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SWKS earnings call for the period ending September 30, 2021.

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Skyworks Solutions (SWKS 0.44%)
Q4 2021 Earnings Call
Nov 04, 2021, 4:30 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Operator

Good afternoon, and welcome to Skyworks Solutions' fourth quarter and fiscal year 2021 earnings call. This call is being recorded. At this time, I will turn the call over to Mitch Haws, investor relations for Skyworks. Mr.

Haws, please go ahead.

Mitch Haws -- Investor Relations

Thank you, Rachel. Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to Skyworks' fourth fiscal quarter and year-end 2021 conference call. With me today are Liam Griffin, our chairman, CEO, and president; and Kris Sennesael, our chief financial officer. Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone that our discussion will include statements relating to future results and expectations that are or may be considered forward-looking statements.

Please refer to our earnings press release and recent SEC filings, including our annual report on Form 10-K for information on certain risks that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially and adversely from any forward-looking statements made today. Additionally, the results and guidance we will discuss includes non-GAAP financial measures consistent with our past practice. Please refer to our press release within the Investor Relations section of our company website for a complete reconciliation to GAAP. With that, I'll turn the call to Liam.

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Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Thanks, Mitch, and welcome, everyone. Before I touch on the fourth fiscal quarter results, I want to highlight the significant accomplishments that underpin a record-breaking year for Skyworks. First, total revenue grew to $5.1 billion, 52% ahead of last year, representing an increase of over $1.7 billion. We increased earnings per share to $10.50, up 71%.

Operating cash flow expanded to $1.8 billion, an increase of 47%, and we completed a strategic and compelling acquisition, immediately diversifying our product portfolio, and expanding our market reach. Finally, with the investments we've made, Skyworks navigated a complex supply chain environment, leveraging world-class manufacturing capabilities across strategic technology. Now turning to Q4, where Skyworks delivered record performance. Revenues in our mobile and broad markets portfolios both grew at double-digit rates sequentially and year over year as we capitalized on broad-based momentum, fueled by demand for our unique connectivity solutions.

Specifically, we delivered revenue of -- $1.31 billion, achieved gross margin of 51% and operating margin of 37.2%. We posted earnings per share of $2.62, exceeding our guidance by $0.09, and generated strong operating cash flow totaling $398 million in the quarter. The complexity inherent in 5G and the demand for highly integrated solutions were a major catalyst in driving our performance. The momentum in global 5G carrier subscription is building with estimates of 580 million users today, expanding to more than 3 billion users by the end of 2025.

As expected, smartphones are leading the early transition, but new innovative use cases are emerging from automotive and industrial IoT, to enhance virtual reality, gaming, and telemedicine. Importantly, the power of 5G is increasingly being harnessed to drive sustainability efforts across industries worldwide, providing the wireless backbone to AI-powered ecosystems, combining measurement, analysis, and optimization. For example, a major U.S. manufacturer is combining wireless sensor-enabled cameras with artificial intelligence to reduce chemical usage by 90%.

And a European start-up is deploying wireless climate sensors and agricultural applications to drive crop yields up to three times. Looking ahead, 5G has the capacity to manage diverse connections across industries as it becomes the universal connector from the home to the office to the factory floor and to the farm. Skyworks is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this transformation with decades of connectivity leadership. The acceleration of 5G powered a broad set of use cases in Q4 with design wins encompassing the newest, most innovative smartphones and IoT devices, as well as gains in wireless infrastructure.

Specifically, in mobile, we accelerated the reach of our Sky5 portfolio, powering the latest launches at leading Tier 1 smartphone OEMs supporting more than 20 platforms. In addition, we shipped Sky5 solutions across Samsung Galaxy's tablet portfolio. In IoT, we continue to gain new customers and expand content. We delivered 5G CPE connectivity solutions to Nokia.

We partnered with Swisscom to launch their WiFi 6 GPON residential gateway. We ramped WiFi 6 and 6E platforms at NETGEAR and Cisco. Launched connectivity and home security devices with Amazon, Ring, and Comcast and captured design wins at Garmin supporting mobile fitness applications. In automotive, we supported autonomous driving systems with a market-leading Robotaxi platform and enabled advanced Charge Control Unit systems for a Tier 1 European automotive OEM.

