Xilinx Shares Surge on Reports of $30 Billion AMD Takeover

Xilinx Inc.  (XLNX) – Get Report shares surged the most in nearly a year Friday following a report from the Wall Street Journal that the San Jose-based tech group could be bought by its chipmaking rival Advanced Micro Devices.  (AMD) – Get Report.

The Journal said the pair were in advanced merger talks that could value Xilinx at more than $30 billion, a 16% premium to the group’s closing price on Wall Street last night. Xilinx’s data-center chips have become much more valuable since the coronavirus pandemic triggered a surge in work-from-home dynamics that have pressured companies around the world to improve their technology and storage capabilities. 

AMD, meanwhile, has seen its share price rise nearly 90% so far this year, taking its market value past $100 billion, a move that gives the chipmaker substantial firepower — despite a small net cash position of just $1.1 billion — to absorb Xilinx in an all-stock deal.

“We believe Xilinx would be a good, high-quality target, providing AMD with another strong competitive product set against its archrival, Intel,” said KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts Weston Twigg and John Vinh. “Xilinx has substantially higher gross margins and operating margins, and the deal would likely be accretive for AMD, though the final price will be needed to calculate share dilution and EPS impact.”

“As for deal approval, trade war tensions add substantial risk; we think the deal could be approved, but it would likely take at least 1.5 years,” the pair added.  

Xilinx shares were marked 17% higher in pre-market trading, the biggest move since January 2019, to indicate an opening bell price of $124.00 each. AMD shares were marked 4.6% lower at $82.50 each.

TSMC Leads Chipmakers’ Sales Surge Ahead of New iPhones

(Bloomberg) — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reported a stronger-than-expected 22% rise in quarterly sales, buoyed by orders from its largest customers including Apple Inc.

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The world’s largest contract chipmaker saw revenue for the three months to September climb to a record NT$356.4 billion ($12.4 billion), up from NT$293 billion a year earlier, according to Bloomberg calculations based on monthly sales data disclosed by TSMC. Fellow Taiwanese chipmakers United Microelectronics Corp. and MediaTek Inc. on Thursday also reported strong sales, suggesting a broad recovery in the industry.

TSMC in July raised its 2020 outlook, saying that revenue this year will grow by more than 20% in dollar terms. Sales for the first nine months of the year suggests that Apple’s main iPhone chipmaker is on track to meet its growth forecast as the Covid-19 pandemic fueled demand for home computing equipment.

The company’s business typically revs up in the months before Apple unveils new iPhones and the holiday season. It also likely received a boost during the quarter as its second-largest customer Huawei Technologies Co. raced to stockpile supplies before a U.S. ban on shipments to the Chinese telecom giant came into effect last month. Rival chipmaker Samsung Electronics Co. reported on Thursday earnings that beat analyst estimates after its mobile and chip businesses benefited from the curbs on Huawei.



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“The demand strength will sustain and see an upside risk to TSMC’s 4Q20 revenue guidance to be announced next week,” Bernstein analysts led by Mark Li wrote in a note. “The ramp of iPhone is delayed but just makes 4Q20 sequentially stronger. Apple silicon is ramping and will fuel the momentum in 4Q20 too. More recently, Huawei’s competitors are aggressive in placing orders, all vying to gain the share left by Huawei.”

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