Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. MLNX delivered first-quarter 2019 non-GAAP earnings of $1.59 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.45. The reported figure also increased from 98 cents registered in the year-ago quarter.
Revenues of $305.21 million improved 21.6% from the year-ago quarter and also outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $301 million. Robust demand of Ethernet adapters, switches and LinkX cables drove the top line. Robust demand for InfiniBand product was an added positive.
Furthermore, Mellanox fortified its leadership in the 25 gigabit per second (gbps) and above merchant adapter market in the reported quarter.
In a year’s time, Mellanox stock has returned 53.1%, substantially outperforming the industry’s 18.9% rally.
Quarter in Details
Mellanox’s Ethernet business is doing well. Markedly, the need to access and process data at a faster speed owing to data growth is fueling increased demand for high-speed Ethernet adapters.
During the quarter under review, Mellanox announced the launch of a storage virtualization solution — NVMe SNAP (Software-defined, Network Accelerated Processing). Increased innovations in Mellanox’s Ethernet adapters, switches and cables are anticipated to bolster adoption further.
Additionally, the company has been attracting more customers backed by its strength in Ethernet-based portfolio. In this regard, it is imperative to mention that the company recently announced that JD.com JD, a Chinese e-commerce company, is leveraging its ConnectX Ethernet network adapters.
Per the press release, “HDR InfiniBand connected tens-of-thousands of compute and storage end-points across supercomputing, hyperscale, and cloud data centers around the globe to achieve breakthrough performance.”
Mellanox is witnessing massive demand for BlueField (system-on-a-chip device) from the world's leading hyperscale cloud and storage companies.
As on Mar 11, 2019, NVIDIA NVDA showed its intention to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Mellanox in an all cash deal.
Notably, the Israel-based Mellanox is one of the major suppliers of 25, 40, 50 and 100GB Ethernet adapters, switches and cables. The company enjoys a robust demand for its InfiniBand solutions. Mellanox’s customers include datacenter owners and the companies that build datacenter. Alibaba, Dell and Hewlett Packard Enterprise are some of its notable clients. This has made Mellanox an interesting acquisition target.
Non-GAAP gross margin in the first quarter was 68%, down 100 basis points (bps) on a year-over-year basis.
Non-GAAP operating expenses in the quarter were almost flat year over year and came in at $121.2 million. Non-GAAP operating income totaled $86.3 million compared with $52.1 million reported in the year-ago quarter. Non-GAAP operating margin was 28.3% compared with 20.8% in the year-ago quarter.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
Mellanox exited the first quarter with cash & investments worth $552.5 million compared with $438.5 million in the previous quarter.
In the first quarter, the company generated cash of $88.4 million from operations.
The pending acquisition of NVIDIA, refrained Mellanox from providing second-quarter guidance.
Zacks Rank and Key Pick
Mellanox has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A better-ranked stock in the broader technology sector is Yelp Inc. YELP, sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
The long-term earnings growth rate for Yelp is currently pegged at 18.6%.
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