Across the infrastructure markets, we provided power isolation solutions to a strategic manufacturer of EV including residential solar and energy storage systems, and we secured multiple design wins in next-generation MIMO and small cell base station installations. Moving ahead, we see a multiyear secular technology evolution with our aperture widening from smartphones to industrial, automotive, and an expansive set of IoT devices. Skyworks is fueling this dramatic technological shift with our unique capabilities, integrating not only 5G, but increasingly with our other critical connectivity protocols, including high-performance Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and precision GPS. As these opportunities emerge, Skyworks is positioned to win.

With the breadth and depth of our customer relationships established over 20 years, our experience across multiple technology transitions, and a dedicated and talented workforce that executed extraordinarily well during fiscal 2021. With that, I will turn the call over to Kris.

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Liam. Skyworks revenue for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2021 was $1.311 billion, up 17% sequentially and up 37% year over year, driven by both mobile solutions and broad markets. Gross profit in the fourth quarter was $668 million, resulting in a gross margin of 51% up 40 basis points sequentially and 60 basis points year over year. Operating expenses were $180 million or 13.8% of revenue, demonstrating leverage in our operating model while continuing our strategic investments in support of future growth.

We generated $488 million of operating income, translating into an operating margin of 37.2%. We incurred $11 million of other expenses, and our effective tax rate was 8%, driving net income of $439 million. So, top-line momentum and execution on margins drove diluted earnings per share of $2.62 ahead of consensus estimates. EPS grew 22% sequentially and increased 42% compared to Q4 of last year.

Turning to the balance sheet and cash flow. Fourth fiscal quarter cash flow from operations was $398 million. Capital expenditures were $263 million, and we paid $93 million in dividends and repaid $250 million of our term loan. Let's also review our record-breaking full fiscal year performance.

Revenue grew 52% to $5.1 billion, adding over $1.7 billion in incremental revenue over fiscal 2020. Gross profit was $2.6 billion, resulting in a gross margin of 50.9%. Operating income increased 73% to $2 billion with an all-time record operating margin of 38.2%, up 450 basis points from the prior year. Net income was $1.8 billion, translating into $10.50 of diluted earnings per share, up 71% year over year.

Cash flow from operations was up 47% to $1.8 billion. And during fiscal 2021, we returned $536 million of cash back to the shareholders with $340 million in dividends and $196 million in share buybacks, all during Q1 of fiscal '21. Starting in Q2 of fiscal '21, we temporarily suspended our share repurchase program in connection with the acquisition of the Infrastructure & Automotive business from Silicon Labs. Given the strength of our business and the progress we have made on integrating the acquisition and given the low leverage ratio of less than one turn, going forward, we will, from time to time, consider share repurchases as part of our capital allocation strategy depending on market conditions, and in addition to our dividend program and further term loan repayments.

In summary, the Skyworks team executed exceptionally well, delivering record revenue, profitability, and cash generation, while making the investments that advance our technology leadership and manufacturing footprint in order to drive long-term profitable growth. Now let's move on to our outlook for Q1 of fiscal 2022. We expect to deliver another quarter of double-digit sequential revenue and earnings-per-share growth in the December quarter. Specifically, we anticipate revenue between $1.475 billion and $1.525 billion.

At the midpoint of $1.5 billion, revenue for the quarter is expected to increase 14% sequentially. Gross margin is projected to be in the range of 51% to 51.5%. We expect operating expenses of approximately $184 million to $187 million. And below the line, we anticipate roughly $10 million in other expense and a tax rate of approximately 9.5%.

We expect our diluted share count to be approximately 167.5 million shares. Accordingly, at the midpoint of the revenue range, we intend to deliver diluted earnings per share of $3.10, an increase of 18% sequentially. And with that, I'll turn the call back over to Liam.

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Thanks, Kris. Skyworks' record financial performance demonstrates our ability to capture robust demand across a diverse set of customers and end markets. Our execution has been powered and fortified by deep customer relationships, coupled with decades of investments with a square focus on execution and best-in-class performance. Looking ahead, Skyworks will continue to strategically invest in next-generation technologies and capital expansion, positioning us for market leadership and sustainable growth as a transition to 5G and other advanced connectivity technologies accelerates.

That concludes our prepared remarks. Operator, let's open the line for questions.

Questions & Answers:


Operator

Thank you. [Operator instructions] Given time constraints, please limit yourself to one question and one follow-up. Your first question comes from the line of Gary Mobley from Wells Fargo Securities. Please proceed with your question.

