Marvell Technology MRVL reported better-than-expected results for the first quarter of fiscal 2024, wherein both the bottom line and top line outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimates.
California-based Marvell reported non-GAAP earnings of 31 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 29 cents. The semiconductor company reported revenues of $1.32 billion, which surpassed the consensus mark of $1.30 billion.
However, the non-GAAP earnings per share and revenues fell 40.4% and 9%, respectively, from the year-ago quarter. This decline can primarily be attributed to customer inventory reduction actions, partially offset by substantial growth in all end markets except the data center and consumer market.
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Data center revenues decreased 32% year over year to $435.8 million. The segment accounted for 33% of the quarter’s total revenues, highlighting that it is currently MRVL’s largest end market.
Revenues from enterprise networking jumped 27% year over year to $364.6 million and accounted for 27.6% of total revenues.
Carrier infrastructure revenues, which constituted 21.9% of total revenues, grew 15% year over year to $289.9 million.
Automotive/Industrial revenues remained flat year over year at $89.3 million. Revenues from this segment constituted 6.8% of total revenues.
However, consumer revenues, representing 10.8% of total revenues, declined to $142.1 million from $185.4 million in the year-ago quarter.
Marvell’s non-GAAP gross profit declined 16.3% to $792.5 million in the first quarter. The margin contracted 550 basis points (bps) to 60%.
Non-GAAP operating expenses flared up 5.4% year over year to $458.6 million. The non-GAAP operating margin contracted 1020 bps to 25.2%.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Marvell exited the first quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1.03 billion compared with the previous quarter’s $911 million. The company’s long-term debt totaled $3.15 billion, lower than the previous quarter’s $3.91 billion.
The company generated cash worth $208.4 million through operational activities in the fiscal first quarter.
Marvell returned $51 million to shareholders through dividend payouts in the fiscal first quarter.
For the second quarter of fiscal 2024, Marvell expects revenues of $1.330 billion (+/- 5%). The non-GAAP gross margin is likely to be approximately 60-61%, while non-GAAP operating expenses are estimated to be around $455 million.
The company projects non-GAAP earnings per share for the second quarter to be approximately 32 cents (+/- 5 cents).
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Marvell currently has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). Shares of MRVL have dropped 13.2% over the past year.
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