Skyworks Solutions, Inc. SWKS reported first-quarter fiscal 2020 non-GAAP earnings of $1.68 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.82%. The bottom line compares favorably with management’s guidance of $1.65 per share. However, the figure declined 8.2% from the year-ago quarter.
Revenues of $896.1 million outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $880 million. The figure outpaced the higher-end of the management’s guided range of $870 million to $890 million. However, the top line declined 7.8% from the year-ago quarter.
Management attributes better-than-expected performance to rapid roll out of 5G phones and growing clout of Sky5 product portfolio.
Per management, Mobile contributed 73% to revenues, while the balance came from broad markets.
Deal Wins Remain Noteworthy
During the reported quarter, Skyworks’ Sky5 product portfolio facilitated several 5G launches. The company’s offerings were selected by VIVO, Xiaomi and OPPO for 5G mobile platforms.
In the fiscal first quarter, the company initiated volume production of Wi-Fi 6 connectivity offerings for Belkin/Linksys and ZTE.
Moreover, Skyworks’ LTE-based IoT engines have been deployed by Sierra Wireless across transportation platforms and industrial gateways. The company’s offerings have been implemented by Sonos for indoor/outdoor portable smart speakers.
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Skyworks also rolled out Bluetooth Low Energy modules to power Proctor & Gamble’s infant monitoring solution.
The company is benefiting from strong demand of its wireless communications engines. Its expanding product portfolio, growing influence in the IoT solutions and 5G markets are key catalysts.
Skyworks is also enabling notable infrastructure customers to enhance 5G small cell architecture.
Non-GAAP gross margin contracted 90 bps on a year-over-year basis to 50.1%.
Huawei’s addition to entity list is likely to have negatively impacted gross margin. During the reported quarter, the company had to incur $5.6 million in non-recurring charge (GAAP), primarily comprising inventory write-downs related to Huawei.
Research & development expenses as percentage of revenues expanded 80 bps on a year-over-year basis to 12%. Moreover, selling, general & administrative expenses expanded 130 bps from the year-ago quarter to 6.2%.
Consequently, non-GAAP operating margin contracted 150 bps on a year-over-year basis to 35.2% in the reported quarter.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
As of Dec 27, 2019, cash & cash equivalents were $1.23 billion, up from $1.08 billion reported in the previous quarter.
Cash generated by operating activities was $398.4 million, compared with $417 million in the prior quarter. The company reported free cash flow $287 million, and free cash flow margin of 32%. Capital expenditure was $111.2 million in the reported quarter.
Skyworks repurchased 742,000 shares for a total of $74.2 million and paid out $75.1 million as dividends.
The company declared a quarterly dividend of 44 cents per share payable on Mar 3, 2020, to shareholders as on Feb 11, 2020.
Uncertainty pertaining to Huawei is keeping management cautious. For second-quarter fiscal 2020, revenues are expected to be in the range of $800 million to $820 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $787.5 million.
Non-GAAP earnings are anticipated to be $1.46 per share at the mid-point. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged at $1.40.
Skyworks is banking on portfolio strength to capitalize on the broad-based utilization of 5G infrastructure solutions across automotive, industrial IoT and advanced medical applications, among others.
Further, Skyworks continues to win content at mobile and OEMs like Samsung, OPPO, VIVO and Xiaomi, which is a tailwind.
The company delivered stellar fiscal first-quarter results, and issued promising fiscal second-quarter guidance. However, Huawei headwinds remain a concern.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
Currently, Skyworks has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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