Gary Mobley -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Hey guys. Thanks for taking my question. I want to start out just simply by asking about the revenue mix between broad markets and mobile, not only for the quarter but is embedded in your guidance?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Gary, I'll start with that, and I'll provide some numbers and then Liam can provide some more qualitative commentary. In Q4 the quarter -- the September quarter that we just closed, broad markets was approximately 29% of total revenue. So, that was basically up 31% on a year-over-year basis and up 13% sequentially. Also, I just want to point out on a full-year basis, broad markets was over $1.4 billion in revenue, growing at 45% on a year-over-year basis.

So, very strong performance in our broad markets business. On the flip side, of course, we had mobile, in Q4 was 71% of our revenue, up 40% year over year and up 19% sequentially. So, really strong execution there, of course, as we supported the ramp of new phone platforms at our largest customer. On a full-year basis, just in mobile, we did more than -- or approximately $3.7 billion of revenue, up 55% on a year-over-year basis, clearly, supported by the early adoption of 5G.

And maybe, Liam, if you want to add something on broad markets.

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Yeah. I mean, to reiterate Kris's comments, we continue to catalyze our broad market portfolio, gaining customers, gaining content, moving into new industries. The customer roster continues to get better and stronger, names like Honeywell, names like Ford, looking at some of the players that we see in the infrastructure space with Nokia and others, and plenty of room to grow from there. So good work in broad markets.

As Kris noted, we've got some substantial top line. We're going to continue to drive that. Our research and development folks are driving innovation every day, not just in broad but also deeply in mobile. And that recipe is working very well.

In addition, the manufacturing assets that we have and the technology development that we put forth really gives us the flexibility to hit each and every one of those customers in a way that they want to see the products.

Gary Mobley -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Appreciate the color, guys. As my follow-up, I wanted to do sort of a welfare check on the I&A acquisition to maybe perhaps ask if we can get an update on if they performed according to your expectation for the quarter? If it's performing according to your expectation as we start the new fiscal year? And then as well, now that it will be a full-year contributor, what the overall impact to the company's gross margins may be? Thank you.

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Gary. So, we closed the acquisition of the Infrastructure & Automotive business of Silicon Labs on July 26. And so, we had two out of the three months included into our September quarter. We are very excited and pleased with the acquisition.

Again, I believe we paid a fair price for a very talented group of people with great technology, a strong product lineup in some really high-growth markets like electrical vehicles, the solar business, data center, data communication, 5G infrastructure, and so on. So, the business, since we've acquired it in the last two months in September, has performed really well in line with our expectations. We are not going to break out every revenue of every subproduct line that we have in our portfolio. We will report the revenue contributions within our broad market segment.

But again, the business is performing well. We are really happy with the acquisition, and we'll continue to drive further growth in that business as we explained at the time of the acquisition.

Gary Mobley -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Thanks, Kris.

Operator

Thank you. The next question comes from the line of Harsh Kumar from Piper Sandler. Please proceed with your question.

Harsh Kumar -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Hey, guys. First of all, let me just congratulate you guys on some pretty solid results based on all the volatility in the market and supply issues. I wanted to follow up on Gary's question earlier. You were gracious enough to give us a September breakdown.

But may I trouble you to ask about how you think mobile versus broadband will perform in the December quarter? And then I've got a follow-up.

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. So, we just guided for total company at $1.5 billion, which is up 14% sequentially. And we do see both mobile and broad markets growing at double digits sequentially, probably a little bit stronger in mobile than in broad markets, but both at the double-digit sequential growth.

Harsh Kumar -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

OK. Understood, guys. And then there's a lot of talk about China trends right now, and there's a lot of mixed signals being given by the earnings that are coming out. I was hoping you could -- Liam, you could talk about what you -- what kind of trends you're seeing in the Chinese market? If you're seeing any mix shift up or down either ways that may be benefiting you are not benefiting you? Just curious what color you got in China.

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Sure. Sure, Harsh. Appreciate it. Yes.

Well, as you know, we've been a player in China for years and have been able to navigate the ecosystems and the platforms regardless of baseband partnerships. And that continues. So, we've got a great position with the OVX portfolios, continuing to drive them up into the 5G lanes, which brings content up for us. The business has been very solid for us.

Now we know there's tremendous upside given the low base relatively in China smartphone. So, we're certainly well positioned to navigate through that. We definitely have the technology that is needed to make that lift in China. And our numbers there continue to look very strong.

