Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, handset chip maker Skyworks Solutions (Nasdaq: SWKS ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Skyworks' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Woburn, Mass. (1962)|
|Market Cap||$3.84 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$986.7 million|
CEO David Aldrich (since 2000)
CFO Donald Palette (since 2007)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||10.8%|
|Cash/Debt||$383.8 million / $74.4 million|
Anadigics (Nasdaq: ANAD )
RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq: RFMD )
TriQuint Semiconductor (Nasdaq: TQNT )
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
This past summer, JJBull1 tapped Skyworks as a potent play on the iPhone's popularity: "Huge demand by [Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) ] and others, people can be broke and unemployed, but everyone has a cell phone."
Of course, Apple isn't the only wireless handset giant that uses Skyworks' energy-efficient chips. Nokia, Research In Motion, and Motorola are also among the whole host of technology blue chips that Skyworks sports as customers. And although Skyworks faces increasingly fierce price pressure, its trailing-12 month operating margin (15%) easily tops that of close rivals RF Micro (9.1%), TriQuint (8.5%), and Anadigics (-14.5%).
CAPS member HarryInBC elaborates:
In simple terms, Skyworks supplies the "guts" for everything from cell phones, to automotive computers, to satellite communication and much more. They are committed to green practices. Headquartered in the USA they also design, manufacture and sell around the world. ... There is a great demand for Skyworks' expertise, and their sales should continue to grow.
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