Wrapping up Q1 earnings, we look at the numbers and key takeaways for the processors and graphics chips stocks, including Qorvo (NASDAQ:QRVO) and its peers.
The biggest demand drivers for processors (CPUs) and graphics chips at the moment are secular trends related to 5G and Internet of Things, autonomous driving, and high performance computing in the data center space, specifically around AI and machine learning. Like all semiconductor companies, digital chip makers exhibit a degree of cyclicality, driven by supply and demand imbalances and exposure to PC and Smartphone product cycles.
The 6 processors and graphics chips stocks we track reported a decent Q1; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 3.03%, while on average next quarter revenue guidance was 0.12% above consensus. Tech stocks have been under pressure since the end of last year, but processors and graphics chips stocks held their ground better than others, with share price down 7.45% since earnings, on average.
Formed by the merger of TriQuint and RF Micro Devices, Qorvo (NASDAQ: QRVO) is a designer and manufacturer of RF chips used in almost all smartphones globally, along with a variety of chips used in networking equipment and infrastructure.
Qorvo reported revenues of $1.16 billion, up 8.7% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 1.38%. It was a mixed quarter for the company, with a beat on the bottom line but an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.
Bob Bruggeworth, president and chief executive officer of Qorvo, said, “Qorvo delivered a strong fiscal 2022 fourth quarter and full fiscal year. Revenue exceeded the midpoint of quarterly guidance, despite a dynamic and challenging macro environment. We continue to execute well, and our customers are excited about the technologies and products we are releasing. Qorvo is extremely well positioned with multiyear growth drivers, broadening market and customer exposure and a deep product and technical portfolio.”
The stock is down 17.9% since the results and currently trades at $97.87.
Best Q1: AMD (NASDAQ:AMD)
Founded in 1969 by a group of former Fairchild semiconductor executives led by Jerry Sanders, Advanced Micro Devices or AMD (NASDAQ:AMD) is one of the leading designers of computer processors and graphics chips used in PCs and data centers.
AMD reported revenues of $5.88 billion, up 70.8% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 6.47%. It was an impressive quarter for the company, with a beat on the bottom line and a significant improvement in operating margin.
AMD delivered the strongest analyst estimates beat, fastest revenue growth, and highest full year guidance raise among its peers. The stock is down 2.92% since the results and currently trades at $88.51.
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Weakest Q1: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)
Inventor of the x86 processor that powered decades of technological innovation in PCs, data centers, and numerous other markets, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is the leading manufacturer of computer processors and graphics chips.
Intel reported revenues of $18.3 billion, down -6.71% year on year, in line with analyst expectations. It was a weak quarter for the company, with a slow revenue growth and an underwhelming revenue guidance for the next quarter.
Intel had the weakest performance against analyst estimates, slowest revenue growth, and weakest full year guidance update in the group. The stock is down 16.9% since the results and currently trades at $38.89.
Having been at the forefront of developing the standards for cellular connectivity for over four decades, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), is a leading innovator and a fabless manufacturer of wireless technology chips used in smartphones, autos and internet of things appliances.
Qualcomm reported revenues of $11.1 billion, up 40.6% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 5.35%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with a beat on the bottom line.
The stock is down 5.88% since the results and currently trades at $127.20.
Originally the semiconductor division of Hewlett Packard, Broadcom (NASDAQ:AVGO) is a semiconductor conglomerate that spans wireless, networking, data storage, and industrial end markets along with an infrastructure software business focused on mainframes and cybersecurity.
Broadcom reported revenues of $8.1 billion, up 22.5% year on year, beating analyst expectations by 2.46%. It was a decent quarter for the company, with a very optimistic guidance and an increase in inventory levels.
The stock is down 3.84% since the results and currently trades at $511.30.
Broadcom is in talks to acquire VMware for about $61 billion in cash and stock.
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