So, it's a great part of the portfolio. It definitely is an opportunity to kind of enrich the technology within those phones. They're still a little bit lighter than some of the flagships that we have in the U.S. But we have to know how to do it.

The other thing about the China market is they want integration. They want labs to fast types of products. They want our applications engineers. They need people that can make the job easier for them and fulfill a smooth transition to the consumer.

So, all that stuff around the edges, that's our bread and butter. So, we are a great advocate there, and we're a great partner to those OEMs.

Harsh Kumar -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Thanks, Liam.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question comes from the line of Timothy Arcuri from UBS. Please proceed with your question.

Timothy Arcuri -- UBS -- Analyst

Thanks a lot. Kris, now that the fiscal year is over, can you give us a sense of what your top customer was for fiscal '21?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. The top customer came in at 59% of total revenue on a full-year basis. By the way, in Q4, that was approximately the same 59%, which is slightly up from the Q4 of fiscal '20, which was at 56%. But of course, you have to take into account the timing of the launch of some of the new smartphone platforms there.

I mean, this is a big number, but it really underscores the deep customer engagement that we have with this customer, by the way, not only in their smartphone lineup but almost in every other product that they have and that they sell, you will find Skyworks inside. Also, in Q4, the quarter we just closed, the Skyworks team really executed well, supporting the launch and the ramp of a new smartphone platform that yet again, for now almost 10 or 13 times in a row, we were able to obtain higher dollar content per phone as witnessed by the tier downs that came out when the phone came out. And you can see when you look at the tier downs, we really provided multiple high-performance, very complex, highly integrated solutions, multiple sockets in that form that includes, in many cases, multiple best-in-class filters, including TC-SAW and bulk acoustic wave technology across the transmit chain, the receive chain, as well as many other functionalities, including GPS and WiFi, of course. So, great execution there by the team.

Timothy Arcuri -- UBS -- Analyst

Thanks a lot for that, Kris. I guess as my follow-up, there's kind of a lot of noise in the China market. I know that you don't have as much exposure to the domestic market or at least the Chinese OEMs as some of your peers do, but there's some diverging data points. I mean, end market sell-through is not great.

But definitely, the high tier seems pretty tight. So, can you just talk about what you're seeing in China maybe -- and maybe you can have a distinction between sell-in and sell-through? Thanks.

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Yeah. I mean, the China market is important to us, and we've played that quite well. We have great partnerships with all the leading brands. I think the key here, and Kris kind of mentioned it, it's all about performance.

It's not just -- it's not phone to phone, it's technology to technology. And you see a very, very different technology in the higher-end players in China, where they are embracing the kinds of increasingly complex signals that Kris mentioned, using bulk acoustic wave, using our TC-SAW, using an integrated approach, a Sky5 approach. In that side of the field, it's great, and we have a tremendous opportunity. We're continuing to grow the content because the complexity is going up.

The complexity is what's driving the content. So, we're making that adoption happen rapidly depending -- independent of market conditions. And we're also trying to uplift the lower end. There's still a pretty high percentage of lower-end phones in China that we want to uplift and bring them to full 5G capability.

And in those cases, you could have a $2 to $3 content that could move to $4 to $5. And so, there's pretty good leverage on that side. So, you've got multiple market focuses within China. We're able to address all of them from the highest to the most economical.

And that's one of the strategies that's worked for us. And very often, the first phone that we may work with a customer, we'll have that customer for five to 10 years and continue to move the dial on content and performance as we step along. So, it's really a strategy around bringing the best technology to the customer and having that be enjoyed and celebrated by the end user.

Timothy Arcuri -- UBS -- Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question comes from the line of Ambrish Srivastava from BMO. Please proceed with your question.

Ambrish Srivastava -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Thank you very much. Liam, we heard conflicting commentary yesterday from two of your peers. Just wanted your perspective on constraints. And if -- clearly, it seems like it's not impacted your business.

But how has that trended? And more importantly, given the very well-publicized shortfall in one of your large customers, what does that mean for the March quarter seasonality? And then I had a follow-up for you, Kris.

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

OK. We'll try to unpack that one at a time. With respect to our ability to execute and deliver in cases maybe where some others were not able to do that, is really about investments that we've made and investments that we made early. So, if you let me indulge here for a minute, go back to where we were a year ago.

we went from $3.3 billion to $5.1 billion in one year, in one year with no M&A. How do we do that? Well, we made those investments months and months, six to 12 months before to ready ourselves to win. And also knowing that we have the right customer set that appreciated the performance and technology that we could bring to the market. And so that worked great for us, and we executed tremendously.

