Broadcom’s fourth-quarter earnings overpassed Wall Street predictions Thursday. Still, traders had been put off by slowing growth in semiconductor enterprise and a lukewarm income forecast for 2020, sending its shares down about 2% in prolonged trade.
The 17-month lengthy commerce battle between the U.S. and China and sanctions on China’s Huawei Technologies pressured its core semiconductor enterprise for the past few quarters.
The company anticipates 2020 full-year revenue to be around $25 billion, plus or minus $500 million, beating analysts’ forecast of $23.79 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.
The scope pointed to a weaker-than-anticipated wireless enterprise, stated Kinngai Chan, an analyst with Summit Insights.
He added that $25 billion is not a robust outlook, with its semiconductor enterprise anticipated to develop at about 4% yearly to about $18 billion.
Broadcom, on a post-earnings call, stated that Symantec Corp’s enterprise security subsidiary, its newest $10.7 billion acquisition, is expected to add about $1.8 billion in 2020.
The 2020 guidance was a little light on Wall Street as revenue from Symantec was anticipated to be nearly $2 billion, stated Christopher Rolland, an analyst with Susquehanna Financial Group.
Shares of Broadcom initially surged aftermarket on better-than-anticipated 2020 revenue estimate boosted by coming 5G adoption.
The semiconductor business will return to yearly growth in the second half of the corporate’s fiscal year, Chief Executive Officer Hock Tan stated in a press release.
Apple 5G smartphone ramp will drive annual growth in its wireless business unit in the second half of 2020, added Chan.
Brokerage BofA Global Research Wednesday predicted that Apple 5G phones could make up virtually one-third of the global market for 5G smartphones in the subsequent three years.