|January 16, 2014|
|08:37 EDT||MLNX, AVGO||ITC rules Mellanox did not infringe Avago's VCSEL Driver patent|
Mellanox (MLNX) announced that on December 13, 2013, the Administrative Law Judge of the U.S. International Trade commission found that Mellanox’s production and sale of its Active Optical Cable products do not infringe Avago’s (AVGO) U.S. Patent Number 5,596,456, directed to a VCSEL driver, which was asserted against Mellanox by Avago in an ITC complaint filed in September 2012. In the investigation, Avago sought a ruling that the IPtronics’ drivers utilized in active optical cable products infringed the ‘456 patent The ALJ did make a finding, however, that certain Mellanox products that contain a particular type of vertical cavity surface emitting laser do infringe another of Avago’s patents, US Patent No. 5,596,595, directed to a VCSEL. Mellanox has asked the ITC to review this initial finding. The final determination on this issue is not expected until mid-April. The VCSELs in the products at issue are supplied to Mellanox by third parties. The proceedings and final resolution of the issues raised by Avago in the ITC are not currently expected to impact Mellanox’s current or planned product offerings or have a material adverse effect on the company’s business, financial position, results of operations or cash flow.
News For MLNX;AVGO From The Last 14 Days
|October 1, 2015|
|09:20 EDT||MLNX||On The Fly: Pre-market Movers |
HIGHER: XOMA (XOMA), up 55.7% after announcing an agreement for anti-TGFb program with Novartis (NVS)... Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up 10.6% after announcing additional clinical efficacy and safety data from the company's Phase IIb program of eteplirsen... Huntsman (HUN), up 3.8% after announcing a $150M share repurchase program... Mellanox (MLNX), up 3.2% after raising third quarter revenue guidance. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: McCormick (MKC), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Capstone Turbine (CPST), down 26.5% after announcing that its preliminary second quarter earnings were notably below management's expectations and analysts' consensus estimates... Concho Resources (CXO), down 3.9% after 7.7M share Spot Secondary priced at $92.50... AGCO (AGCO), down 3.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS.
|08:21 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox guidance shows story still intact, says Summit Research|
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury says this morning's Q3 guidance from Mellanox (MLNX) will assure investors that the story is still intact. The stock sold off yesterday following the EZchip (EZCH) acquisition on the fears that the company might have fallen short of expectations on the revenue side, Nandury tells investors in a research note. He reiterates a Buy rating on Mellanox with a $65 price target.
|07:32 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox Technologies raises Q3 revenue view to $169M-$171M from $165M-$170M|
Consensus $167.91M. The company believes that it is tracking to mid-point or better of its previous guidance for non-GAAP gross margins. Non-GAAP operating expenses for the quarter are expected to increase towards the higher end of the company's earlier guidance. Mellanox (MLNX) has decided to update its guidance after its announcement that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire EZchip (EZCH).
|06:06 EDT||MLNX||EZchip downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital|
Brean Capital analyst Mike Burton downgraded EZchip Semiconductor (EZCH) citing the takeover by Mellanox (MLNX) for $25.50 per share. Burton does not rule out a higher competing bid for EZchip, but does not see such an event as the most likely scenario.
