Infineon hits Q3 2019 predictions despite trade war


While the semiconductor industry has been in a downturn since late last year, Infineon Technologies AG has found success in a challenging climate. Last week, the corporation posted its fiscal third-quarter results, and as opposed to many of its competitors, it saw growth in all its major segments.

Across-The-Board Growth

The quarter ending June 30, Infineon reported earning $250 million in income against $2.25 billion in revenue. As such, the chipmaker increased quarter-on-quarter revenue by two percent and its year-on-year revenue by four percent. Because the firm moderately exceeded its Q3 2019 goals, it forecasts hitting its fiscal year revenue projection of $8.95 billion.

The corporation’s success is due to the diversity of its product offerings. Indeed, leading firms like Samsung and Micron have struggled recently because of contractions in the memory segment. Had either of those two firms maintained more varied holdings, their near-term financial outlook would be much better.

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Comparatively, Infineon saw quarter-on-quarter growth in its automotive, industrial power control (IPC), power management and multimarket (PMM), and digital security solution (DSS) segments. The chipmaker saw the most quarterly growth in its IPC sector, which rose three percent from Q2 2019 and two percent from Q3 2018.

The company’s PMM segment remains stable from the second quarter, only growing by one percent. However, the sector did improve by three percent year-to-year. Besides, while the firm’s DSS segment fell five percent from Q3 2018, it grew by two percent from Q2 2019.

Lastly, Infineon’s automotive division, which represents 44 percent of its total revenue, remained stable quarter-to-quarter but showed annual growth. In Q3 2018, the segment earned $936 million but surged by six percent to take in $980 million last quarter.

A Bright Future

In an investor call, CEO Reinhardt Ploss noted he has an optimistic outlook about his company’s future despite unstable market conditions. “The underlying drivers of our future markets are very much intact and continue to provide good long-term growth prospects to Infineon.”

Ploss also spoke positively about his firm’s purchase of Cypress Semiconductor Corps, which is set to close by the end of the year. The executive called the acquisition a “landmark step in Infineon’s strategic development.”

The company spent $10.1 billion to complete the transaction, which will significantly bolster its market position. Once the merger is complete, Infineon will be one of the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturers.

The corporation acquired Cypress in particular because it specializes in producing components for the automotive and industrial sectors and various Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. The German corporation will benefit from adding the American company’s technologies to its portfolio. Moreover, it can use Cypress’ IoT innovations to expand its share of a $235 billion emerging market.

By further diversifying its brand, Infineon has ensured its future growth in the face of continued market instability.