Cavium completed an acquisition of QLogic and the cost savings will be huge. This should benefit the combined company in the months ahead.
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CAVM - Cavium Inc - Company Profile
Cavium, Inc. designs, develops, and markets semiconductor processors for intelligent and secure networks. It offers integrated semiconductor processors for wired and wireless networking, communications, storage, cloud, wireless, security, video, and connected home and office applications. The company's products also include a suite of embedded security protocols that enable unified threat management, secure connectivity, network perimeter protection, and deep packet inspection. In addition, it provides commercial grade embedded Linux operating systems, development tools, application software stacks, and support and services.
On August 17th, Cavium completes the $1.36 billion acquisition of QLogic. The acquired company has been around a long time and is a leading name in the Ethernet market. As of 2015, QLogic had a double digit market share lead over its peers. Pacific Crest believes Cavium will be able to reduce QLogic's manufacturing costs by 50% and this would help capture further market share gains on cost while expanding into congerged NIC and onboard LAN markets. That could produce another $1 billion in revenue.
Analysts raised estimates for Cavium revenue from $526 million to $957 million and earnings rose from $1.87 to $2.60.
Earnings Oct 26th.
Shares have been moving up since late June when the acquisition was announced. They plateaued at $55 over the last week but could be poised to move higher with resistance at $64.
With a CAVM trade at $56.40
Buy Nov $60 call, currently $3.20. Initial stop loss $52.85.
Optional: sell Nov $70 call, currently 75 cents. Initial stop loss $52.85.
Net debit $2.45
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