Broadcom (AVGO) Enjoys Near-Vertical Rally after Apple Deal Anouncement

Stock (Symbol)

Broadcom (AVGO)

Stock Price


Data is as of
June 21, 2023
Expected to Report
August 30
Company Description
Broadcom designs, develops and supplies a range of semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions.

It operates through two segments: semiconductor solutions and infrastructure software. Its semiconductor solutions segment includes semiconductor solution product lines, as well as its Internet protocol (IP) licensing.

It provides semiconductor solutions for managing the movement of data in data center, telecom, enterprise and embedded networking applications.

It also provides a variety of radio frequency (RF) semiconductor devices, wireless connectivity solutions and custom touch controllers for the wireless market.

Its infrastructure software segment includes its mainframe, distributed and cyber security solutions, and its fiber channel storage area networking (FC SAN) business.

Its mainframe software provides DevOps, AIOps, Security and Data Management Systems solutions. Source: Refinitiv

Sharek’s Take
David Sharek

Broadcom (AVGO) is finally getting recognized as a top-tier growth stock. The company grows profits around 20% a year and management pays a big-fat dividend, meanwhile this stock has been getting overlooked by investors. The stock used to have a P/E on the teens as people thought their offerings were “too basic”. Now things have changed. On May 23, Apple announced a deal with Broadcom to produce 5G chips, which started a vertical rally after the partnership was announced. The stock has since jumped from $625 to $848 since last quarter, and the P/E has expanded from 15 to 20. Gererative AI is around 15% of Broadcom’s semiconductor business, up from just 0% in 2022. Management beleives it could become over 25% of its semiconductor revenue in 2024.

Broadcom is a semiconductor and software company that designs thousands of products for home connectivity, cloud data centers, and enterprise businesses. It is a conglomerate that was formed over 50 years of mergers and acquisitions including old-school tech companies AT&T/Bell Labs, Lucent, Hewlett-Packard and its semiconductor division, and younger industry leaders (including Broadcom, LSI, Broadcom Corporation, Brocade, CA Technologies and Symantec). The majority of AVGO’s silicon wafer manufacturing operations are designed in North America or Europe, then outsourced by the company to external foundries in Asia, such as Taiwan Semiconductor.

AVGO has two business segments:

  • Semiconductor Solutions (sales up 9% last qtr, accounted for 78% of total sales): This offer digital and mixed signal products that use silicon wafers with computer memory. Products include routers, modems, set-top boxes, WiFi enables devices, Bluetooth devices, GPS systems, HDD and SSD storage, and motion control encoders. Its competitors include AMD, Cisco, GlobalFoundries, and Qualcomm.
    • Networking (sales +20% year-over-year, 39% of total semiconductor sales)
      Growth is being driven by deployment in its Tomohawk switching for enterprise workloads and Jerico routing platforms for telcos. Alsom there’s strong growth from hyperscalersfrom colute offload and networking.
    • Wireless (sales -9% year-over-year, 23% of semiconductor sales)
      Broadcom entered into a multiyear collaberation with Apple for cutting-edge wireless connectivity and 5G components. 
    • Server/Storage (revenue +20%, 17% of semiconductor sales,)
      Demand is moderating as the transition to next-generation servers has been largely completed.
    • Broadband (sales +10%, 18% of semiconductor sales,)
      Growth was driven by continued deployment of next-generation 10G PON and cable operators of DOCSIS 3.1.
    • Industrial (sales +2%, 3% of semiconductor sales,)
      Growth was led by renewable energy and robots, offset by softness in China. 
  • Infrastructure Software (sales up 3%, accounted for 22% of total sales): This division provides businesses software to integrate, optimize and secure their operations, including Symantec software that protects organizations from cyber threats. Software competitors include Atlassian, CrowdStrike, CyberArk, Microsoft, Salesforce, ServiceNow ad Zscaler. Last qtr’s softness was from Brocade with stable growth in core software.
    In May 2022, AVGO announced its acquisition of VMware for $61 billion in 50%-50% cash and stock. The deal is expected to close in 2023. VMware provides multi-cloud services for all software apps, virtual technology, and x86 server-based computing. The acquisition of VMware will take Broadcom’s software segment from 1/4 of company revenue to 1/2.

The great thing about AVGO stock is the company is making good profits and the stock is reasonable with a P/E of 20. But Broadcom is seen as “low tech” by investors, thus the stock had a low valuation. The Estimated Long-Term-Growth (LTG) Rate is 11%, but I think this is more of a 15% grower. AVGO also pays a big-fat dividend of greater than 3%. Management even buys back stock. The company has a dividend policy of pacing 50% of the prior-year’s free cash flow to investors. From 2013-2023, the dividend paid per year jumped from $0.80 to $18.40. In Fiscal 2022, management returned $15.5 billion capital to shareholders in the form of $7 billion in cash dividends and $8.5 billion in stock repurchases. AVGO is a top holding in the Growth Portfolio and Aggressive Growth Portfolio.

One Year Chart

The stock’s near-vertical rally started when Broadcom and Apple announced a deal to develop 5G radio-frequency components and wireless connectivity components on May 23. Within the following three days, the stock went from $687 to $813. But some of that gain was from NVIDIA delivering blockbuster AI chip demand.

Profit growth has been solid the past year, but is expected to slow in the coming two qtrs.

Notice profits have been up every year going back to 2015.

The Est. LTG is 11%. AVGO used to have an Est. LTG of 15% a year.

The P/E of 20 is great. This stock is such a good value!

Earnings Table

Last qtr, Broadcom Inc. posted 14% profit growth and beat expectations of 11% growth. Revenue increased 8%, year-over-year, against expectations of 7%.

Growth was driven by demand for next-generation technologies from hyperscale companies, offset by the softness in the Brocade business. Management also expects AI to take up a great role in its semiconductor segment in the coming years. Revenue from AI currently represents around 15% of the semiconductor business. This figure was only 10% last year and is projected to grow to 25% by next year.

Annual Profit Estimates are up again this qtr. 

Qtrly Profit Estimates for the next 4 qtrs are 7%, 5%, 7%, and 6%. For next qtr, management expects revenue to grow 5%, the lowest since 2020. Analysts expect AVGO revenue to grow 5%.

Fair Value

My Fair Value P/E for this stock is 23, up from 18 last quarter.

The stock has a 14% upside to my 2023 Fair Value of $964.


Bottom Line
Broadcom (AVGO) has a beautiful ten-year chart. But now the stock seems extended in the chart.

Broadcom’s deal with Apple could be very fruitful in the coming years. And with a P/E of 20 the stock is a real value. But the shares have spiked higher during the past six weeks, so I think it needs to settle down and build a base before I add to my position.

AVGO ranks 8th in the Growth Portfolio Power Rankings. The stock stays at 9th in the Aggressive Growth Portfolio Power Rankings.

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