September 20th, 2021 | 13:09 CEST
Infineon, BrainChip, Nvidia - The chip shortage remains
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Infineon - New plant brings more sales
Infineon has recently put its new plant in Austria into operation, promising two billion more in sales in the next 2-3 years. Due to the chip shortage, every chip produced currently finds a buyer very quickly. Group CEO Ploss said: "In view of the accelerated electrification and digitalization, we expect the demand for power semiconductors to increase further in the coming years. From this perspective, investors can expect chip prices to continue to rise.
Due to corona restrictions and climate disasters, the latest quarterly figures did not show significant growth. Sales could only be increased by EUR 22 million compared to the previous year. However, due to higher chip prices, profits increased by 17% at the same time. With the new factory, sales will continue to grow in the coming quarters, as the factory has yet to be fully ramped up.
Unlike many of its competitors, the share has not yet performed very well. A new high for the year was recently formed, but there was a long sideways phase before that. Profits should continue to rise, even if Infineon does not want to turn the price screw too much in order not to annoy its customers for the future. In the long run, this is certainly a smart move. For shareholders, there is currently a dividend yield of 0.7%. As an investor, you should wait for a setback before investing.
BrainChip - Artificial Intelligence with edge
BrainChip has developed a chip that serves as a processor for neural networks, making artificial intelligence (AI) available where needed and without requiring a network. This chip approach offers many advantages, as a single chip can process all operations much faster. The chip simulates a brain, mimics brain processing, and is not a software product. That means it is much safer than a software approach. Almost no heat is generated, and only milliwatts are needed to power the chip. Since no data is transmitted to the outside world either, it is also secure from a data privacy standpoint. The chip bears the name Akida.
Akida has two unique selling points compared to the competition besides the advantages already mentioned. No CPU is needed, and machine learning and signal evaluation take place on the chip itself. The Company has launched an "Early Access Program" to give interested customers an insight into the potential. Renowned names such as Ford, NASA, Magik Eye, Valeo, Renesas, and NaNose Medical are among the interested customers. The range of customers already shows the diversity of applications for the chip. The market for edge AI chips is considered by various experts to be growing rapidly. Estimates by Grand View Research, Oppenheimer Investment Bank and International Data Corporation speak of values ranging from USD 43.4 billion to USD 250.6 billion by 2027 at the latest.
A licensing agreement has been concluded with Renesas, one of the world's largest semiconductor manufacturers for the automotive industry. Should a breakthrough in autonomous driving be achieved together with Ford, large orders beckon there. The same applies to all early access partners. Sales are currently being established to address the various areas of application. At the end of last year, the share price was already at 0.97 Australian dollars (AUD). Currently, it can be purchased at AUD 0.47. Those who believe in the future of artificial intelligence and value cybersecurity can consider an investment.
Nvidia - Fundamentally expensive
Nvidia is the undisputed leader in graphics cards and has one of the most profitable business models. The Company also serves the semiconductor segment. The lead that Nvidia has built up in the field of artificial intelligence is worth its weight in gold for the future of the Company. Due to the extremely powerful chips, the graphics cards were bought mainly for mining cryptocurrencies. The regular gamer was faced with empty shelves or had to pay prices often more than double the recommended retail price.
As the economy becomes more and more digital, the market will continue to grow. While graphics cards used to be the Company's primary source of revenue, that has changed significantly over the past four years. Nvidia's data center has managed to catch up with gaming. Artificial intelligence, deep learning and high-performance computing in the cloud are growing at a breathtaking pace.
The big question is how long share prices will continue to rocket to new highs. The valuation of the stock is now pretty high. It will not be surprising if better company figures fizzle out in the future. The 4:1 stock split on July 20 was a good move by management, as it makes the stock look much cheaper again. The price-earnings ratio was already above 50 at the end of 2020 and has deteriorated significantly since then. Currently, we would advise against buying.
All chip manufacturers cannot produce as quickly as the chips are being snatched out of their hands. Infineon has completed its new plant at an optimal time. BrainChip is working on artificial intelligence from a completely different angle and can score significantly with security. Nvidia is one of the top players on the market, which is also reflected in the Company's valuation, which we now consider too high.
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