How to Value SoftBank’s Semiconductor Arm IPO Among the NVidia and AI Frenzy

The much-anticipated IPO for SoftBank Group Corp. semiconductor unit Arm was filed Monday. With the AI frenzy Softbank is looking to time the listing to perfection. In what has been a rather dour few years for IPOs with high interest rates and a bear market for much of that period this is expected to be the year’s largest US initial public offering. Arm Holdings Ltd. didn’t disclose proposed terms in its filing Monday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. … Continue reading “How to Value SoftBank’s Semiconductor Arm IPO Among the NVidia and AI Frenzy”

Qualcomm Earnings Falter with Slowdown in Demand for Smartphones and IoT Devices

Qualcomm earnings suffered from a rapid slowdown in demand for smartphones and IoT devices which continued to weigh on QCOM in fiscal 1Q23 (December quarter). We saw this reflected in their revenue miss, but they gave an optimistic outlook for 2H23. The company, like many chip makers has an elevated inventory of OEMs due to sluggish consumer demand and the easing of supply chain disruptions. Apple, which uses QCOM’s modem chips reported a disappointing 1Q23 earnings report that was driven … Continue reading “Qualcomm Earnings Falter with Slowdown in Demand for Smartphones and IoT Devices”

Texas Instruments Automotive Chips Strength Balances Weak Industrial Demand

Texas Instruments, the largest manufacturer of analog and embedded processors in America, reported better than expected fourth quarter results and also provided Q1 guidance that met analyst estimates but at the same time demand remains under pressure with customers working to reduce their inventory levels. The softer weaker quarter-over-quarter growth reflecting slowing demand spreading from personal electronics which was 24% of IT’s 2021 revenue to a more significant industrial markets which had 41% of revenue.  The automotive industry continues to … Continue reading “Texas Instruments Automotive Chips Strength Balances Weak Industrial Demand”

Texas Instruments Lowers Guidance on Retailers Bloated Inventories

Texas Instruments, the largest manufacturer of analog and embedded processors in America, traded over 5% lower despite reporting better than expected third quarter results beating by $0.06, and on revenues. TXN offered a weak outlook for the fourth quarter, guiding Q4 EPS below consensus and revenues below consensus. The softer weaker quarter-over-quarter growth reflects the slowing demand spreading from personal electronics which was 24% of IT’s 2021 revenue to a more significant industrial markets which had 41% of revenue.   Texas … Continue reading “Texas Instruments Lowers Guidance on Retailers Bloated Inventories”