Looking at a stock chart for Sigma Designs
Zoom out to a wider perspective, and Sigma's 12% one-month drop looks downright healthy next to rivals Trident Microsystems
What did Sigma do to deserve yesterday's pain? Well, it's never a good sign when your CEO comes right out of the gate in a second-quarter report to apologize for the company's performance. "We are disappointed to report $46.7 million in revenue for the second quarter," CEO Thinh Tran's mea culpa began. He blames a timing mismatch as obsolete chips are getting phased out of set-top boxes quicker than expected while their box builders are dragging their feet on buying newer products.
But the mistiming runs deeper than just shifting revenue from one quarter to the next. Management guidance was based on the assumption that the second half of the year will remain "in the trough" as telecom end-market clients keep delaying their media-hardware upgrades. That's obviously also bad news for set-top box builders such as Motorola Mobility
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