This European Chipmaker Could See Sales Explode in 2017

Jay Peroni, Lead Analyst, CEO and FounderBlog (Public), Growth & Income

This Chipmaker has plenty of upside!

STMicroelectronics (STM) has quite the resume:

  • Among the world’s largest semiconductor companies
  • A leading Integrated Device Manufacturer serving all electronics segments
  • A leading technology innovator (approximately 7,500 people working in R&D, ~16,000 owned patents in ~9,500 patent families and ~500 new patent filings in 2016)
  • Delivering solutions that are key to Smart Driving and the Internet of Things
  • Rich and diversified portfolio (discrete and standard commodity components, ASICs, full custom devices and semi-custom devices, and Application-Specific Standard Products)
  • A pioneer and visionary leader in sustainability

The stock has taken off over the past few weeks after it was announced that STMicroelectronics has a major deal in the works.  The expectation is that the deal is with Apple to be a supplier in the iPhone 8.  STM has confirmed it is expecting a substantial increase in revenue from a major deal in the second half of 2017.  This lines up with the release date of the iPhone 8 and its research with Apple to build better cameras.

Even without this “new deal”, STM has seen impressive growth with analysts expecting 12.5% annual sales growth and 750% annual earnings growth in Q1 2017.  This stock has had a hot run recently, but could see an additional boost in momentum in the second half of 2017.

Let’s take a look at a great opportunity in semiconductor industry…

Overview of STM:

Company:               STMicroelectronics N.V. (STM)

Industry:                Semiconductors

Sector:                     Technology

Dividend:              $0.20 per share per year

Yield:                        1.31%

Profile:   STMicroelectronics is a global independent semiconductor company which designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductor integrated circuits and discrete devices used in a wide variety of microelectronic applications, including telecommunications systems, computer systems, consumer products, automotive products and industrial automation and control systems.

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Reasons to Buy

  • STM is well positioned to profit from the emerging trend toward more advanced electronics content in automobiles.
  • It has shed underperforming business units to focus on the more productive lines of business.  This should help increase the bottom line and widen profit margins.
  • It just recently announced a MAJOR deal that will significantly increase revenues in the second half of 2017.

5 Point Stock Inspection

  1. Earnings Trend: Grade B
  • Solid Earnings Growth Trend, solid Momentum, and a history of Surprises
  • Positive Analyst Earnings Revisions
  1. Financial Health: Grade A
  • Stronger financial profile than 52.99% of stock universe
  • Solid Sales Growth: Healthy 3-year growth
  • Operating profit margin in current year is greater than the previous year
  • Free Cash Flow growing for each of past three years
  • Net profit margin greater than industry average
  1. Momentum: Grade A
  • Strong Momentum
  • Relative Strength is 96 out of 100
  • Relative Strength in top 30% of stock universe
  • Stock up over 160% over past 12 months
  1. Risk: Grade A
  • Lower risk
  • Beta slightly below market (0.88)
  • Has lower risk profile than just 56.37% of stock universe
  1. Valuation: Grade A
  • Forward P/E at 21.35, is in line with the industry average
  • Good buy under $18/share

Overall:  Grade A

Bottom Line

STM is Europe’s largest chipmaker with a broad product lineup. It has some very promising growth opportunities on the horizon with its microcontrollers, sensors, and automotive products.  This company has a bright future and could see a huge boost in sales later this year.

 

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