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Nov 30 (Reuters) - Semiconductor firm Marvell Technology MRVL.O said on Thursday it expects nearly half of its quarterly revenue to decline in the first quarter of 2025, sending its shares down over 4% in afterhours trading.
CEO Matthew Murphy attributed this drop in revenue to a tough macroeconomic environment and longer-than-expected inventory corrections.
While the data center segment, which includes some AI and cloud systems, beat market expectations for revenue in the third quarter of 2024, Murphy added that going forward "the real question is the data center strength and how does that continue? and it's too early to call"
Customers including cloud service providers and telecom operators continue to use existing chip inventory, after a cool down of the pandemic-fueled buying spree led to excess supply.
Clearing of inventory has dampened prospects of new orders for chip makers like Marvell.
Murphy added on anearnings callthat while Marvell does expect year-on-year growth going forward, he could not comment on concerns surrounding inventory build hindering growth projections for the first quarter.
The company's fourth-quarter forecast came in below Wall Street estimates.
For the current quarter, Marvell expects revenue of $1.42 billion plus or minus 5%, which is below estimates of $1.46 billion.
On an adjusted basis, the company expects income of 46 cents per share, plus or minus 5 cents for the fourth quarter. This compares to estimates of 49 cents profit per share.
However, Marvell beat Wall Street estimates for third-quarter revenue and profit, as the rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) buoyed demand for its chips.
Marvell posted net revenue of $1.42 billion for the quarter ended Oct. 28, compared with analysts' estimates of $1.40 billion, according to LSEG data.
Excluding items, the company posted a profit of 41 cents per share, marginally beating estimates of 40 cents per share.
(Reporting by Arsheeya Bajwa in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)
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