Saturday, August 1, 2015

Seeking Alpha: Softer Markets And Weak Execution Are An Ugly Mix For Atmel

I wasn't overly fond of Atmel's (NASDAQ:ATML) valuation back in March, but I did think there was a chance that this chip company would see itself swept up in the M&A boomlet across the chip industry. The market thought so too, taking the shares up almost 20% at the peak after my last article. Then harsh reality started to set in, as markets like computing, handsets, and general industrial started looking weaker and weaker. All told, the shares sit about 6% lower than where they were at the time of that last writing, but now sentiment is definitely more sour - on chips in general and Atmel's execution/guidance issues in particular.

I still think that a sale of the company is a distinct possibility. The company's microcontroller business represents a relatively scarce asset that could appeal to companies ranging from Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI) to Microchip (NASDAQ:MCHP) to Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN), with Avago (NASDAQ:AVGO) and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) as potential long-shot bidders as well. If the company doesn't sell, better execution is an absolute must and likely to be the first priority for the new (and as of yet unannounced) CEO. Atmel does have a legitimate opportunity in front of it with increasing chip content in autos and the growth of Internet of Things (or IoT) applications, but past foibles make it an entirely legitimate question as to if the company can actually deliver on the potential.

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Softer Markets And Weak Execution Are An Ugly Mix For Atmel

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