Why This Nvidia Analyst Says Xilinx Makes More Sense For Graphic Chipmaker's M&A

NVIDIA Corporation NVDA shares have rallied strongly this year, thanks to its product momentum and opportunities created by the coronavirus pandemic.  

Amid rumors that Nvidia might be eyeing U.K.-based chipset maker Arm Holdings, an analyst said a potential acquisition of Xilinx, Inc. XLNX makes better sense for the graphics chipmaker.

Complementary Businesses: Arm is a licensing business and not a solutions business, Cascend Chief Investment Strategist Eric Ross said in a note.

Since Xilinx supplies different portions of the solutions in key areas such as data center, AI and NIC, video/broadcasting and automotive, Nvidia customers would buy from the company, the analyst said.

A Xilinx acquisition would help Nvidia diversify into areas — such as defense,  aerospace, communications and industrial — where it doesn't have much exposure as of now, he said.

This would provide the company with a long tail of customers, he said. 

"And bringing XLNX's architecture onto the CUDA development platform could dramatically enhance XLNX's attractiveness to developers."

Valuation Makes Sense: With a 25% premium from Xilinx's valuation, it would cost Nvidia $32.25 billion to buy Xilinx, Ross said.

Buying Xilinx at a 25% premium would be immediately slightly accretive from a valuation standpoint, the analyst said.

Even after a Xilinx purchase, Nvidia will have enough cash to buy Arm, he said. 

Nvidia's valuation will become even more compelling if it pursues a 3-to-1 stock split along with a Xilinx buy, Ross said.

A positive stock reaction to the split will help offset the dilution in stock price triggered by a potential Xilinx buy, the analyst said. 

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