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NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI): Are Hedge Funds Right About This Stock?

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We at Insider Monkey have gone over 700 13F filings that hedge funds and prominent investors are required to file by the government. The 13F filings show the funds’ and investors’ portfolio positions as of March 31. In this article we look at what those investors think of NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI).

NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI) was in 52 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the first quarter of 2016. NXPI has actually experienced an increase in hedge fund interest lately. There were 50 hedge funds in our database with NXPI positions at the end of the previous quarter. The level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why at the end of this article we will examine companies such as TransCanada Corporation (USA) (NYSE:TRP), Credit Suisse Group AG (ADR) (NYSE:CS), and Baxalta Inc (NYSE:BXLT) to gather more data points.

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Before going into the details of hedge fund activity, we are going to take a look at recent comments by Nomura’s Romit Shah who believes NXP will ultimately be acquired. Here is what he said:

“In thisreport, we provide our rationale for NXPI as an acquisition candidate and EPS accretion analysis for BRCM, QCOM andTXN. We believe investors should be long NXPI for EPS growth; per our estimation, EPS will increase from $5.50-6.00in CY16 to $9.00-10.00 in CY18. If management executes, we believe the implied valuation discrepancy between NXP(9x) and comps (14-15x) is unsustainable. While the earnings growth profile positions NXPI to consistently outperform,we believe consolidation is a more immediate catalyst. We believe that NXP stands out to large-cap suppliers such asBroadcom, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments that might be considering transformational acquisitions. As we evaluatethe main criteria for acquisitions over the past year, NXP checks all the boxes: (1) Scale: NXPI is the fifth largestsupplier by revenue; (2) Earnings accretion (~10-30%) based on operating leverage, interest expense and NOLs; (3)TAM expansion: 40% of sales are from automotive; (4) Distribution: NXPI has a significant presence in worldwidechannels, which is valuable from a crossselling perspective; (5) Strategic: NXPI is the market leader in several areas,including secure identification, MCUs, and mobile transactions.”

Romit Shah rates NXP a buy and has a price target of $100. Now, let’s check out the recent hedge fund action regarding NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI).

How are hedge funds trading NXP Semiconductors NV (NASDAQ:NXPI)?

At Q1’s end, a total of 52 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a change of 4% from one quarter earlier. With hedgies’ positions undergoing their usual ebb and flow, there exists a few key hedge fund managers who were boosting their stakes substantially (or already accumulated large positions).

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