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Qualcomm will receive IP royalties even if the company face competition from Apple in the future

Qualcomm skyrocketed after they announced an agreement with Apple. CEO Tim Cook was asked about the agreement with Qualcomm during Tuesday`s earnings call and he said Apple is satisfied with the resolution.

Qualcomm is the world`s leading chip designer for wireless technologies, including 3G and 4G/LTE, and the company wants to be the leader in 5G as well. The agreement means that Apple could offer a 5G iPhone as early as spring 2020.

“Were glad to put the litigation behind us and all the litigation around the world has been dismissed and settled. Were very happy to have a multi-year supply agreement and we`re happy that we have a direct license arrangement with Qualcomm that was important for both companies. We feel good about the resolution,” Tim Cook said on Tuesday.

The settlement also included a chipset supply agreement, and Qualcomm is expected to provide the 5G chips that Apple will need to introduce 5G connectivity in its 2020 iPhones. After the agreement, Intel said that they are dropping out of the smart phone modem chip market entirely, and they have no plans to manufacture 5G chips.

Apple will be licensing 5G IP from Qualcomm and other license holders under the Fair, reasonable, And Non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms established by ETSI throughout the 5th generation of wireless technology.

If Apple develops and integrates its own modem technology in the future, Qualcomm will not lose on that, but still receive IP royalties even if the company face competition from Apple. So, licensing for the 6th generation will depend on Apple`s participation in future standards efforts.

Qualcomm does not have its own manufacturing facilities like Intel and Samsung. Their chips are produced by contract manufacturers such as Taiwan semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), or provide licenses to produce and use its intellectual property in smartphones.

Qualcomm has been on the market for a long time. So have Taiwan semiconductor manufacturing Company. TSMC was the world`s first dedicated semiconductor foundry and has long been the leading company in its field.

Qualcomm was created in July 1985 and have 35,400 employees. Net income last year was US$4,86 billion. The company is expected to report earnings on 01 May, 2019 after market close.

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Broadcom can be the third largest chipmaker in the world

Samsung and Intel are big chip makers, but Broadcom can start to join the club of the best chip makers and end up being the third largest chipmaker in the world. But firsts they need to do one thing: acquire Qualcomm.

Broadcom is planning to buy Qualcomm for about $103 billion if the deal succeeds, and that will be the largest acquisition in tech history. Qualcomm are best known for the default system on a chip called SoC and cellular modem vendor in most smartphones.

Qualcomm is famous for its near minopoly on the high-end smart phone SoC market with its «Snapdragon» line of chips.

Snapdragon semiconductors are embedded in devices of various systems, including Android and Windows Phone devices. They are also used for netbooks, in cars, wearable devices and other devices.

Snapdragon is a suite of system on a chip (SoC) semiconductor products designed and marketed by Qualcomm for mobile devices. The Snapdragon central processing unit (CPU) uses the ARM RISC instruction set, and a single SoC may include multiple CPU cores, a graphics processing unit (GPU), a wireless modem, and other software and hardware to support a smartphone`s global positioning system (GPS), camera, gesture recognition and video.

Samsung and Apple does not use Qualcomm`s operating system which means they are both competing with Qualcomm. Samsung have its own Exynos line system and Apple makes it sown SoC system for its iPhone and iPad.

But in the U.S, Samsung use Qualcomm chips only for this market and Apple has packaged a separate Qualcomm chip with the iPhone, but the company recently had the audacity to use an Intel modem in some iPhone models.

Broadcomm and Qualcomm combined will be big and that can make the prices go up. Google can do something with that. They want to improve its own Android, VR and AR and have sent a list of requests to other chip makers for future SoC designs. They also want to build its own processors.

According to Reuters, Broadcom Ltd made an unsolicited $103 billion bid for Qualcomm Inc on Monday.

Qualcomm`s share price skyrocketed before the dot-com-bubble. It reached nearly $90 but have never recovered. The stock has declined in two years from 2014 to 2016 and now it is trading at $62 on Monday.

It is another story for Broadcom. The stock has gone straight up since April 2016. On Monday, the stock reached an all-time high at $277.

 

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Is Apple falling down from the tree?

I had two American favorite stocks in 2005. Google was one of them. Apple is the other one. As you may know, it has been ten great years while Apple went to be the biggest company in the world. Now, it is the darling of Wall Street. How long will that continue?

Apple will report FQ1 2016 earnings Tuesday January 26th, after the bell and it is a critical moment for Apple right now. The coming report will be highly scrutinized by investors because they are concerned about Apple`s iPhone sale.

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When I launched Apple in my portfolio in 2005, they didnt have iPhone at all. Since then the sale of iPhone has skyrocketed. But what now? There are signs that iPhone sales is slowing. We can see that many of Apples suppliers are declining and so are Apple`s orders.

Apple is also attacked by Qualcomms new weapon. Apples A10 chip for Iphone 7 will be built on TSMC`s 16-nanometer FinFET Plus technology, but it seems like Android devices will be built on more advanced 10-nanometer technology.

Qualcomm`s next-generation Snapdragon 830 processor (the successor to the Snapdragon 820 that is slated to appear in devices over the next couple of months) is planned to be launched in the beginning of 2017.

Its not only Apples suppliers that is concerning Apple`s investors. China is a big market for Apple and a slowdown in Asia in addition to a slowdown globally can hit the company hard. Not only that. It is estimated that the global demand for smartphones will decline and fall below 10%, and so will the iPhone sales. In other words it seems like we has reached a top.

But thats for iPhone. Apple has more than iPhone. Despite the fact that iPhone is Apples biggest money-maker, they also have Apple Watch, Apple TV and Apple Music in the same lineup. They are all new in Apples portfolio and Im most exited about Apple Watch, because I think it will be hard to replace iPhone with Apple Watch.

Apple`s revenue from smart phone was 66% in 2015 and their sales jumped 28% in its latest fiscal year. Apple Watch is a new product so it is expected to see that sale to increase. The price for Apple in 2005 was only $5. Now it is $100! Experts expect it will rise 40% in 12 months.

The stock is down about 30% since the top last year, with an EPS of 9,20. Market Cap is 556,72B with an P/E of 10,92. Estimize consensus calls for FQ1 EPS of $3,27 and revenue of $77,138 Billion, which is slightly higher than corporate guidance and Wall Street`s estimates.

Apple is still a profitable company and a popular brand among the younger generation, and with $200 billion in cash and manageable debt obligations, Apple will still be a popular brand.

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