Marvell Technology Group
Marvell's strong earnings and sales forecast rests mainly on growth by acquisition. Gains from the purchase of Avago's printer controller chips division should provide most of the near-term growth. If you back out the Avago deal, some analysts believe revenue would be nearly flat.
That's not the only cloud in the sky. Marvell has begun shipping the next generation of wireless networking chips to partners like Netgear
The draft these companies based their latest chips on received a much higher number of comments than anticipated during the public review period. That often leads to substantial changes to the proposed protocols. It may be back to the drawing board for the networking-vanguard hopefuls, with all the costs and negative PR of withdrawing a released product.
Marvell shares are priced like it's 1999, even after the last few months' pullback. Price-to-sales, price-to-book, and the venerable price-to-earnings haven't been this lofty since before the tech bubble popped. Any bad news could drive a nervous analyst to distraction, negating many of the feel-good vibes the company has given off lately. If and when that happens, I'd give this stock another good, hard look -- its technical leadership stands unquestioned -- but count me out at these valuations. They're just a little bit too heroic for my taste.
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Fool contributor Anders Bylund respects Rick a great deal, but doesn't always have to agree with him. It's the Foolish way. The other Marvel (the comic book company) is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. The Fool's disclosure rules remind Anders that he owns none of the companies in the story.