Analog chipmaker Microchip Technology (NASDAQ:MCHP) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q1 FY2023 quarter, with revenue up 25.1% year on year to $1.96 billion. Guidance for next quarter's revenue was $2.06 billion at the midpoint, which is 4.86% above the analyst consensus. Microchip Technology made a GAAP profit of $507.2 million, improving on its profit of $252.8 million, in the same quarter last year.
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Microchip Technology (MCHP) Q1 FY2023 Highlights:
- Revenue: $1.96 billion vs analyst estimates of $1.95 billion (small beat)
- EPS (non-GAAP): $1.37 vs analyst estimates of $1.34 (2.52% beat)
- Revenue guidance for Q2 2023 is $2.06 billion at the midpoint, above analyst estimates of $1.96 billion
- Free cash flow of $718.5 million, up 13.4% from previous quarter
- Inventory Days Outstanding: 127, up from 125 previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 66.7%, up from 64.2% same quarter last year
"We kicked off our fiscal 2023 on a strong note, delivering record revenue of $1.96 billion which exceeded the mid-point of our guidance range and marked the seventh consecutive quarter of record revenue," said Ganesh Moorthy, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Spun out from General Instrument in 1987, Microchip Technology (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontrollers and integrated circuits used mainly in the automotive world, especially in electric vehicles and their charging devices.
Demand for analog chips is generally linked to the overall level of economic growth, as analog chips serve as the building blocks of most electronic goods and equipment. The biggest secular growth drivers currently are the adoption of electric vehicles, 5G networks and Internet of Things connectivity, and demand for chips that reduce power consumption. Unlike digital chip designers, analog chip makers tend to produce the majority of their own chips, as analog chip production does not require expensive leading edge nodes. Less dependent on major secular growth drivers, analog product cycles are much longer, often 5-7 years.
Microchip Technology's revenue growth over the last three years has been unremarkable, averaging 10.4% annually. But as you can see below, last year has been stronger for the company, growing from quarterly revenue of $1.56 billion to $1.96 billion. Semiconductors are a cyclical industry and long-term investors should be prepared for periods of high growth, followed by periods of revenue contractions (which can sometimes offer opportune times to buy).
This was a decent quarter for Microchip Technology as revenues grew 25.1%, topping analyst estimates by 0.61%. This marks 7 straight quarters of revenue growth, which means the current upcycle has had a good run, as a typical upcycle tends to be 8-10 quarters.
However, Microchip Technology believes the growth is set to continue, and is guiding for revenue to grow 24.9% YoY next quarter, and Wall St analysts are estimating growth 10% over the next twelve months.
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Product Demand & Outstanding Inventory
Days Inventory Outstanding (DIO) are an important metric for chipmakers, as it reflects the capital intensity of the business and the cyclical nature of semiconductor supply and demand. In a tight supply environment, inventories tend to be stable, allowing chipmakers to exert pricing power. Steadily increasing DIO can be a warning sign that demand is weak, and if inventories continue to rise the company may have to downsize production.
This quarter, Microchip Technology’s inventory days came in at 127, 2 days above the five year average, suggesting that inventory has grown to a level slightly above the long term average.
Key Takeaways from Microchip Technology's Q1 Results
Sporting a market capitalization of $38.2 billion, more than $379.1 million in cash and with positive free cash flow over the last twelve months, we're confident that Microchip Technology has the resources it needs to pursue a high growth business strategy.
We enjoyed the positive outlook Microchip Technology provided for the next quarter’s revenue. And we were also glad to see the improvement in gross margin. Overall, this quarter's results seemed pretty positive and shareholders can feel optimistic. The company is up 1.34% on the results and currently trades at $70.2 per share.
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