How much a stock's price changes over time is important for most investors, since price performance can both impact your investment portfolio and help you compare investment results across sectors and industries.
FOMO, or the fear of missing out, also plays a role in investing, particularly with tech giants and popular consumer-facing stocks.
What if you'd invested in Microchip Technology (MCHP) ten years ago? It may not have been easy to hold on to MCHP for all that time, but if you did, how much would your investment be worth today?
Microchip Technology's Business In-Depth
With that in mind, let's take a look at Microchip Technology's main business drivers.
Microchip Technology Inc. develops and manufactures microcontrollers, memory and analog and interface products for embedded control systems, which are small, low-power computers designed to perform specific tasks.
Chandler, AZ-based, Microchip reported total revenues of $6.821 billion in fiscal 2022.
Beginning from calendar year 2021, the company reports FPGA revenues combined with its licensing, memory and other or LMO segment revenues under a new revenue category referred to as “other.” The company has now three major product lines:
Microcontrollers (54.4% of fiscal 2022 revenues): This product portfolio comprises 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers and 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers. Microchip's expanding product portfolio driven by new microcontrollers’ roll outs aids it in expanding customer base and sustain its leading position in the market.
Analog (28%): These products consist of several families with approximately 800 power management, linear, mixed-signal, thermal management, RF Linear drivers, safety and security, and interface products. The line of mixed-signal products primarily includes data converters that convert data from analog to digital or vice versa.
Other (17.6%): The product line now comprises revenues from FPGA and LMO segments. LMO segment constitutes a combination of license fees and royalties related to SuperFlash technology, and fees for engineering services. Microchip licenses its SuperFlash technology to foundries, integrated device manufacturers and design partners across the world.
FPGA product line was primarily acquired as part of Microsemi acquisition.
In fiscal 2022, Americas, Europe and Asia contributed 25.5%, 19.2% and 55.3%, respectively to net sales.
Putting together a successful investment portfolio takes a combination of research, patience, and a little bit of risk. For Microchip Technology, if you bought shares a decade ago, you're likely feeling really good about your investment today.
A $1000 investment made in December 2012 would be worth $5,117.27, or a 411.73% gain, as of December 6, 2022, according to our calculations. Investors should note that this return excludes dividends but includes price increases.
Compare this to the S&P 500's rally of 183.75% and gold's return of -0.07% over the same time frame.
Analysts are forecasting more upside for MCHP too.
Microchip is riding on consistent strength in its analog and microcontroller businesses. The company’s dominance in 8,16 and 32-bit microcontrollers is driving top-line growth. Strategic acquisitions like Microsemi and Atmel have expanded the product portfolio. It is gaining from recovery in demand across industrial, automotive and consumer end-markets, on reopening of economies, globally. Collaboration with the likes of AWS is positive. Shares have outperformed the industry year to date. Nevertheless, supply-chain constraints related to semiconductors has been a headwind. The company could not meet demand with adequate supply as shipping of products were facing increasing backlogs. Microchip expects wafer fab, as well as assembly and test constraints, will persist through 2023 and beyond. Leveraged balance sheet is a concern for investors.
The stock has jumped 16.86% over the past four weeks. Additionally, no earnings estimate has gone lower in the past two months, compared to 10 higher, for fiscal 2022; the consensus estimate has moved up as well.
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