Looking back on semiconductor manufacturing stocks' Q4 earnings, we examine this quarters’ best and worst performers, including KLA Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) and its peers.
The semiconductor industry is driven by demand for advanced electronic products like smartphones, PCs, servers and data storage. The growth of data and technologies like artificial intelligence, 5G networks and smart cars are also creating a next wave of growth for the industry. To keep up with ever changing customer needs requires new tools that can design, fabricate and test at ever smaller sizes and more complex architectures, and that is driving the demand for semiconductor capital manufacturing equipment.
The 4 semiconductor manufacturing stocks we track reported a mixed Q4; on average, revenues missed analyst consensus estimates by 0.04%, while on average next quarter revenue guidance was 2.71% under consensus. Tech stocks have been under pressure since the end of last year and while some of the semiconductor manufacturing stocks have fared somewhat better, they have not been spared, with share price declining 15% since earnings, on average.
KLA Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC)
Formed by the 1997 merger of the two leading semiconductor yield management companies, KLA Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) is the leading supplier of equipment used to measure and inspect semiconductor chips.
KLA Corporation reported revenues of $2.35 billion, up 42.5% year on year, in line with analyst expectations. It was a mixed quarter for the company, with an exceptional revenue growth but an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.
"KLA's December quarter and calendar 2021 performance exceeded our expectations in a demanding and challenging environment. Our results underscore the importance of our products and solutions in the marketplace, consistent execution by our global teams, and technology leadership and innovation that is guided by the KLA Operating Model," commented Rick Wallace, president and chief executive officer of KLA Corporation.
The stock is down 11.2% since the results and currently trades at $320.50.
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Best Q4: Marvell Technology (NASDAQ:MRVL)
Moving away from a low margin storage device management chips in one of the biggest semiconductor business model pivots of the past decade, Marvell Technology (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a fabless designer of special purpose data processing and networking chips used by data centers, communications carriers, enterprises, and autos.
Marvell Technology reported revenues of $1.34 billion, up 68.3% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 1.4%. It was a solid quarter for the company, with a significant improvement in operating margin and an exceptional revenue growth.
Marvell Technology pulled off the fastest revenue growth among its peers. The stock is down 6.62% since the results and currently trades at $60.90.
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Weakest Q4: Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX)
Founded in 1980 by David Lam, who pioneered semiconductor etching technology, Lam Research (NASDAQ:LCRX) is a one of the leading providers of the wafer fabrication equipment used to make semiconductors.
Lam Research Corporation reported revenues of $4.22 billion, up 51.3% year on year, missing analyst expectations by 4.26%. It was a weaker quarter for the company, with an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter and a miss of the top line analyst estimates.
Lam Research Corporation had the weakest performance against analyst estimates in the group. The stock is down 23.1% since the results and currently trades at $458.99.
Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT)
Founded in 1967 as the first company that built the tools for other companies to use to make semiconductors, Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) is the largest provider of semiconductor wafer fabrication equipment.
Applied Materials reported revenues of $6.27 billion, up 21.4% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 1.8%. It was a mixed quarter for the company, with a meaningful improvement in operating margin but an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.
Applied Materials pulled off the strongest analyst estimates beat but had the slowest revenue growth among the peers. The stock is down 19.2% since the results and currently trades at $113.67.
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