Shares of media-chip designer Sigma Designs
Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Sigma's third-quarter report is on the books, and the Black Friday gains have evaporated. Wall Street is back to pricing this stock for doomsday scenarios.
Sales were expected to drop, but fell farther than analysts had modeled to $40 million. That's a 49% year-over-year drop. On the other hand, the adjusted net loss of $0.08 per share was much smaller than expected.
Management is shooting for a bigger market share on the back of lower-priced chips that are also cheaper to manufacture. CEO Thinh Tran wants to grab as much real estate as possible in the emerging IP-based media market while the market remains fresh and pliable.
That's a bold move given the caliber of the competition. Set-top boxes are often powered by heavy hitters like STMicroelectronics
And the company is getting some traction with the high-volume move. Specifically, boxes built around the new Sigma chips are coming from Cisco Systems
So the company is taking some short-term lumps at the moment to get in position for a brighter future. I'm a big fan of audacity like that, because it often creates outsized investment opportunities. Sigma dares to defy analyst expectations so it can build a better future for itself.
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