Earnings estimates have fallen sharply for
) following the company's Q1 earnings report on April 29. The drop
in consensus estimates was enough to place Silicon Labs in the
bottom 5% of all companies that Zacks ranks according to earnings
momentum. It is a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) stock.
Although shares of Silicon Labs have sold off following the latest
earnings report, the valuation picture still does not look very
attractive with the stock still trading above the industry median
on multiples of both forward earnings and cash flow.
Silicon Labs develops analog-intensive, mixed-signal integrated
circuits used in a wide range of applications such as set-top
boxes, televisions, and cell phones. The company was founded in
1996 and has a market cap of $1.9 billion.
First Quarter Results
Silicon Labs reported its first quarter results on April 29.
Adjusted earnings per share came in at 24 cents, missing the Zacks
Consensus Estimate by 2 cents.
Revenue for the quarter was $145.7 million, which was actually
better than the consensus of $144.0 million. But it was up just
0.2% year-over-year. The sluggish growth was mostly attributable to
a 15% drop in revenues in the company's 'Access' segment, which was
due to declines in the market for embedded modem ICs.
Gross profit declined from 60.1% to 59.8% of revenue as margin
contraction in its Access and Broadcast products more than offset
gains in its Broad-based products.
On the bright side, operating cash flow was strong, rising 59%
year-over-year to $47.0 million.
Following its Q1 results, management provided disappointing
guidance for the second quarter, prompting analysts to revise their
estimates significantly lower for both 2014 and 2015.
The 2014 Zacks Consensus Estimate is now $1.17, down from $1.43
before the Q1 report. The 2015 consensus is currently $1.56, down
from $1.88 over the same period. This negative earnings momentum is
a trend that has been in place for several months now.
Silicon Labs is a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
Shares of Silicon Labs are down almost 10% since the Q1 report, but
it does not look like a value stock at these levels. The stock
trades around 28x 12-month forward earnings, well above the
industry median of 16x. And its price to cash flow ratio of 28x is
also a premium to the industry median of 18x.
The Bottom Line
With earnings estimates in a major downward trend and given the
premium valuation, investors should consider avoiding shares of
Silicon Labs for now.
Todd Bunton, CFA is the Growth & Income Stock Strategist
and Editor of the
Income Plus Investor service
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