Analog chip manufacturer Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) reported results in line with analyst expectations in Q1 FY2023 quarter, with revenue down 10.7% year on year to $4.38 billion. However, guidance for the next quarter was less impressive, coming in at $4.35 billion at the midpoint, being 2.32% below analyst estimates. Texas Instruments made a GAAP profit of $1.71 billion, down on its profit of $2.2 billion, in the same quarter last year.
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Texas Instruments (TXN) Q1 FY2023 Highlights:
- Revenue: $4.38 billion vs analyst estimates of $4.37 billion (small beat)
- EPS: $1.85 vs analyst estimates of $1.78 (3.99% beat)
- Revenue guidance for Q2 2023 is $4.35 billion at the midpoint, below analyst estimates of $4.45 billion
- Free cash flow of $178 million, down 83.4% from previous quarter
- Inventory Days Outstanding: 197, up from 158 previous quarter
- Gross Margin (GAAP): 65.4%, down from 70.2% same quarter last year
Haviv Ilan, TI's president and CEO, said "Revenue decreased 6% sequentially and decreased 11% from the same quarter a year ago. During the quarter we experienced weakness across our end markets with the exception of automotive, as expected."
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas since the 1950s, Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) is the world’s largest producer of analog semiconductors.
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. 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.
Texas Instruments's revenue growth over the last three years has been unremarkable, averaging 12.4% annually. Last year the quarterly revenue declined from $4.91 billion to $4.38 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).
Despite Texas Instruments revenues beating analyst estimates, this was still a slow quarter with a 10.7% revenue decline.
Texas Instruments's revenue growth has decelerated for the last three quarters and the company expects growth to turn negative next quarter guiding to a 16.5% year on year decline, while analysts are estimating a NTM revenue decline of 4.66%.
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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, Texas Instruments’s inventory days came in at 197, 58 days above the five year average, suggesting that that inventory has grown to higher levels than what we used to see in the past.
Key Takeaways from Texas Instruments's Q1 Results
With a market capitalization of $159 billion, more than $9.55 billion in cash and with free cash flow over the last twelve months being positive, the company is in a very strong position to invest in growth.
We struggled to find many strong positives in these results. Revenue growth was quite weak and both revenue and EPS guidance for the next quarter missed analysts' expectations. Overall, it seems to us that this was a complicated quarter for Texas Instruments. The company is down 0.68% on the results and currently trades at $168.25 per share.
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