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock to Neutral and lowered its price target to $59 from $62. The firm said 2015 sales growth will substantially decelerate and noted it expected shares to remain range-bound until visibility returns. Four days later, Raymond James upgraded Texas Instruments to Strong Buy with a $62 price target. The firm said at the time that the recent pullback in shares provided positive risk/reward given the company's dominant share in analog, high free cash flow and strong channel relationships. On July 20, UBS upgraded Texas Instruments to Buy from Neutral since its proprietary model suggested that the company's Q2 revenues should beat consensus by 2%. The firm said with the recent pullback, expectations for bad news and evidence of stable demand its Q2 revenue beat should surprise the Street view. UBS maintained its $55 price target on Texas Instruments shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Texas Instruments shares were down 2% at $49.24. Over the last three months, TI shares have dropped about 16%.
12:35 EDTTXN, MCHPAnalog chip makers fall after Linear cites weak end market demand
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11:00 EDTTXNTexas Instruments technical notes ahead of earnings
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10:45 EDTQCOMQualcomm technical notes ahead of results
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10:21 EDTMUTsinghua 'sounding out' Micron interest in deal, to make $23B bid, Nikkei says
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09:48 EDTTXNTexas Instruments retesting recent low, levels to watch
The shares are at $48.48 at time of writing, close to the low of July 9th at $48.09. On a breakdown below that low, next support would be at $47.53. Resistance is at $49.32, the 10-day moving average.
06:15 EDTINTCGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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05:55 EDTMUDRAMeXchange: DRAM prices to fall further, DigiTimes says
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05:55 EDTQCOMQualcomm to cooperate with Microsoft, Allwinner in mobile market, DigiTimes says
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to ramp up its penetration in the entry-level mobile device market by cooperating with Microsoft (MSFT) to launch low-cost Windows Mobile 10 products, reports DigiTimes Research. Qualcomm is also expected to cooperate with Allwinner Technology to launch 3G/4G solutions for connected tablets. Reference Link
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