QUOTE AND NEWS
Motley Fool  Aug 17  Comment 
NVIDIA, Applied Materials, and Linear Technology are all outperforming their tech peers so far this year.
Forbes  Aug 12  Comment 
In recent trading, shares of Linear Technology Corp (NASD: LLTC) have crossed above the average analyst 12-month target price of $58.78, changing hands for $58.87/share. When a stock reaches the target an analyst has set, the analyst logically has...
Forbes  Aug 10  Comment 
The most recent short interest data has been released for the 07/29/2016 settlement date, which shows a 1,386,620 share decrease in total short interest for Linear Technology Corp (NASD: LLTC), to 9,056,697, a decrease of 13.28% since 07/15/2016....
Reuters  Jul 29  Comment 
* If merger agreement is terminated, Linear will be obligated to pay to Analog a termination fee equal to $490 million in cash
Benzinga  Jul 28  Comment 
So far, the market seems to like Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI)’s $14.8 billion buyout of chipmaker Linear Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: LLTC). Analog’s share price has jumped more than 6.7 percent in the past five trading...
The Economic Times  Jul 27  Comment 
Analog Devices' shares jumped 3.4 percent after the company struck a deal to buy Linear Technology for $14.8 billion. Linear's stock was down 3.3 percent at $60.43.
Motley Fool  Jul 27  Comment 
An impending deal to be acquired by Analog Devices rightly overshadowed the integrated circuit specialist's third straight quarter of sequential growth.
New York Times  Jul 27  Comment 
Analog Devices will acquire the Linear Technology Corporation, as pricing pressures and low profit margins force more consolidations in the sector.
Motley Fool  Jul 26  Comment 
The manufacturer of high-performance analog integrated circuits appears to be a buyout target.




 
TOP CONTRIBUTORS

Linear is a high performance analog semiconductor company. Its products are instrumental in converting digital streams to analog waves and vise versa. People experience the world in analog waves (e.g. sound and light) and not in digital. So the digital revolution thereby increases the need to high performance analog conversion.

Linear also manufactures devices that are used in MP3 players, noise canceling headphones, instrumentation, automobiles, cell phones & cell base stations, and many other leeding edge applications. Devices include; high performance amplifiers, filters, ADC's, DAC's, voltage regulators (boost, buck, and various power devices), voltage references, intelligent battery chargers, battery monitors, high side current amplifiers, oscillators, comparators, RF devices, and many more.

Something that makes LLTC different is that most of the sales force are actually engineers- there are fewer analog engineers than digital engineers. So when they meet with a customer, the sales person can actually aid the process of creating a solution. A colorful anecdote occurred in the making of a camera that takes pictures, a feature that took a long time to come to fruition. The linear salesman was flying back from the meeting and trying to fall asleep but his mind was wondering about how to create a camera flash that could work with a cell phone. With eyes closed the plane passed through a series of clouds creating a strobe like flicker behind his eyelids. It was a eureka moment. When the plane landed, he had already worked up how to substitute a strobe light for a typical camera flash, and the camera phone came to life.

Sales are spread throughout the following industries:

  • Industrial 33%
  • Communications 33% (8% handsets, 10% base stations, 15% networking)
  • Computer 13%
  • Automotive 8%
  • High end consumer 9%
  • Military 4%

Military used to be a much higher percentage but opportunities to enrich features in other areas created significant growth.

Automobiles are of particular challenge. Most electronics work well when temperatures are steady, the machine is not bumped around, and there is no surge in electrical supply. In an automobile all of these harsh conditions exist. Linear's products are used for items such as: LED backlighting, adaptive cruise control, electronic steering and braking, and hybrid/electric car battery monitors. Cars are becoming electronic feature rich and it has been estimated that 40% of the cost of a car in 2010 will be for electronics.

Linear avoids making products that are commodities, and their gross margins are more like a software company than a semiconductor company.

The founder of the company, Mr. Swanson, stepped down as CEO in January of 2005 but continues to serve as Executive Chairman.

The company announced in Mid 2007, the authorization to repurchase $3 billion (approximately 30%) of the outstanding shares.

Linear Technology's competitors include: Analog Devices, Intersil, Maxim, Texas Instruments and National Semiconductor.




References

Wikinvest © 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. Use of this site is subject to express Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and Disclaimer. By continuing past this page, you agree to abide by these terms. Any information provided by Wikinvest, including but not limited to company data, competitors, business analysis, market share, sales revenues and other operating metrics, earnings call analysis, conference call transcripts, industry information, or price targets should not be construed as research, trading tips or recommendations, or investment advice and is provided with no warrants as to its accuracy. Stock market data, including US and International equity symbols, stock quotes, share prices, earnings ratios, and other fundamental data is provided by data partners. Stock market quotes delayed at least 15 minutes for NASDAQ, 20 mins for NYSE and AMEX. Market data by Xignite. See data providers for more details. Company names, products, services and branding cited herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. The use of trademarks or service marks of another is not a representation that the other is affiliated with, sponsors, is sponsored by, endorses, or is endorsed by Wikinvest.
Powered by MediaWiki