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May 29, 2014
07:50 EDTAVGO, STXSeagate to acquire LSI's flash businesses from Avago for $450M in cash
Seagate Technology (STX) and Avago Technologies Limited (AVGO) announced that they have entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement under which Seagate will acquire the assets of LSI’s Accelerated Solutions Division and Flash Components Division from Avago for $450M in cash. In fiscal 2015, Seagate would expect the combination of its enterprise SSD product line and these SSD Controller families to generate revenues of at least $150M and be slightly accretive to the company gross margin with operating margin headwind of $30M-$40M. As Seagate drives operational synergies and leverages its SSD technology into its product portfolio, the company would expect the operating margin contribution from its SSD business to be neutral to positive in fiscal 2016 and beyond. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of calendar year 2014, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and the receipt of certain regulatory approvals, including those required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
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April 22, 2015
19:36 EDTSTXSeagate announces new $2.5B share repurchase authorization
Seagate Technology announced that its board has authorized the company to repurchase up to $2.5B of its outstanding ordinary shares. As a result of the April Authorization, Seagate currently has an aggregate authority to repurchase approximately $3.1B of its ordinary shares.
19:35 EDTSTXSeagate announces new $2.5B share repurchase authorization
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14:47 EDTAVGOEarnings Watch: Texas Instruments reports amid M&A focus in semiconductor space
Texas Instruments (TXN) is expected to report first quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, April 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. 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 62c on revenue of $3.2B. The consensus range is 61c-64c for EPS on revenue of $3.18B-$3.21B, according to First Call. On its last earning call, Texas Instruments said it expected Q1 EPS of 57c-67c and revenue of $3.07B-$3.33B. LAST QUARTER: On January 26, Texas Instruments reported adjusted fourth quarter EPS of 69c, which matched consensus expectations at that time. Its Q4 revenue of $3.27B came in just above the consensus forecast of $3.26B. Texas Instruments said its inventory ended the quarter at 117 days and noted on its associated conference call that it believe inventories were at "healthy levels." Texas Instruments also said then that it expected its embedded operating margins to increase. STREET RESEARCH: The day after TI's last quarterly report, Ascendiant raised its price target for Texas Instruments shares to $64 from $56 and reiterated a Buy rating on the stock. The firm attributed the post-earnings slide the stock experienced then to profit taking, rather than a fundamental disappointment. That same week, Argus increased its price target on Texas Instruments to $62 from $54 and said it expected the company's operating trends to continue to strengthen. Argus kept a Buy rating on the shares. Acquiring companies in the semiconductor space "can materially outperform the market," Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis wrote in a note to investors on March 9. At that time, Lipacis identified Texas Instruments, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), Marvell (MRVL), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Broadcom (BRCM), Altera (ALTR), and Xilinx (XLNX) as companies that were well-positioned to make acquisitions in the future. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On March 1, NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which NXP will merge with Freescale in a transaction valuing the combined enterprise at just over $40B. Recent media reports suggested that Intel's (INTC) talks to acquire Altera stalled when the latter wanted more than Intel was willing to pay. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, Texas Instruments' stock has rallied nearly 7%. In afternoon trading, Texas Instruments gained over 1% to $58.76.
April 20, 2015
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07:38 EDTSTXBrean Capital still sees Seagate as a favorite secular long
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April 17, 2015
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09:26 EDTSTXSeagate sees Q4 revenue $3.2B-$3.3B, consensus $3.4B
Sees Q4 addressable market to be relatively flat with Q3. Sees Q4 margins approximately 28.5%. Sees Q4 operating expenses at $555M. CEO Stephen Luczo stated that the second half of FY15 will be stronger than the first half, with demand coming from the PC market, seasonal gaming demand, and continued stability in the enterprise market with potential upside from hyper scale deployments. Guidance provided during Q4 earnings conference call.
08:04 EDTSTXSeagate reports Q3 EPS adjusted $1.08, consensus $1.04
Reports Q3 revenue $3.3B, consensus $3.4B. “In light of dynamic market conditions this quarter we are quite satisfied with our operational performance and ability to return value to shareholders,” said Steve Luczo, Seagate’s chairman and CEO. “Near-term macro uncertainty is affecting certain areas of our addressable market however we remain optimistic that market demand for exabytes of storage will continue to increase over the long-term. Looking ahead, we are focused on aligning our storage technology portfolio effectively to capitalize on market growth opportunities, demonstrating operating profitability and returning value to shareholders.”
April 16, 2015
15:44 EDTSTXSeagate April 56 straddle priced for 4.7% movement into Q3
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15:23 EDTSTXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:20 EDTSTXSeagate technical notes before earnings
The stock on a long-term basis, 5-year chart, has broken its uptrend support line at the 50-week moving average. If the news is more bullish than expected, that moving average could come into play as resistance. That would put the first significant upside test at $59.24. Resistance above that would be at $63.39. If the news is more bearish than expected, the first significant area of support would be at $51.05, a recent pivot low. The $50 level has been important support through the prior year. A breakdown before that level would therefore be particularly bearish. Next support below $50 would be at $48.49, the 52-week low.
06:31 EDTSTXSeagate assumed with a Neutral at JPMorgan
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April 15, 2015
10:00 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:07 EDTSTXSeagate initiated with a Buy at Maxim
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April 14, 2015
10:01 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:25 EDTSTXSeagate upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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April 12, 2015
16:46 EDTSTXIntel, Seagate may rise despite potentially weak earnings reports, Barron's says
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