|September 30, 2015|
|16:34 EDT||MLNX||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday|
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher in the last day of the third quarter, but not by nearly enough to turn any of the major averages positive on a quarterly basis. The Dow ended the quarter with a loss of about 7.6%, the Nasdaq slid 7.4% and the S&P has lost 7% in the last three months. Investors hope the fourth quarter will be more profitable and the non-farm payrolls report for September and the kickoff of earnings season, which are both on the near-term horizon, will certainly have a say in whether that is the case. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll processor ADP reported that 200,000 jobs were added this month, topping expectations for 190,000 job additions. The Chicago PMI business barometer index fell to 48.7 in September, missing expectations for a reading of 53.6. Additionally, the Senate passed a continuing resolution, officially funding the government through December 11. In China, important data, including manufacturing PMIs and Caixin readings, will be released overnight, but Chinese markets will be closed for "Golden Week" from October 1 to October 7. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Gap (GPS) and Ralph Lauren (RL) moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. Stefan Larsson will step down as global president of Old Navy in order to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren, replacing the man who founded the company that bears his name. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell 5.69% to $28.50 in the wake of the executive shake-up, while Ralph Lauren shares advanced 13.56% to $118.16... Re/code's Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner reported, citing sources, that Twitter (TWTR) founder and interim CEO Jack Dorsey is set to be named permanent Chief Executive, possibly as soon as Thursday. Re/code noted that Dorsey will remain as CEO of Square, the payments company he also founded, and that the company is likely to reconfigure its board of directors, beginning with the departure of former CEO Dick Costolo. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR), which advanced a respective 24.61% and 11.29% after announcing a stock-for-stock merger agreement. Also higher was Western Digital (WDC), which gained $10.57, or 15.35%, to $79.44 after a subsidiary of China's Tsinghua Holdings agreed to take a 15% stake in the company. Additionally, Synaptics (SYNA) rose 27.31% to $82.46 after Bloomberg reported that the company rejected a $110 per share bid from a state-backed Chinese investment group. Among the noteworthy losers was Barracuda Networks (CUDA), which crashed $8.01, or 34.01%, to $15.54 after its quarterly results and future guidance both fell short of analyst expectations. Also lower was Mellanox (MLNX), which fell $2.00, or 5.03%, to $37.79 after agreeing to acquire EZchip (EZCH) but failing to reiterate its guidance on a subsequent conference call. Separately, Universal Truckload (UACL) plunged 18.91% to $15.57 after guiding its Q3 results significantly below consensus estimates, after which the stock saw downgrades at research firms BB&T and Citi. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 235.57, or 1.47%, to 16,284.70, the Nasdaq added 102.84, or 2.28%, to 4,620.17, and the S&P 500 rose 35.94, or 1.91%, to 1,920.03.
|12:10 EDT||MLNX||On The Fly: Top stock stories at midday|
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the unquestionably hard quarter looks like it will end on an up note. Relief, as well as end of the quarter window dressing, may be the main drivers of this morning's rebound as investors are certainly ready to turn the page on the third quarter with the monthly non-farm payrolls report and the start of earnings season on the horizon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., payroll processor ADP reported that 200,000 jobs were added this month, topping expectations for 190,000 job additions. The Chicago PMI business barometer index fell to 48.7 in September, missing expectations for a reading of 53.6. Additionally, the Senate passed a continuing resolution, officially funding the government through December 11. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of two clothing companies moved in opposite directions after an executive for one left to take over for an icon at the other. Last night, Gap (GPS) announced that Stefan Larsson will step down as global president of Old Navy effective October 2. Larsson is leaving Gap to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren (RL), replacing the man who founded the company that bears his name. At least three research firms downgraded Gap shares to sell or equivalent ratings and the stock fell 7% in the wake of the executive shake-up, while Ralph Lauren shares were upgraded to Buy at UBS and the stock advanced 12% near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Rentrak (RENT) and comScore (SCOR), which gained 20% and 9%, respectively, after the companies agreed to a stock-for-stock merger. Also higher were shares of Western Digital (WDC), which rallied 14.5% after Unisplendour, a unit of China's Tsinghua Holdings, struck a deal to buy a 15% stake in the U.S. data storage company. Among the noteworthy losers was Barracuda Networks (CUDA), whose shares plunged 35% after the IT security and storage solutions company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Also lower were shares of Mellanox (MLNX), which were down 9% after the company agreed to acquire EZchip (EZCH) in a transaction implying a value of approximately $811M, or roughly $620M net of cash. Potentially overshadowing the deal was the fact that the company failed to reiterate its guidance despite being asked repeatedly by analysts on today's acquisition conference call, Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury told investors in a research note. EZchip, which will be bought for a cash purchase price of $25.50 per share, rose 14% following the deal announcement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 128.64, or 0.8%, to 16,177.77, the Nasdaq was up 56.46, or 1.25%, to 4,573.78, and the S&P 500 was up 18.68, or 0.99%, to 1,902.77.
