Company name: Micron Technology
Ticker: MTE.EU (EUR), MU.US (USD)
Current Price: €39, $46
Target Price: €44, $52
Projected Yield: 13%
Time Line: 3 to 6 months
About Micron Technology
Micron Technology is a US semiconductor manufacturer, with the main products being DRAM, NAND, and flash and SSD storage. The products are marketed under the Crucial Technology brand, while a small fraction is also marketed under the Micron brand.
What's the Idea?
Capitalize on the stock that may rise due to the increasing demand for the company products, which is expected after the release of next gen game consoles and the massive transition to 5G.
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Why Trade Micron Technology?
Reason 1: Impressive Financial Results in Q3 2020
Micron posted solid financial results in Q3 given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company earnings increased by 13% compared to last year and amounted to $5.40 billion, while the operating and net profit margin amounted to 18% and 17%, respectively, showing a slight decrease compared to the previous year. The company was still able to maintain a stable operating cash flow of over $2 billion.
Micron was able to perform well by maintaining high production capacity. The increasing sales of equipment for data centers covered the weak demand for consumer products.
The company is confident amidst the COVID-19 crisis. With a gradual improvement in the market situation, further earnings growth and an increase in business margins may be expected.
Reason 2: Expansion and Upgrade of Data Center Equipment
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked an increase in online activity, which boosted interest in online games, video streaming services, and e-commerce. This made many companies providing such services increase their investments in the data center infrastructure. Micron has benefited greatly from this, as the demand for the company's products in the data center and networking industry showed significant growth. In particular, cloud DRAM sales increased 13% in Q3 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.
The company management claims the increase in demand may last for long, as the data center and networking segment may boost Micron's earnings further on.
Reason 3: Global 5G Transition
Micron's mobile segment earnings reached $1.50 billion in Q3 2020, accounting for 28% of total revenue and rising by almost 30% compared to the previous year. Micron attributes this to the increased demand for DRAM memory used in smartphones.
The world is currently switching to 5G, which means the consumers will have to renew their devices. This trend is particularly relevant in China, where a third of all shipments was for 5G devices.
The demand for Micron's mobile DRAM has also increased, as the customers include some key Chinese manufacturers, such as Xiaomi. That being said, 5G smartphones are just being released in the market. According to Fitch Ratings analysis, the share of smartphones with 5G will have grown from 9% to 17%-20% globally by 2021. This could significantly spur the increase in demand for DRAM memory used in mobile device manufacturing.
Reason 4: Next Gen Game Consoles
Two new console models, PlayStation 5 by Sony and Xbox Series X by Microsoft, are scheduled for release in the second six month of 2020. In April, Bloomberg reported that Sony intends to produce 5 to 6 million PS5's by March 2021. This could increase the annual demand for NAND flash modules by 5%.
As the experts say, the total sales of consoles may reach over 100 million units by 2024, which might boost more demand for DRAM and NAND over the next 5 years.
As a result, the release of new game consoles could be a catalyst for Micron's earnings growth due to the increased demand for DRAM and NAND memory modules manufactured by the company.
How to Use the Investment Idea
- Buy Micron Technology shares at the current price.
- Allocate no more than 3% to 4% of your midterm transaction budget.
- Sell the stock when the price is €44 or $52 per share.
How to Buy Micron Technology Shares?
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After opening an account, you can buy shares in either of the following ways:
Freedom24 Web Platform: In the Web Terminal section, type MTE.EU (EUR) or MU.US (USD) (Micron Technology tickers in Xetra and the NASDAQ) in the search box, and select Micron Technology in the results.Open a secure session in the trading window on the right, select the number of shares you want to buy, and click Buy.
Freedom24 iPhone or Android App: Go to the Price screen and tab the search icon in the top right corner. In the dialog that shows up, type MTE.EU (EUR) or MU.US (USD) (Micron Technology tickers in Xetra and the NASDAQ), and select Micron Technology in the results. You will then see Micron Technology stock in the market watch; tap it and go to the Order tab in the dialog that shows up. Specify the number of shares you want to buy and click Buy.
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