Friday, April 28, 2006

SigmaTel Is Running Out of Cash?

The Consumer Electronics Stock Blog writes that "following SigmaTel’s 1Q06 earnings report, Wedbush Morgan analysts Craig Berger and James Schneider sent a cautionary note to clients." Key excerpts include:

  • SigmaTel (SGTL) reported Q1 results in-line with its earlier pre-announcement, with Q2 revenue guidance of $40-46 million in line with our prior estimate of $42.6 million. Execution issues continue with management citing product transition challenges, a soft end market, and market share losses to low-end competitors as primary factors.
  • With a Q1 cash balance of only $51 million and prospects for continued MP3 chip commoditization, we believe the company may need to issue debt or raise cash as soon as Q3 to maintain management’s stated $30 million cash cushion target. Despite this, management plans to continue R&D spending increases until it gains more visibility into 2H’06 business.
  • Market share losses to Actions Semi appear to continue with the STMP3600 unlikely to reverse this slide; audio codecs are a bright spot.