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I may have been a tad quick on the trigger finger when I wrote Silicon Image (Nasdaq: SIMG  ) off as irrelevant to the future of digital media technologies. Once again, the company's quarterly results have absolutely crushed expectations -- and management sees only bigger and better things ahead.

Third-quarter sales of $60.5 million was 20% stronger than analyst expectations, and it still beat the Street if you back out the $7.5 million of positive impact from catch-up payments of renewed technology license agreements. $0.18 of non-GAAP earnings per share was more than three times what the average analyst had expected. The stock is racing to two-year highs on the report, including a 36% overnight boost. Yeah, you heard me right: 36% in one day. I guess nobody expected much out of Silicon Image -- I'm not the only skeptic.

As long as electronics manufacturers continue to build systems around technologies that Silicon Images owns important IP on, Silicon Image will make its investors very happy. And I guess we shouldn't expect Hollywood and Madison Avenue to allow them to do anything else, so Silicon Image is safe until further notice.

It's a heck of a racket, actually. Not only does Silicon Image profit nicely from selling its own chips, but also takes a cut of the revenue whenever large companies like Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN  ) , Analog Devices (NYSE: ADI  ) create HDMI transmitters and controllers for consumer electronics. I dare you to find a TV, a Blu-ray player, or some other set-top box in your favorite electronics store that doesn't feature this technology today -- and Silicon Image is also looking to extend its reach into mobile devices with the new MHL standard.

Like it or not, Silicon Image is doing all right. I'm adding this stock to my CAPS portfolio as a probable market-beater over the next five years. You could do worse than follow in my size 13 footsteps, given that my CAPS performance outranks 97% of all players.

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  • Report this Comment On October 28, 2010, at 1:42 AM, sandysanmina wrote:

    Anders, The 18¢ reported loses some off its valuation impact when you consider 10¢ of that is related directly to the Royalty catchup revenue that flowed directly to the bottom line.

    Mgmt has forecast the fourth quarter and first qtr to be modest revenue reductions from the adjusted $53 of this qtr. Looks to be fully valued at $6.25

    Glancing at a technical chart, one cannot double take the GAP Up,. It may be wise for investors to exercise caution and patience before committing to this, IMO it could well be back at $5 before any additional moves of significance take place. When i viewed the reaction to this stock's report I couldn't help thinking "IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE"

  • Report this Comment On October 29, 2010, at 11:48 AM, boardwalk97 wrote:

    Meet me at the Waffle House (IHOP)...what happened to your call on HDMI as a standard being replaced by what was it?

  • Report this Comment On October 31, 2010, at 8:07 AM, TMFZahrim wrote:

    You mean HDBaseT, boardwalk97?

    Yeah, you know... I suppose I'm just swallowing my pride and admitting that HDMI is too deeply entrenched to go anywhere in the near future. You can't release a piece of consumer electronics without an HDMI port or five these day unless you want people to point, laugh, and buy the competition. Well, Apple still gets away with it. There's another discussion that could scorch my asbestos suit. So anyway, HDMI still sucks for the consumer but the consumer doesn't have a say because you can't just vote with your wallet and buy an HDMI-less Blu-ray player or TV set even if you wanted to. I'm not sure buying component cables en masse would send a strong enough message. So Silicon Image sticks around, for better or for worse.

    Happy Halloween,


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