Earnings Analysis: Avago Technologies
Avago Technologies (NASDAQ: AVGO) reports preliminary financial results for the year ended 2012-10-31.
Avago Technologies Ltd. recently reported its preliminary financial results based on which we provide a unique peer-based analysis of the company. Our analysis is based on the company's performance over the last twelve months (unless stated otherwise). For a more detailed analysis of this company (and over 40,000 other global equities) please visit www.capitalcube.com.
Avago Technologies Ltd.'s analysis versus peers uses the following peer-set: Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN), Analog Devices Inc. (ADI), Infineon Technologies AG ADS (IFNNY), STMicroelectronics N.V.(STM), Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS), LSI Corp. (LSI), Hittite Microwave Corp.(HITT), Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (VSH), RF Micro Devices Inc.(RFMD) and TriQuint Semiconductor Inc.(TQNT). The table below shows the preliminary results along with the recent trend for revenues, net income and returns.
|Annual (USD million)||2012-10-31||2011-10-31||2010-10-31||2009-10-31||2008-10-31|
|Revenue Growth %||1.2||11.6||41.0||(12.7)||11.3|
|Net Income Growth %||2.0||33.0||N/A||(177.2)||N/A|
|Net Margin %||23.8||23.6||19.8||(3.0)||3.4|
Avago Technologies Ltd.'s current Price/Book of 3.5 is about median in its peer group. We classify AVGO-US as Harvesting because of the market's low expectations of growth (PE of 15.2 compared to peer median of 19.7) despite its relatively high returns (ROE of 25.4% compared to the peer median ROE of 12.4%).
The company has a successful operating strategy with above median net profit margins of 23.8% (vs. peer median of 11.1%) and relatively high asset turns of 0.9x (vs. peer median of 0.7x). This suggests that the company has a dominant operating model relative to its peers. AVGO-US's net margin is its highest relative to the last five years and compares to a low of -14.4% in 2007.
The company enjoys both better than peer median annual revenue growth of 1.2% and better than peer median earnings growth performance 2.0%. AVGO-US currently converts every 1% of change in annual revenue into 1.7% of change in annual reported earnings. We view this company as a leader among its peers.
AVGO-US's return on assets is above its peer median both in the current period (21.2% vs. peer median 8.1%) and also over the past five years (13.2% vs. peer median 6.3%). This performance suggests that the company's relatively high operating returns are sustainable.
The company's gross margin of 54.0% is around peer median suggesting that AVGO-US's operations do not benefit from any differentiating pricing advantage. However, AVGO-US's pre-tax margin is more than the peer median (24.7% compared to 11.1%) suggesting relatively tight control on operating costs.
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While AVGO-US's revenues growth has been above the peer median (16.8% vs. 7.4% respectively for the past three years), the stock's PE ratio of 15.2 is less than the peer median. This implies that the company's earnings are peaking and the market expects a decline in its growth expectations.
AVGO-US's annualized rate of change in capital of 13.9% over the past three years is around the same as its peer median of 13.9%. This investment has generated a better than peer median return on capital of 26.5% averaged over the same three years. The greater than peer median rate of return suggest that the company may be under investing in growth.
AVGO-US has reported relatively strong net income margin for the last twelve months (23.8% vs. peer median of 11.1%). This strong margin performance was accompanied by a level of accruals that was around peer median (5.5% vs. peer median of 6.2%) suggesting that the reported net income is supported by a reasonable level of accruals.
AVGO-US's accruals over the last twelve months are positive suggesting a buildup of reserves. However, this level of accruals is also around the peer median and suggests the company is recording a proper level of reserves compared to its peers.
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