Shares of Tower Semiconductor (TSEM 6.50%) are gaining in Wednesday’s buying and selling. The corporate’s inventory was up 6.5% as of 1:45 p.m. ET in the present day.
Tower Semiconductor, which is on observe to be offered to Intel, printed outcomes for its second quarter earlier than the market opened in the present day, delivering gross sales and earnings that beat Wall Road’s targets. The inventory can be getting a lift from information that China’s antitrust regulator has permitted a merger between two different firms within the semiconductor area.
Tower recorded earnings per share (EPS) of $0.46 on income of $357 million, topping the typical analyst estimate’s name for EPS of $0.43 on gross sales of $354.53 million, in keeping with a ballot by Refinitiv. Income was roughly flat on a sequential quarterly foundation, nevertheless it was down roughly 16% yr over yr. In the meantime, EPS was down 13% yr over yr.
Extra so than with its second-quarter efficiency, the enhance for Tower is regulatory information out of China. The Israel-based firm, which specializes within the fabrication of analog semiconductors, is poised to be bought by Intel in a $5.2 billion deal however must clear key regulatory hurdles.
With information in the present day that China’s antitrust authority had permitted MaxLinear‘s $3.8 billion buy of Silicon Movement, traders appear extra optimistic in regards to the acquisition of Tower Semiconductor being accomplished.
With the corporate seemingly on observe to be offered to Intel, administration opted to not present third-quarter steering. In the intervening time, Tower’s inventory will probably be buying and selling along with forthcoming information on the acquisition entrance.
At its present inventory worth, the fabrication specialist would provide roughly 28% upside if the acquisition is accomplished. Then again, it is laborious to foretell what antitrust regulators will do on this case. Provided that Intel is a a lot larger participant in semiconductors than MaxLinear, it would not make sense to imagine that the Tower buyout will essentially undergo.
If the deal winds up being blocked, it is probably that Tower Semiconductor inventory would decline considerably from its present stage.
Keith Noonan has no place in any of the shares talked about. The Motley Idiot has positions in and recommends Tower Semiconductor. The Motley Idiot recommends Intel and recommends the next choices: lengthy January 2023 $57.50 calls on Intel and lengthy January 2025 $45 calls on Intel. The Motley Idiot has a disclosure coverage.