Saturday, October 10, 2015

Seeking Alpha: The Market Is Skeptical Toward ON Semiconductor ... As It Should Be

"Under-promise and over-deliver" is popular corporate speak, but apparently not a central part of the operating philosophy at ON Semiconductor (NASDAQ:ON). Although I do think that ON Semiconductor has some good things going for it and has done a respectable job of improving its cost structure, there has been a trend in place here for some time of promising more than is actually delivered.

That's an admittedly harsh opening statement on a company that, on balance, I still like. I wasn't all that fond of the shares back in March (and the price has fallen about 20% since), but the stock's performance relative to Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN), Maxim (NASDAQ:MXIM), and Fairchild (NASDAQ:FCS) hasn't been too bad over the last year (or three years), though NXP (NASDAQ:NXPI) has handily outperformed the group. With this pullback, I think the shares are once again a more interesting prospect, particularly given growth opportunities in wireless, computing, and autos, but for as much as the performance of these shares may be tied to future revenue growth and margin improvements, a stronger sense of credibility from management may be the biggest potential catalyst of all.

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The Market Is Skeptical Toward ON Semiconductor ... As It Should Be

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