Texas Instruments Earnings Preview: Revenue And Margins Set To Grow

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Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) is set to report its Q2 2017 earnings on July 25. The company reported strong numbers for Q1 as both revenue and EPS beat expectations driven by strong demand in the automotive and industrial segments. Additionally, its gross margin touched an all-time high of 63% in Q1 2017 on the back of an increasing proportion of analog production on 300mm fabrication facilities. We expect the growth momentum to sustain in Q2 2017 as well.

The company continues to focus on the industrial and automotive markets, where management has been allocating significant capital.  The company’s management believes that these markets will be the fastest growing semiconductor markets, as automation is set to bolster the semiconductor market in this industry. Currently, these two segments account for more than 50% of TI’s revenue and will be key growth drivers for the company going forward. Additionally, there is a possibility of a further increase in margins as TI shifts an increasing proportion of analog production to the 300mm production facilities.

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Margins Could Improve Further

TI’s effective manufacturing strategy has helped it increase its gross margin from 50% in 2012 to 63% in Q1’2017. The company has shifted its production to 300mm analog capacity, as manufacturing analog ICs in 300mm fabs is 40% cheaper for the company as compared to production on 200mm wafers. TI can continue to benefit from this strategy for the next couple of years as the utilization for 300 mm fab units improves and economies of scale impact margins positively. Additionally, to increase its 300mm production, TI is likely to ramp up its production from its RFAB and DMOS6 facilities, which have 300mm production equipment. Thus, there is still room for margins to increase in the next couple of years.

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