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Broadcom Has Possible 45% Upside, BofA Says

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Broadcom Has Possible 45% Upside, BofA Says
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In a report published Wednesday, BofA Merrill Lynch analysts maintained a Buy rating on Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), with a price objective of $54.

The analysts enumerated the factors supporting a possible 45 percent valuation upside in the company's stock as:

  • WiFi competitive risks appear overstated
  • The company seems to be poised to lead the new 25Gig Ethernet cycle in data center with its new Tomahawk switch
  • The company's competitive position in set top boxes is strengthening versus its main rival STMicroelectronics NV (NYSE: STM)

In the report BofA Merrill Lynch noted the five reasons that the company's connectivity is "stronger than you think:"

  • Best-in-class WiFi combos which is very complementary with trend towards use of discrete mobile chips in high-end smartphones being offered by companies like Samsung, Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL), Xiaomi and Huawei
  • Broadcom has about 1,000 dedicated engineers and, therefore, has a leading share of about 57 percent in connectivity combos (WiFi / Bluetooth / GPS / FM)
  • WiFi combos cost merely $4, constituting only about 2 percent of the high-end smartphone bill of materials. While this is not meaningful enough to insource by customers, for vendor selection it is very critical since WiFi carries most of the data traffic
  • By exiting baseband, Broadcom is able to partner better in Wifi with vendors it previously competed against
  • "Content expansion with greater 5G WiFi/dual-band penetration, new location hub chip with incremental $2 ASP content adder and TAM expansion in Internet of Things (IoT)"

Latest Ratings for BRCM

DateFirmActionFromTo
Jan 2016BernsteinDowngradesOutperformMarket Perform
Oct 2015B. RileyDowngradesBuyNeutral
Aug 2015WedbushDowngradesOutperformNeutral

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