InvenSense Sales Expected To Topple After Apple iPhone Shortfall | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis

Apple‘s (AAPL) iPhone shortfall could draw InvenSense (INVN) into the tornado late Monday when the sensor-chipmaker is expected to report its first-ever sales decline and its biggest earnings fall to date.

InvenSense stock toppled 5.5% to 7, falling the most of IBD’s 41-company Electronic Semiconductor-Fabless industry group which was up a fraction on the stock market today.

Fellow Apple suppliers Broadcom (AVGO) and Qualcomm (QCOM) stocks rose 1.2% and 0.1%, respectively, vs. flat shares of NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Cirrus Logic (CRUS). InvenSense follows radio-frequency supplier Qorvo (QRVO), which reported earnings last Wednesday.

The consensus of 13 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters models $79.9 million in sales and 2 cents earnings per share ex items for InvenSense’s fiscal Q4. On a year-over-year basis, sales and EPS would be down 20% and 83%, respectively.

It would be InvenSense’s fifth straight quarter of decelerating sales growth, and the first time the Apple supplier has seen sales fall vs. the year-earlier quarter. Earnings fell 14% last quarter.

Three months ago, InvenSense guided to $77 million to $83 million in sales and 0-2 cents EPS ex items.

During the January conference call, CFO Mark Dentinger noted a step-down at “the North American customer” — widely assumed to be Apple — and lighter sales in Korea. He expected Internet of Things sales to help fill those holes.

On April 26, Apple reported its first-ever year-over-year iPhone sales decline and its first revenue drop since 2003. Teardowns show InvenSense supplies a gyroscope/accelerometer combination chip for the iPhone 6S.

But InvenSense is forecast for 13% sales and 2% EPS growth in fiscal 2016 to $420.9 million and 47 cents, respectively, on healthier metrics earlier in the year.

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