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NXP Semiconductors stock target increased on March quarter results

EditorNatashya Angelica
Published 05/02/2024, 12:26 AM
Updated 05/02/2024, 12:27 AM

On Wednesday, Mizuho Securities adjusted its outlook on NXP Semiconductors NV shares (NASDAQ:NXPI), raising the price target to $265 from the previous $225. The firm maintained a Neutral rating on the stock.

The semiconductor company reported financial results for the March quarter and provided guidance for the June quarter that were in line with expectations, displaying performance consistent quarter-over-quarter and surpassing that of its industry peers.

NXP Semiconductors' automotive segment saw a slight year-over-year decline of 1%, contrasting with the 3% growth of competitor ON Semiconductor (NASDAQ:ON) and the low single-digit percentage decline of Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN). Despite this, the company's gross margins remained solid and were noted to be more stable than those of its peers.

The company's guidance for the June quarter was flat in comparison to the previous quarter, with expectations of stable gross margins tempered by the automotive sector's weakness and a modest industrial rebound.

The firm's analyst cited cautious optimism for a potential recovery in the second half of 2024, expecting overall revenue for the year to remain roughly flat compared to the previous year. The price target was increased based on these adjusted estimates, reflecting the company's effective management of gross margins in comparison to its competitors.

NXP Semiconductors has been navigating through a challenging period where automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) inventories remain high, and the company has under-shipped in 2023 and into the first half of 2024. Moreover, the benefits from key pricing tailwinds are expected to moderate, according to the firm's analysis.

The firm's commentary highlighted the semiconductor company's solid execution in terms of gross margins despite concerns from investors, particularly regarding the automotive sector, as it moves forward in a market environment where pricing is projected to remain flat year-over-year in 2024.

InvestingPro Insights

As NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI) continues to demonstrate resilience in a challenging market, real-time data from InvestingPro provides a detailed picture of the company's financial health and market performance.

With a market capitalization of $65.61 billion, NXP Semiconductors is trading at a P/E ratio of 22.84, reflecting investor confidence in its earnings potential. The company has shown a significant return over the last week with a 9.0% increase, and the stock price is currently trading near its 52-week high, at 96.95% of the peak value.

InvestingPro Tips highlight that NXP Semiconductors has not only raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years but also boasts a dividend yield of 1.58%, showcasing its commitment to returning value to shareholders.

Analysts have revised their earnings upwards for the upcoming period, indicating positive sentiment surrounding the company's financial prospects. Moreover, the company's strong return over the last three months, with a 20.79% increase, underscores its robust performance in the market.

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