Investing is all about returns, and investors want to see their money work. The tech sector has long been known for spectacular return on investment (ROI) among the giant corporations. Just think about Amazon’s (AMZN) sky-high share price, or Microsoft’s (MSFT) trillion-dollar market cap – but the average tech stocks have shown themselves to be vulnerable to market pressures, especially from China. In today’s environment, with US-China trade tensions continuing to simmer and fears growing of a Chinese crackdown in Hong Kong, it only makes sense to expect tech stocks to suffer.
But not all of them are. Here, we’ll look at two chip stocks that have been delivering for their shareholders, and have what it takes to succeed in these dynamic times.
Flagging Microchip Technologies for a Bullish Breakout
The semiconductor industry is broad, and Microchip Technologies (MCHP) has found its niche within it. The company focuses on integrated circuits, microcontrollers, and related processor chips for professional and home uses. MCHP’s products have a wide range of applications, from IoT to touchscreen technology to home appliances to the automotive, aerospace, and defense industries. It just goes to show that a narrowly focused product can have broader applications.
And broader applications are good for profits. MCHP is up 25% year-to-date, beating the S&P 500’s 16% return, and in its recent fiscal Q1 earnings report beat the EPS estimate by 12.8%, on revenues that met expectations. In an added bonus for investors, MCHP has a history of regular dividend payments at 36 cents per share quarterly. While a modest payout, it’s a bit of icing on top of that year-to-date share appreciation.
Wall Street’s top analysts are taking note of MCHP, acknowledging the company’s profitable niche and potential. 5-star Needham analyst Rajvindra Gill, who in January downgraded the stock, has since revised his stance and set it as a buying prospect. His $100 price target suggests an upside of 15% to the shares. (To watch Gill's track record, click here)
Gill is not alone going bullish on Microchip. 5-star analyst Hans Mosesmann of Rosenblatt, wrote, “We reiterate our Buy rating for MCHP with a $115 price target…” That price target indicates a 32% upside. And writing from B. 4-star Riley FBR, Craig Ellis said, “Q/Q revenue growth midpoint, coupled with CEO Sanghi’s positive tone, embolden confidence growth is returning for chip suppliers…” Ellis set a bullish $120 price target, suggesting he sees room for a 38% upside potential.
Overall, Microchip has a Strong Buy from the analyst consensus, based on 8 recent ratings including 7 buys and 1 hold. The average price target, $109, suggests an upside of 25% from the current share price of $90. (See MCHP's price targets and analyst ratings on TipRanks)
Broadcom Stock Has 25% Upside, Says Merrill Lynch
Broadcom (AVGO) Stock is up 9% so far this year, which underperforms the broader market indexes, but for return-minded investors AVGO’s dividend more than compensates the slower share gains. At 3.74%, the yield is double the S&P 500 average, and the high share price makes the payout $10.60 cents per share annualized.
5-star Merrill Lynch analyst Vivek Arya took note of Broadcom’s recent acquisition efforts, specifically the company’s attempt to purchase cybersecurity company Symantec (SYMC). Arya writes, “In July, there were media reports of Broadcom being in talks to buy Symantec as a whole. The latest deal is reportedly for Symantec’s enterprise security business, which is a better fit for Broadcom than acquiring the entire company.” Arya goes on to note that Broadcom has a successful history of M&A, saying “the strategy has proved to be extremely effective in consistently generating free cash flow.” Arya’s approval of AVGO stock is reflected in $345 price target and 27% upside prediction on the stock. (To watch Arya's track record, click here)
5-star analyst Mitch Steves, writing from RBC Capital, also takes a bullish stance on AVGO. In initiating coverage with a Buy rating last month, Steves said, “The stock offers potential for multiple expansion given the company's long-term earnings growth well into double digits and a healthy capital allocation.” Steves’ price target for Broadcom, $320, suggests a 18% upside.
Broadcom’s analyst consensus rating is a Strong Buy, derived from 23 buy ratings and 7 holds given in the past three months. Shares are selling for $277 and the stock carries an average price target of $313, giving it an upside potential of 15%. (See AVGO's price targets and analyst ratings on TipRanks)