The world is thirsting for more and more memory chips. Silicon Motion
The company just reported second-quarter sales of $50.5 million for a year-over-year jump of 58%. On the bottom line, non-GAAP earnings per depositary share soared from $0.09 to $0.29.
Driven by careening demand for flash memory in solid-state drives and consumer devices, Silicon Motion plans to keep this hyper growth up -- at least through the end of the year. For the full fiscal year, revenue is expected to jump 40% to 50% year-over-year. Strong sales to OEM manufacturers of smartphones, tablets, and other consumer devices are outweighing slow business from the memory module crowd.
In other words, Silicon Motion's customer mix is shifting away from memory-stick makers such as Micron Technology's
Gigabytes of permanent storage are becoming an expected feature in all kinds of electronics, thus removing the need for add-in memory cards. This trend is making Apple
More memory means more memory controllers, which is why Silicon Motion loves the mobile market. Unlike the actual memory chips, whose prices have been declining rapidly amid a glut of oversupply in recent quarters, those controller chips are actually increasing in price.
That dichotomy explains why Silicon Motion shares have delivered a market-crushing 125% return over the past year while Micron and SanDisk
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