So, the upside to that is those capital assets and those technology investments are there. They're on the job today, but there's a lot more we need to do. So, of course, we were nipped up a little bit here in the supply chain issues and shortages. But having our assets in-house, and you've heard me talk about this for a long time, having those assets in-house are strategic.

It's critical. It's what customers want to see, all the way from gallium arsenide to packaging, assembly, and test, TC-SAW, bulk acoustic wave, standard SAW, all of that. We can mix and match to put the right solution together. So, that is one of the reasons why our numbers here that we're talking about today, they're very strong.

And certainly, we're experiencing the same market environment, but it was the ability to invest early, drive that cash flow, drive that performance to continue to do that and then bring those products to market in ways that are very flexible and having the ability to go from IoT to 5G, to Bluetooth, to WiFi -- whatever the connectivity protocol may be, we will have the technology execution vehicles within our company to execute for our customers.

Ambrish Srivastava -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Sorry. And what about the seasonality for March?

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Yeah. I mean, we're not going to get into March at this point. March tends to be a little bit of the soft spot in the year. I mean, that's been traditional, but we don't really have a guide here at March at this point.

Ambrish Srivastava -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Got it. Got it. OK. Thank you, Kris.

I had a quick one and a longer one, sorry. The quick one is capital -- capex for this fiscal year. And really just looking at your cap intensity, I think it ties back to what Liam just said. It's much higher than -- at least your closest peer.

So, should we expect it to stay in the high single-digit, double-digit? And then longer term, you now have a business that has a much bigger footprint of higher-margin, broad, diversified business segments [Inaudible]. So, is it the time to revisit the long-term margin target? And why should it not trend up versus what you have given us in the past? Thank you.

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So, first of all, on the capex in fiscal '21, capex was running at about 12% to revenue, which is somewhat in line with the last couple of years. We've been in that 10%, 12% range. And we're very fortunate that we did make the investments.

I mean, as we just explained, we grew the revenue 50 -- more than 50% year over year. If we would not have made the necessary investments in our manufacturing footprint. By the way, not only just expanding the capacity but also adding new technology and improving the performance of our technology and our products that was a very smart decision by the team here, proactively putting that capacity in place. And that's why -- I mean, there is a lot of supply issues in the world, but it's not necessarily because of Skyworks.

I mean, there is tightness and there are -- we're not perfect, right? The demand is higher than the supply, but Skyworks has, compared to peers and competitors and other industry players, executed really well because we did not hesitate and put the capex in place. And again, this is just the beginning of a long 5G cycle, the beginning of WiFi upgrade, the beginning of proliferation of 5G outside of mobile into broad markets. And so, we are not going to hesitate that we are going to make the necessary investments to further continue and support the growth of the business. As it relates to gross margin, we did 51%, so we went up 40 basis points sequentially, up 60 basis points year over year.

I mean, we all wish it was higher, and the team will continue to work and drive it higher. But I've talked about that before. We are still facing COVID-19 headwinds. And yes, it is a tight supply constrained environment, and we are facing some input cost increases right now.

Again, the team is handling it very well. We continue to drive further operational efficiencies. And when you put it all together, we have a path to further improve gross margins over time.

Ambrish Srivastava -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Thank you, Kris.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question comes from the line of Chris Caso from Raymond James. Proceed with your question.

Chris Caso -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Yes, thank you. Good evening. Question is on the magnitude of the content gains this year. And based on your guidance, it looks like second half mobile revenue is up about 9% year on year and looking at the second half to normalize for the different product launches.

But I guess the question is out of that 9%, is that all attributable to content? Is there any kind of unit growth in there? Is there any unit decline baked in those numbers? I recognize that we're coming off some pretty exceptional content gains last year but trying to gauge what they look like this year.

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Yeah, Chris, I mean, we certainly see the opportunity to again put forth greater content, greater value, and it comes with technology, right? So, I think our teams are constantly crafting and developing next-generation solutions and also broadening the reach. So, it isn't just a certain set of customers. It's a broader set of customers. And what we find is that there's just a tremendous need for performance, right? I mean, performance is really what's going to drive this.

