Avago Technologies Limited (AVGO) continues to trade near its 52-week high after reporting better than expected Q2 results in late May that included a 7% earnings surprise. With an attractive valuation and bullish next-year estimate, this stock has some nice upward momentum.
Avago Technologies Ltd. designs and develops analog semiconductor devices worldwide. The company was founded in 2005 and has a market cap of $5.4 billion.
The semiconductor industry has seen a big rebound in its business over the last year as consumers and businesses reignite the technology refresh cycle on an improving economic outlook. That dynamic helped Avago deliver another solid quarter on May 26 that included a 7% earnings surprise.
Revenue for the period was up 58% from last year to $515 million. Earnings were also strong, coming in at 45 cents, 7% ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company now has an average earnings surprise of 12% over the last three quarters.
CEO Hock Tan spoke about the trends driving the company’s growing revenue, saying, “This was driven by strong industrial infrastructure spending, especially in China.”
Avago also drove its bottom line with some solid margin expansion, with gross margin increasing to 45.2% of revenue from 42.5% last year.
Balance Sheet-Big Gains in Cash
The company’s cash position took a nice jump forward on the good quarter, up $112 million to $256 million against debt of $275 million.
We saw some movement in estimates off the good quarter, with the current year adding 19 cents to $1.86. The next-year estimate is up 23 cents in the same time to $2.05, a solid 10% growth projection.
But in spite of the solid Q2 results and bullish growth projection, AVGO still has value, trading with a forward P/E of 12X against the industry average of 15X.
AVGO recently rebounded from a key trend line to move back within striking distance of the 52-week high at $23.69. The stochastic below the chart says that AVGO is trading safely away from over-bought territory.