Intel close to $15B Altera tie-up: Report

29 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Intel Should Buy Altera And Then You Should Buy Intel.

Citing a source close to the situation, the paper said Intel could pay as much as $54 a share—a 15 percent premium over Altera’s Thursday closing price of $46.97.Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) needs to acquire Altera (NASDAQ:ALTR) as a mechanism to protect its server business and extend its penetration into data center communications and storage products as well as other markets. If the deal does go ahead, it would be the biggest acquisition for $160-billion-market-cap Intel, according to the New York Post, and could help it move away from PC sales into faster-growing sectors like Altera’s data center programmable chips.

— Reuters US economy likely shrank in first quarter, but fundamentals strong: The US economy likely contracted in the first quarter as it buckled under the weight of unusually heavy snowfalls and a resurgent dollar, but activity since has rebounded modestly. CNBC reported earlier this month that the two companies had resumed talks about a possible deal, after earlier negotiations had fallen through in April.

Altera reportedly rejected an Intel $54 bid just a few months ago and then broke off sales talks, but that was before Altera issued disappointing earnings. A slide in the Philippines’ economic growth to its weakest in three years wraps up a slew of dismal data from South-East Asia and adds pressure on governments to unleash some of their fiscal spending firepower, given the limitation of monetary policy now. Since then, we had heard unconfirmed reports that a number of ALTR’s larger shareholders expressed displeasure that the presumed $54/share offer was rejected. After years of low interest rates and cheap money, consumers and companies across much of the region are burdened by weighty debts, making monetary stimulus less effective. Avago agreed Thursday to pay $37 billion for Broadcom. “A year ago it made sense for Intel to buy Broadcom when it was $25 a share, but not at $60,” said Stacy Rasgon, a senior analyst at Bernstein Research.

— Reuters Failed Japanese budget carrier Skymark Airlines Inc will be seeking court approval for a revival plan despite opposition from its creditors. European jet maker Airbus and aircraft leasing company Intrepid Aviation Ltd have threatened to block Japan’s biggest airline, ANA Holdings, from buying a 16.5% stake in Skymark in a bid to persuade ANA to purchase or lease Airbus jets, sources say. As you can see, it grew about 20% for the trailing 12 months ending March 30, 2015, and is expected to generate mid-teens growth for the next several years. – Reuters Airbus ponders new A320 output hike: Airbus is leaning toward a new increase in production of its A320 jet, raising the stakes in a battle with Boeing to translate record orders into tangible deliveries, but has yet to decide on the risks of handling unprecedented volumes. Intel’s largest acquisition to date was an $8 billion 2010 pickup of security company McAfee that as of now has not produced clear benefits, Rasgon said.

— Reuters Fiat Chrysler boss sure of a new merger in the auto industry by 2018: Sergio Marchionne says he expects a new merger in the auto industry by 2018, without confirming reports he proposed a tie-up with General Motors of the United States. The reason for the higher margins is that INTC can price based upon value to the customer in an environment that offers little in the way of alternatives. Additionally, the highest growth part of DCG is its cloud customers who are willing to pay more for semi-custom parts that deliver higher performance.

— AFP JPMorgan Chase to cut 5,000 jobs: The US banking giant will cut thousands of jobs in a cost-shaving programme aimed at saving US$5bil through 2017. Last fall INTC had 35 custom SKUs (stock keeping units) for cloud customers going to 50 this year and was willing to do full-custom silicon given the volumes the cloud players generate.

However, the second issue is that those same cloud customers and others would certainly love to have an alternative solution that may provide the benefit of price pressure, if only for the benefit of negotiating power. — AFP Japan posts lacklustre household spending, inflation: Japanese household spending unexpectedly fell in April while inflation and factory output were also lacklustre, a string of official data showed, aggravating concerns about the world’s third largest economy. Korea industrial output slumps further in April: The country’s industrial output declined for a second straight month in April, reflecting weak exports. The company has long been known for its manufacturing prowess and that translates into the ability to push its process technology faster than the competition and manufacture in volume on the leading edge.

— AFP Public Bank co-chairman Thong dies, aged 85: The bank’s chairman Tan Sri Dr Teh Hong Piow said “we are indeed greatly saddened by the loss” of Tan Sri Thong Yaw Hong, who died following a period of illness. FPGAs consist of logic blocks and memory that can be connected by an engineer at a customer (hence field programmable) to perform a repetitive task that may be common to that customer or application. April output index falls: Malaysia’s producer price index (PPI) for April fell 0.4% to 104.4 from 104.8 in March, due to a decline in production index of 0.7% while the import price index rose 0.4%. — StarBiz Malaysia Steel Works (KL) Bhd is unable to release the audited financial statement 2014 and the annual report for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2014.

The FPGA market is a $4-$5 billion market growing in the high-single digits and is dominated by two companies: Xlinix with about 50% market share, and ALTR with about 30% share. They have been replacing many application specific integrated circuits (ASIC), a $21 billion market and declining, since they arrived in the late 1980s. — StarBiz Tanjung Offshore adopts whistle-blowing policy: The company says the policy will provide directors and employees a platform to raise their concerns on any malpractices within the group and that it will strengthen corporate governance within the group.

— Bernama Ahmad Zaki Resources net profit falls: The company’s net profit for its first quarter falls 25% to RM2.27mil on lower operating income and increased finance costs, while revenue came in flat at RM153.05mil. Both generate solid cash flow yields but, because INTC has wafer fabrication facilities, its free cash flow yield ([CFO-Capex]/Revenue) is substantially lower, but that’s to be expected. What we see is that value is in the eye of the beholder (it always is or we wouldn’t have the delightful repartee that commentary elicits here at SA).

However, let’s throw out some “what ifs.” INTC has $21 billion in cash (net cash $8.6 billion) but is generating about $21 billion of cash from operations each year. Short-term debt coupled with some of the existing cash (say the net position of $8.6 billion) could be used and then paid off with the cash generated by operations. Assuming ALTR’s operations will continue to expand (as FPGAs continue to take market share from ASICs) there is the potential to grow their margins as well by leveraging INTC’s manufacturing.

INTC has been doing a solid job of reducing its shares outstanding (returning cash to shareholders) by about 200 million or 4% of the total over the last 12 months.

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