And then performance really means that you've got to deliver the technology behind that. So, we're spending a lot of money in that area. But strategically, we've got some great R&D folks in-house that are crafty that know how to get stuff done and developing solutions for the next wave, right? Markets like WiFi 6 and 6E are also right now in a great position for growth as we move forward. And I think connectivity around WiFi is going to be great, and we'll complement what we're doing in classic mobile device.

So, I think there's a lot of good stuff going on. The appetite with our customers is fantastic. I mean, there's no end to the ideas, on the inquiries and the challenges that we're being asked to address, which is great. I mean, I'd much rather talk about that than worry about supply chains.

And I think on the supply chain side, we're doing quite well. But we really want to continue to raise our bar with our technology and our R&D teams and our execution to bring customers the performance levels that they really need.

Chris Caso -- Raymond James -- Analyst

OK. Well, I was going to ask you a follow-up question on the supply chain then. So, it's something you don't want to talk about. But with regard to some of the supply constraints, and we've heard from many others in the industry that you weren't able to -- many haven't been able to ship everything that the customers wanted here in the second half of the year.

Is that still happening with you folks? Are you still constrained to the fact that you can't ship everything that customers ask for? And does that suggest that there's going to be some catch-up in terms of your shipments as you go into the seasonally slower first half of the calendar year?

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Yeah. I mean, it's a tricky situation. On one hand, the fact that we have our own manufacturing assets allows us to be really close to the demand curve. So, we're not subject to these big overhangs where we're waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for parts.

We're making our products. So, we're largely an in-house technology company with -- around the edges, we will use some fabless partners. So, our exposure to that is much, much lower than others. Do we still have some effects? Of course, because it only takes one or two parts that could muck up a finished product and everybody understands that.

So, it does create some wrinkles. But I would say that given the work that we've done at Skyworks for years and then more lately, as we talked about, as evidenced by the 3.3% to 5.1%, the ability to stretch and scale the business is a pretty good indicator of what our capabilities are. So, I believe that we're going to do very, very well when we've got a tailwind, and we're going to do well when it's a muddy field. We're capable of doing it either way.

And again, a lot of that has to do with managing your own technologies, making those investments, with your own people, your own teams, and platforms that you know exactly where they're going to go. So that's kind of our strategy as we go forward. And I think that going to work very, very well for the future.

Chris Caso -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Your next question comes from the line of Edward Snyder from Charter Equity Research. Please proceed with your question.

Edward Snyder -- Charter Equity Research -- Analyst

Thanks a lot. Kris, one of the standout parts that you landed at your largest customer is the transmit diversity module, which is a very rich part uses BAW filters, as well as I'm sure TC-SAW, you've not had that before. I know it's one part among many. But given the content in that part, I would expect the margins on that are going to be better than, at least the average, if not highest among that.

And given the customer, the unit volumes would be pretty high. Should we expect that we see more of those, not just at that customer, but at others as Samsung and those folks move to more of the sophisticated 5G features that would be a significant margin driver for you given the size of mobile and the size of these customers?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

So, I assume you can understand, I can't discuss specific gross margin on specific parts for specific customers. But it --

Edward Snyder -- Charter Equity Research -- Analyst

But I think it was a trend. I'm looking for the trend because 5G, obviously, for the high-end phones is now moving from basic connectivity to vast, the more advanced connectivity in part and parcel that are going to be transmit DRx modules, so this is the first one we see. So, as we see more of those in all phones, especially from you, should we expect margin to increase, too?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. No, absolutely. And I've talked about that before, right? The largest contributor to our overall gross margin improvement strategy is to bring higher complexity, higher value-added, more highly integrated parts that really enhances the performance of the product of our customer. And our customers understand that that requires a lot of R&D, that that requires capex dollars to be invested, and that requires a certain value to be paid for that.

And that is how we have been driving the gross margin improvements for the last 20 years as we move from 2G to 3G to 4G and now to 5G and indeed adding more value to our products. You're absolutely right about that.

Edward Snyder -- Charter Equity Research -- Analyst

OK. Let me -- and then if I could, you've kind of been under-earning a little bit at Samsung. They were lower than -- they were high single-digit percentage revenue probably last quarter. I know they're on the way up here.

Did they approach 10% this quarter? And more importantly, if I look at the next couple of quarters, especially the beginning of next year, should we expect you to continue to gain ground here or will mix because I know they're favoring more of the lower-end products at this point? Will mix kind of hold lid on it for the short term, and then we just look for out periods, maybe late next year, so to see further gains?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So, they were not a 10% customer, but you are right, they are up to the right. So, the trend is -- the business is growing sequentially, as well as year over year as we -- as Liam pointed out before, we have great design win momentum with them. As you can see in some of the tier downs as well with some very rich complex parts in their phone line up.

