Broadcom Limited AVGO has reported mixed second-quarter fiscal 2019 results. Non-GAAP earnings of $5.21 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.17. The figure improved 6.8% from the year-ago quarter.
Non-GAAP revenues from continuing operations were $5.517 billion, up 10% from the year-ago quarter. The figure missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.663.
Notably, the stock has returned 4.2% in a year’s time, outperforming the industry’s growth of 3.2%.
Semiconductor solutions’ revenues (74% of total revenues) totaled $4.088 billion, down 10% from the year-ago quarter.
Infrastructure software revenues (26% of total revenues) skyrocketed 216% year over year to roughly $1.413 billion. Robust performance in SAN switching was a tailwind.
Revenues for Intellectual property licensing were $16 million during the reported quarter compared with $30 million in the year-ago period.
Furthermore, we believe that the company is well positioned to benefit from synergies from the CA buyout. In fact, CA’s strength in enterprise software offerings and substantial customer base are anticipated to enable Broadcom to explore the infrastructure software market and expand its TAM.
Non-GAAP gross margin expanded 540 basis points (bps) on a year-over-year basis to 72%. The increase was buoyed by favorable product mix and higher revenue base.
Non-GAAP operating expenses increased 15.2% year over year to $1.022 billion. Operating margin expanded 460 bps from the year-ago quarter to 53.5%.
As of May 5, 2019, cash & cash equivalents were $5.33 billion compared with $5.1 billion in the previous quarter. Long-term debt was $34 billion at the end of the fiscal second quarter compared with $34.1 billion in the prior quarter.
Broadcom generated cash flow from operations of roughly $2.67 billion compared with $2.1 billion in the previous quarter. Capital expenditure totaled $125 million, up from the last reported quarter’s $99 million. Free cash flow during the quarter under review was $2.54 billion.
During the reported quarter, the company repurchased approximately 4.7 million shares for $1.33 billion. Additionally, Broadcom returned $1.1 billion in forms of dividends to shareholders during the fiscal second quarter. The company also approved a quarterly cash dividend of $2.65 per ordinary share.
The company updated its outlook for fiscal 2019. Broadcom now forecasts non-GAAP revenues of almost $22.5 billion (previously $24.5 billion). The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the same is pegged at $24.32 billion.
Non-GAAP operating margin is now anticipated to be 52.5% (previously 51%).
The company continues to project capital expenditure of $550 million for fiscal 2019.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Currently, Broadcom carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are Match Group, Inc. MTCH, Universal Display Corp. OLED and Autohome Inc. ATHM, each flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Match Group, Universal Display and Autohome have a long-term earnings growth rate of 15.2%, 30% and 20.9%, respectively.
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