Semiconductor companies have been working hard to meet the unprecedented chip demand triggered by the mass digitization the business world is currently experiencing — doing everything from expanding capacity to forging new partnerships. Chipmaker Broadcom Corp. (NASDAQ: AVGO) is also witnessing a windfall, though to a lesser extent than its bigger rivals.
Since falling to a multi-year low in the early weeks of the pandemic last year, Broadcom’s value more than doubled, with the shares maintaining a steady uptrend. The company, which supplies products to the likes of Apple Inc. (AAPL) and IBM Corp. (IBM), is poised to create strong shareholder value in the coming months. The stock is probably on its way to breach the $500-mark, going by experts’ bullish outlook. Analysts almost unanimously recommend investing in AVGO now, citing its solid growth prospects. Interestingly, the stock looks fairly valued despite the recent rally and also offers good dividend yields.
The Silicon Valley-headquartered company, which is specialized in the development of a broad range of semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions, has set new records regularly in its earnings performance, supported by robust demand and a favorable pricing environment. It entered 2021 on a high note, reporting a 26% increase in earnings to $6.61 per share in the first three months. The record growth is attributable to the high demand that lifted the top-line to $6.65 billion, up 14% from last year.
Positive Cash Flow
While reaping the benefits of past growth initiatives, focused on strategic acquisitions, Broadcom is well-positioned to achieve its current goals, leveraging the positive cash flow that grew 35% to about $3 billion in the first quarter. The company closed a number of acquisitions in recent years, including the high-value buyouts of Symantec and CA Technologies. Had regulators granted approval, fellow chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM) would have become a part of Broadcom by now.
From Broadcom’s Q1 2021 earnings conference call:
“Our strategy of focusing on core accounts continues to perform well as we cross-sell our portfolio of software tools. In other words, our software portfolio continues to perform as we had planned and continues to be on track with our long-term financial model for organic software revenue growth of around mid-single-digit percentage year-over-year. And that’s something we expect to continue to see in Q2.”
Broadcom’s continuing association with top customers like Apple and its fabless business model, which reduces production cost significantly, add to the growth prospects. Also, the growing market share in the wireless and broadband communication industries should help the company tap unfolding opportunities in the 5G realm.
Broadcom’s stock market performance has been quite impressive over the past several months, and the shares climbed to an all-time high earlier this year. The stock closed the last session at $485.48.
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