And by the way, not the similar to with the large customer, not only in their phone lineup but many of their other devices that they sell that have wireless connectivity embedded as well. 

Edward Snyder -- Charter Equity Research -- Analyst

And if I could maybe a final one, Liam, for you. It's no secret that Qualcomm is gaining some share in the low-end China phones low band. They've landed some of those, got a mid-high band. There's a lot of chatter in the chain anyway that it's kind of a combination of things.

The performance at low band filters has improved certainly. But also, as we saw yesterday, the shortages in chips is giving them even greater leverage and kind of compelling some of the smaller OEMs or the low end of the bigger OEMs to use some of their RF products. How do you see that shaking out for your share in China short term? And maybe you could comment on the long-term trend with that. Do you think it will be sticky given the supply and the modem? Or once supply chain eases up, we'll get a reversion back to the mean?

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Yeah, I think there's a lot of opportunity in China. We've been in the market the OVX portfolios and the Android portfolios for quite a while. It seems like over the last year or so, the larger kind of higher-end players have done better vis-a-vis the overall market. Now having said that, we serve everybody.

One of the things that is really advantageous for Skyworks, and we talked about the technologies and the in-house capacity and scale. It's going to help us quite a bit in China because in China, as you know, the content is not as rich as it is in some of the higher-end phones, but there's a tremendous opportunity to lift that content. And a lot of that comes down to the technical know-how in demonstrating what a couple of dollars of incremental content can do to the user experience to the performance of the connected devices. And it's significant.

And I think those that are deeply in this industry know that. So, we have to do a little bit of engagement there to continue to demonstrate with our customers what performance can really mean to the user. And we're getting very, very good response to that, and that's going to drive our content because you've got to have a catalyst to get that content up there. And I think when users can see the performance levels that really are right there in front of them, they just need to embrace it.

There's an opportunity for them to see a much better -- and gain a much better experience with connected solutions that we can provide. And we do that with many, many other customers with much higher-end performance marks. We know how to do it. We have great application engineers that can work across each baseband as well.

So, there's a lot to do there. And I think it's one of the markets and one of the areas in the market that still has a tremendous opportunity of growth despite some of the things that we're talking about in supply chains.

Edward Snyder -- Charter Equity Research -- Analyst

Great. Thanks. 

Operator

Thank you. The next question comes from the line of Toshiya Hari from Goldman Sachs. Please proceed with your question. Toshiya, if you're on mute, please unmute your line.

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Rachel, go ahead and go to the next question.

Operator

OK, no problem. Our next question comes from the line of Blayne Curtis from Barclays. Please proceed with your question.

Blayne Curtis -- Barclays -- Analyst

Thanks for taking my question. I just want to follow up on the broad markets. I guess I was a little bit confused. So, the business is up about $40 million.

I think the acquisition adds more than double that. So, I guess I didn't hear from you what's weak? Is it a supply issue? I think if I had it right, I think Wi-Fi might have been a little weak in June, and I think you were looking for it to come back. So, in respect of what's weak? And then, I guess, you're forecasting it to rebound in December, what's driving that?

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Blayne, you're absolutely right. I mean, there are -- when Liam talked about some of the tightness in the supply chain, it's especially more so in the broad markets business. By the way, not only because Skyworks is not able to supply, but the issue of full bill of materials or kitting issues, right? Some of our customers are struggling to get parts from peers and competitors or other players in the industry. And so, as a result of that, they don't necessarily need the Skyworks parts right now, they will need them later.

So, that I think was driving most of that in broad markets. But again, looking ahead to December and then beyond, we do assume that some of the tightness in the supply gets resolved, that they will get to full bill of materials. And that, of course, also Skyworks can resolve some of the tightness in its own supply chain, and that will further drive revenue growth in broad markets because if you look at it overall, high level, there is very strong demand for connectivity in a broad set of products. If you look at automotive, industrial, some consumer type of applications, there is very strong demand, and we don't see that slowing down.

