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Silicon Motion (SIMO) Q2 Earnings Beat, Revenues In Line

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Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (SIMO - Free Report) delivered second-quarter 2018 non-GAAP earnings of 92 cents per American Depositary Share ("ADS"), which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 77 cents. It also came ahead of the year-ago quarter figure of 71 cents and increased 29.6% sequentially.

Net sales rose 4.1% year over year and 6% from the previous quarter to $138.1 million. The figure almost came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $138 million. However, the figure was higher than the mid-point of management’s guided range of $134.3-$140.8 million (mid-point $137.6 million).

We believe improving supply of 64-layer 3D NAND is bringing down high NAND prices, which is eventually benefiting Silicon Motion.

Additionally, as the company’s Open-Channel NVMe SSD controller enters into production, Client SSD Controller sales are anticipated to increase.

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Revenue Details

Sales from mobile storage products (which include Embedded Storage as well as Expandable Storage products) increased 6% year over year and 7% sequentially to $129.4 million. Revenues from mobile storage products contributed 94% to overall product revenues.

Sales for Client SSD controllers grew 5% quarter over quarter. Additionally, the company’s pipeline of SSD controller projects with NAND flash makers grew more than 50% sequentially, primarily due to strong customer focus on SSDs.

Revenues from eMMC controllers decreased 5% sequentially.

Embedded Storage sales (approximately 85% of total revenues) increased 7% sequentially. Revenues from SSD solutions declined 35% sequentially.

Mobile communications product (which include mobile TV SoCs) sales were $7.5 million, representing 5% of total revenues. However, the figure declined 6% sequentially and 4% year over year.

Other products formed 1% of revenues and generated $1.1 million.

Operational Details

Non-GAAP gross margin contracted 120 basis points (bps) on a year-over-year basis and 50 bps sequentially to 47.5%.

Non-GAAP operating margin increased 180 bps on year-over-year basis and 360 bps sequentially to 25.7%. Non-GAAP operating expenses as a percentage of revenues decreased 280 bps year over year and 410 bps sequentially to 21.9%.

Liquidity & Cash Flow

Exiting the quarter, Silicon Motion’s cash, cash equivalent and short-term investments were $364.2 million, up from $346.1 million in the first quarter.

On Oct 24, 2017, the company’s Board of Directors had declared an annual dividend of $1.20 per ADS. Quarterly instalments to be paid by the company were 30 cents per ADS. On May 23, 2018, the company paid $10.8 million to shareholders representing its third instalment.


For third-quarter 2018, Silicon Motion expects non-GAAP revenues to be in the range of $136-$142.9 million, reflecting top-line growth of 7-12% on a year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter is pegged at $151.9 million.

Non-GAAP gross margin is anticipated within 48.5-50.5%. Non-GAAP operating margin is expected to lie in the range of 25-27%.

The company reiterated its 2018 revenue outlook. Non-GAAP revenues are anticipated within $550-$576 million, translating to year-over-year growth of 5-10%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate of $569.9 million is toward the higher end of management’s guidance range.

Non-GAAP gross and operating margin is projected in the range of 47.5-49.5% and 24-26%, respectively.

Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider

Silicon Motion carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector include Intel Corporation (INTC - Free Report) , Seagate Technology PLC (STX - Free Report) and Microsoft Corporation (MSFT - Free Report) , both sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Intel, Seagate and Microsoft have a long-term expected EPS growth rate of 8.4%. 18.9% and 12.3%, respectively.

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