ST misses mark as TI cites downturn

ST misses mark as TI cites downturn

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By Nick Flaherty

ST reported first quarter net revenues of $2.08bn, down almost seven per cent on the same quarter last year and over 21 percent on the previous quarter. As a result ST is cutting back on its capital investments, including updating its fabs. 

“In the first quarter of 2019, revenues and gross margin performed as anticipated, amid softened market dynamics,” said Jean-Marc Chery, President & CEO of STMicroelectronics in the results today. “Looking at the second quarter, we plan to return to sequential revenue growth. Our second quarter outlook, at the mid-point, is for net revenues to increase about 2.4%; gross margin is expected to be about 38.5%. For the full year 2019, we expect net revenues to be in the range of about $9.45 to $9.85 billion. We therefore plan for strong sequential growth in the second half of the year compared with the first half, across the Industrial, Automotive and Personal Electronics end markets.” However this assumes improving market conditions, hence the reduction in capital expenditure (capex). 

“We are moderating our investment plans, with our 2019 CAPEX plan now $1.1 – $1.2 billion, from $1.2 – $1.3 billion initially,” said Chery.

Texas Instruments also saw year on year lower revenues in the first quarter results yesterday.

“Revenue decreased 5% from the same quarter a year ago as demand for our products continued to slow across most markets,” said Rich Templeton, chairman, president and CEO of TI. “In our core businesses, analog revenue declined 2% and Embedded Processing declined 14% from the same quarter a year ago. TI’s second-quarter outlook is for revenue in the range of $3.46 billion to $3.74 billion.”

The analogue products division held up with sales of $2.52bn vs $2.566bn, down 2 per cent while embedded processing took the hit at $796m, down 14 per cent from $926m,  and ‘other’ saw $280M down 6 percent from $297m.

Next: Rambus results

In the earnings conference, chief financial officer Rafael Lizardi said typical cyclical downturns have about four to five quarters of decline, and this was the second shrinking quarter.

The weaker market was also reflected by the Q1 results at Rambus. Its revenue was in line with expectations at $48.4m, up from $46.4m in Q1 2018 but down significantly from $68.5m in the previous quarter.

“We have refocused and augmented our product portfolio around our core strengths in semiconductor, to enable new design wins and increased market share,” said Luc Seraphin, chief executive officer of Rambus.

He points to the the high-speed IP Cores business that is seeing 50% compounded annual growth rate with several new SoC design wins for data centre, networking and artificial intelligence, including multiple new ASIC designs at a Tier 1 SoC customer, as well as the tape out of the industry’s first commercial GDDR6 memory PHY on TSMC 7nm.;;


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