Blayne Curtis -- Barclays -- Analyst

Great. And then can I ask a similar question on the mobile side? I mean, given the ample revenue that you reported, it's not perfect math, but it does seem like Android is down in September, maybe double digits. And I'm just kind of curious if I had that math right. Is it a similar issue with kitting or something else? And I guess for December, the whole group should be -- the whole mobile group should be up double digits, as you said.

But I was just kind of curious if Android would be part of that given it was down in September.

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

No. That has been -- for the last five years that I have been with the company, right, when in September and December, when the large customer launches their new platforms, they have priority in the supply chain, not only with Skyworks but with many of the peers and competitors. And so, Android understands that, and they're not going to put up a fight for supply with the large North American customer, especially this year when it's very tight, even more so than in the last five years, you will see some seasonal fluctuations there, absolutely.

Blayne Curtis -- Barclays -- Analyst

Thank you.

Operator

Our final question comes from the line of Karl Ackerman from Cowen and Company. Please proceed with your question.

Karl Ackerman -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Yes. Thank you. I wanted to focus on your broad markets business if I may. You now do have a more diversified products in end markets within broad markets through the integration of SLAB's auto industrial business.

I was hoping you could describe whether the acquisition is performing in line with your initial expectations? And if you could peel back the onion and discuss some of the opportunities you are seeing for your timing, power isolation, and WiFi products.

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. I'll start. And as I said before, yes, the I&A business, with now two months under our belt in September quarter and one month more here in the December quarter. We're really excited about that acquisition and great people, great technology, great product, great customer relationships, high-growth markets, and the business is doing really well.

By the way, it's a fabulous business model, as you know. So, there's definitely some tightness from a supply point of view. The demand is bigger than the supply. But there, the team as well is working on creating more supply and bringing on more supply.

And so, it's working out well.

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Yeah. And let me add to that. I mean, there's a tremendous diversity -- diversification lever here with the I&A business from SLAB. I mean, there's tremendous opportunity in the technologies.

We have scale that is just incredible compared to the size that had been there before. So, we are working very closely on the strategic technologies within the I&A portfolio. We're seeing some great, great opportunities there. And we're going to bring a lot of that stuff in-house, into our sites, into our factories, and streamline.

We're also going to do some strong kind of cross-pollinization of the sales team to make sure that we understand exactly where the opportunities are, and the scale plays are. And I think there's a lot that can be done there. There's great technology there. We just need to bring it to the right customers and raise the game.

The supply chain issues kind of hit that portfolio a little bit harder than others, but it doesn't take us off our track. And the technologies that we acquired are outstanding, and we're going to cultivate and grow those technologies with customers for sure.

Karl Ackerman -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

I appreciate that. For my follow-up, if I may, I know this has been asked several times, so I will try and ask it in a different way. You suggested that mobile will grow double digits next quarter. I'm curious if that reflects some moderation of mobile products within China.

And I ask because it seems that some of the demand in China has pushed from December into March. And I'm curious if you would endorse that view. Simply put, is this a supply issue? Is this a demand issue? And how would you see that being rectified over the next few quarters? Thank you.

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So, when you look at the data, the demand for 5G phones in China continues to be very strong. There's no question about that. I'm not talking here about 4G, 3G, or 2G phones.

I'm talking about 5G phones. Demand in China continues to be very strong. And there's multiple suppliers. Of course, the large North American customer supplies into China and is doing really well there.

And then, of course, there's the Android players as well. Now as I said before, there is seasonality to that business. And September and December are not the strongest seasonal quarters for that business because a lot of the supply goes to the large North American customer. But you typically see somewhat of a rebound into the March quarter as well with Chinese New Year being part of that March quarter, and we expect that to play out this year as well.

Karl Ackerman -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

Thank you very much.

Operator

Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes today's question-and-answer session. I will now turn the call back over to Mr. Griffin for any closing comments.

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Thank you all for participating on today's call. We look forward to talking to you with you at upcoming investor conferences. Thank you.

Duration: 55 minutes

Call participants:

Mitch Haws -- Investor Relations

Liam Griffin -- Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President

Kris Sennesael -- Chief Financial Officer

Gary Mobley -- Wells Fargo Securities -- Analyst

Harsh Kumar -- Piper Sandler -- Analyst

Timothy Arcuri -- UBS -- Analyst

Ambrish Srivastava -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Chris Caso -- Raymond James -- Analyst

Edward Snyder -- Charter Equity Research -- Analyst

Blayne Curtis -- Barclays -- Analyst

Karl Ackerman -- Cowen and Company -- Analyst

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