Microsemi (MSCC) Stock Surges After PMC-Sierra Acquisition - TheStreet

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsemi  (MSCC)  stock closed up 5.20% to $35.63 on heavy trading volume on Wednesday, after the chipmaker announced it was buying rival PMC-Sierra (PMCS) for $2.5 billion in cash and stock.

Shares of Microsemi dropped after the deal was announced on Tuesday, but they reversed their earlier declines on Wednesday. 

The acquisition will benefit Microsemi by increasing its scale and diversifying its market exposure, the company said.

Microsemi will buy PMC for a 77.4% premium to the closing price of PMC's stock as of September 30.

"This acquisition will provide Microsemi with a leading position in high performance and scalable storage solutions, while also adding a complementary portfolio of high-value communications products," CEO James Peterson said in a statement. 

PMC-Sierra stock closed up 1.47% to $11.77 on Wednesday.

As of the market close on Wednesday, 2.7 million shares of Microsemi have traded, versus its 30-day average of 929,000 shares.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates MICROSEMI CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate MICROSEMI CORP (MSCC) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • MSCC's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Despite the fact that MSCC's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.20 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, MSCC's share price has jumped by 38.55%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.
  • MICROSEMI CORP's earnings per share declined by 23.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MICROSEMI CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.88 versus $0.23 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.20 versus $0.88).
  • 45.44% is the gross profit margin for MICROSEMI CORP which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MSCC's net profit margin of 7.69% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: MSCC

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