Semiconductor devices manufacturer Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO) issued weak guidance for the company’s fiscal second quarter of 2016 in the after-hours of trading yesterday, pushing shares down by 13.30% in pre-market trading this morning. According to the chipmaker’s statement, it expects to post earnings per share in the range of $1.05 – $1.15, on revenue of between $690 million and $710 million. Wall Street analysts expected the company to post earnings per share of $1.28 on revenue of $741.5 million for the second quarter, which ends in September. For the fiscal first quarter of 2016, which Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO) also reported yesterday, the company posted earnings per share of $1.09, beating the analysts’ consensus estimate of $1.03. The revenue for the period was $673.60 million while analysts expected $664.73 million. The released guidance comes as a big surprise, as there is nothing unusual expected in the industry to warrant such a variation. Wall Street’s reaction is a clear indication that the guidance wasn’t expected. Qorvo Inc was formed in January of this year after a $1.55 billion merger between RF Micro Devices and TriQuint Semiconductor.
Going into the second quarter of 2015, a total of 29 hedge funds from our database were long in the stock, with aggregate investments valued at $793.48 million. During the first quarter, the stock managed to register a 13.21% gain, which was impressive, considering the industry has been slow. Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO), however, couldn’t maintain that kind of performance in the second quarter, only pulling a 0.72% gain. It’s for this reason that a number of hedge funds may have opted out. However, an overall view of the stock shows that many hedge funds still remained bullish on the stock, and the company’s performance in the fiscal first quarter was vindication of hedge funds’ general bullish sentiment.
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Insider trading at Qorvo Inc (NASDAQ:QRVO) over the past three months was rather bearish, considering that there were 29 sales and no purchases. The sales involved 186,268 shares in total. In a transaction that occurred on July 1, the company’s CEO Robert A. Bruggeworth sold a total of 23,125 shares at an average of $79.77 per share. VP Steven E. Creviston is also reported to have sold a total of 10,000 shares on the same day.
Let’s now have a look at hedge fund activity relating to the stock.