|11:11 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox selloff reflects no guidance reiteration, says Summit Research|
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury says Mellanox's (MLNX) failure to reiterate its guidance on the last day of the quarter is overshadowing its purchase of EZchip (EZCH). The company failed to reiterate its guidance despite being asked repeatedly by analysts on today's acquisition conference call, Nandury tells investors in a research note. The analyst recommends using today's weakness as a buying opportunity. He continues to believe in the Mellanox Ethernet and Infiniband stories. Nandury has a Buy rating on the name with a $56 price target.
|10:41 EDT||MLNX||EZchip downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.|
Benchmark Co. downgraded EZchip to Hold with a $25.50 price target following the takeover by Mellanox (MLNX).
|08:59 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox and EZchip to co-host a press briefing|
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|08:35 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox and EZchip to co-host a conference call|
Conference call to discuss the definitive agreement where Mellanox acquires EZchip to be held on September 30 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
|07:32 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox agrees to acquire EZchip|
Mellanox Technologies (MLNX) and EZchip (EZCH) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Mellanox shall acquire 100% of EZchip's outstanding ordinary shares for a cash purchase price of $25.5 per share implying a transaction value of approximately $811M, or roughly $620M net of cash. The terms of the transaction have been unanimously approved by both the Mellanox and EZchip Boards of Directors. The combined businesses currently have approximately 2,400 employees, and have generated combined revenues of $668M for the twelve months ended June 30, 2015. The transaction is projected to close in the first quarter of 2016, subject to the completion of certain closing conditions. Mellanox expects the transaction to be non-GAAP accretive from day one. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, EZchip shareholders will receive $25.5 for each ordinary share of EZchip that they hold at the closing of the transaction. Mellanox intends to fund the transaction with cash on hand from the combined companies and $300M in fully-committed debt financing. The proposed acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and the approval of EZchip's shareholders.
|06:18 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox said to be in talks to buy EZchip for $700M-$800M, Reuters reports|
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|September 29, 2015|
|09:19 EDT||AVGO||Deutsche Bank to hold a conference|
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|September 28, 2015|
|10:50 EDT||AVGO||Analyst more upbeat on Intel, downgrades Qorvo following trip to Asia|
After traveling to Asia, Pacific Crest analyst Michael McConenell was more upbeat on the outlook for Intel (INTC), as well as smartphone chip makers Avago (AVGO) and Skyworks (SWKS). The analyst downgraded another smartphone chip maker, Qorvo (QRVO), to Sector Weight from Overweight, warning that the company's results may miss expectations down the road. BULLISH: Shipments of notebook computers appear set to exceed expectations by 5%-10% this month, after more of the devices seem to have been manufactured in August and September than in previous months, according to McConnell. Meanwhile, cloud customers are sparking a significant rebound in data centers' semiconductor demand, the analyst stated. Moreover, motherboard manufacturers say they are seeing increased demand for their products from desktop PC makers, the analyst stated. All of these trends bode well for Intel, indicated McConnell, who kept a $35 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. Demand for Avago's products appears to have remained healthy, given the company's low exposure to China and the strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices, the analyst stated. Another research firm, Craig-Hallum, recently estimated that Avago generates $6.75 of revenue per iPhone 6S sold, up from the $6.50 it obtained from the previous generation of iPhones. Pacific Crest's McConnell kept a $180 price target and Overweight rating on the shares of Avago. Skyworks should benefit from strong near-term demand trends, driven by a shift to module architectures, McConnell contended. According to the analyst, the company's 2016 outlook is also strong. BEARISH: Analysts' "out-quarter estimates" for Qorvo are too high, as they expect the company to grow 8.4% each quarter, versus only 5.9% for Skyworks, McConnell stated. Qorvo is facing several headwinds, including struggles with a key customer, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, and its inability to obtain more revenue per each iPhone sold, the analyst stated. These headwinds will probably prevent Qorvo from meeting analysts' expectations, warned McConnell. Additionally, the company will be hurt by the slowdown in the growth of the Chinese smartphone market, predicted the analyst, who cut his rating on the stock to Sector Weight from Overweight. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Intel rose 1.2% to $29.16, Avago dropped 1.7% to $124.56, Skyworks fell 3.6% to $84.58 and Qorvo declined 8.5% to $43.61.
