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QUALCOMM, Inc. (QCOM), NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA): The Best Semiconductor Bet in the Smartphone Market

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QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) is a semiconductor company that designs and manufactures wireless technology products and services. It has three business units: Qualcomm Technology Licensing Division (QTL), Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI) and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. The company has emerged as the leading smartphone vendor in the market, and industry trends show that it will continue to dominate this space.


Financial performance

QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)’s revenue rose by 24% in the second quarter of 2013 year-over-year to $6.1 billion. Although sales improved, net income decreased by 16% year-over-year. The earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) margin improve by 27% over the previous year.

QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)’s P/E ratio is 18.3x, which is a significant discount as compared to the industry average P/E ratio of 40. If we look at a competitor, NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) has a current P/E ratio of 15.

The financial strength of the company is shown by the quick ratio, which stands at 2.9. The liquidity ratio indicates it is extremely unlikely that QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) will face any financial problems in the near future. Based on the cash in hand of $4.9 billion, it can spend a lot more on R&D. Recently, QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) announced a dividend of $0.35 per share, a phenomenal increase of 40% over the previous quarter.

Future estimates

For the second quarter of 2013, analysts expect revenue to be in the range of $5.8 billion to $6.3 billion and EPS between $0.85 and $0.89. Qualcomm is the leader when it comes to innovation in the handheld space. Its new Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors will help it maintain dominance in the handheld industry.

The company expects continued growth in 3G/4G networks and it will continue to benefit from this growth. A major concern for the company is its dependence on a handful of smartphone clients who can change their suppliers at their own convenience. Its market is expanding rapidly, which mitigates the danger of over dependence on a small number of clients.

Competitive landscape

Qualcomm is an industry leader due to its experience and financial strength.

The new Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) Lumia will also contribute to the sales of Qualcomm. According to recent reports, Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) is selling new Lumia phones through Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), and the devices have dual core processors by Qualcomm.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is working hard to move into the mobile market.
For this purpose, it has developed a new mobile processor named Silvermont. The company is also giving real competition to ARM Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:ARMH) competitors such as Qualcomm in the Windows 8 market with its baytrail processors. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is now spending most of its time on developing new chips for smartphones. It is growing in the tablet market and has an estimated market share of more than 90% of windows-based tablets.

For its part, Nvidia has announced the acquisition of semiconductor company Icera, which will strengthen its position in mobile core. This acquisition will give NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) more of an ability to compete with Qualcomm and Intel.

Nvidi’s Tegra 4i appeared in February. It integrates Tegra 4 with the i500 modem. The i500 modem is the fruit of Icera acquisition. According to NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), Tegra 4i will bring super-phone capabilities to the mainstream smartphone market.

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