RF Micro Devices
So what comes next? RF Micro likes to think of itself as a rather debonair supplier of power and radio chips for a wide range of products and markets.
A fresh focus on new and higher-margin chips for 3G and 4G communications should make RF Micro more profitable going forward. And it's never a bad idea to unshackle yourself from a spent horse like Nokia and saddle up for faster growth elsewhere. Management is already excited about product ramps with Samsung and LG Electronics, and it plans to start shipping to Research In Motion
That Nokia rollback finished up in an orderly fashion. The $0.08 of non-GAAP earnings per share on revenue of $213 million represented a large step back from year-ago numbers, but it all lined up with management guidance and hit Wall Street targets right on the nose.
So RF Micro has punched the reset button on its business model, taken its lumps in the market because of the lower sales and profits that followed, and looks forward to a very different future. If everything works out to plan, the stock should enjoy some margin leverage going forward.
Moreover, we're looking at a pretty attractive valuation at this point -- RF Micro shares sell for about 14 times trailing earnings while Broadcom
I'd start an "outperform" call of RF Micro here if I didn't already have one going since last summer. Follow my all-star lead to CAPS stardom by clicking here.