|07:41 EDT||AVGO||Avago fundamentals have improved, says Pacific Crest|
After traveling to Asia, Pacific Crest believes that demand for Avago's (AVGO) products remains healthy ,given the company's low exposure to China and strong demand for Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone. The firm reiterates a $180 price target and Overweight rating on the shares.
|September 25, 2015|
|11:25 EDT||AVGO||Cirrus leads iPhone suppliers higher as analysts dissect 6S|
Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Skyworks (SWKS) and Qorvo (QRVO) are among the chipmakers that appear poised to obtain more revenue from Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S devices than from the previous generation of the market-leading smartphone. Research firms issued notes today based on their analysis of "teardowns" of the new phones after they went on sale for the first time, beginning in Australia. TEARDOWNS: Apple's common practice when rolling out its newest iPhone models is for Australia to be its first launch market. The unboxing of iPhones when they become available for sale for the first time anywhere in the world is a much anticipated event among the tech giant's fans, as well as by Apple-focused blogs and Wall Street analysts who follow the company. Websites like iFixit have become well known for their "teardowns" of the devices, where they purchase, take apart and analyze the way in which the device is made and how it differs from previous models. These teardowns are closely watched by analysts and can sometimes be catalysts for the stocks of iPhone component suppliers. CIRRUS: Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis says teardowns of Apple's iPhone 6S indicate Cirrus Logic secured both a smart codec and boosted amp win in the new phone. The company's content in each phone is likely towards the upper end of his $3.50-$4.00 estimate, Curtis tells investors, noting that he views this as better than expected. Curtis thinks the 6S content, coupled with the "several new growth drivers" Cirrus outlined at yesterday's technology day, could reverse the negative sentiment on the stock. He keeps an Overweight rating on the name with a $39 price target. OTHER WINNERS AND LOSERS: Skyworks and Qorvo saw their content rise 22% and 25% respectively, Curtis estimated. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) is continuing to supply the NFC and Secure Element chips for the 6S devices, but is no longer providing the sensor hub, the analyst reported. The company will lose about 50c per iPhone as a result of this development, but it did know that it would no longer be providing the hub before it provided its guidance in July, according to Curtis. STMicroelectronics (STM) is no longer providing the secure MCU for the iPhone 6S, Curtis added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other companies that are supplying iPhone 6S components include Qualcomm (QCOM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Avago (AVGO), iFixit reported. After conducting checks, Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss estimated that Skyworks will obtain about $6.50 of revenue per iPhone, up from about $5.50 previously, while Qorvo's revenue per device will rise to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago will see its revenue per device increase to about $6.75 from about $6.50, Stoss believes. The firm kept Buy ratings on Skyworks, Avago, and Qorvo. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Cirrus shares jumped $4.36, or 16%, to $31.49, Skyworks added about 3% and Qorvo rose 4%. Meanwhile, NXP gained about 2% and STMicroelectronics advanced 2.5%.
|09:48 EDT||AVGO||Apple iPhone 6S Plus teardown reveals chip suppliers, iFixit reports|
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|09:47 EDT||AVGO||iPhone 6S teardown positive for Skyworks, Qorvo, says Craig-Hallum|
Craig-Hallum analyst Anthony Stoss says Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6S teardowns indicate content increases for Skyworks (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) and Avago (AVGO). Ross estimates Skyworks' content in the phone rose to $6.50 versus $5.50 in the first versions of iPhone 6, Qorvo's content rose to $6.25 from $5.75 and Avago's content rose to $6.75 from $6.50. He believes RF content is increasing and reiterates Buy ratings on all three names.
|September 24, 2015|
|10:01 EDT||MLNX||On The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary|
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|06:32 EDT||MLNX||Mellanox initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson|
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