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Strategic trade
Trade view / 22 February 2016 at 9:59 GMT

#SaxoStrats: Mobile growth to boost Dialog Semiconductor?

Head of Equity Strategy / Saxo Bank
Instrument: DLG:xetr
Price target:
Market price:
Concerns over a global economic slowdown and saturation in mobile devices volume (smartphones and tablets) have pushed Dialog Semiconductor's stock price down by 45% since July of last year. Investors are increasingly worried that the saturation seen in mobile devices is structural and not cyclical, leading to a permanent re-pricing of global semiconductor stocks. 

Our view is that mobile devices will continue to grow at mid-single digit rates driven by developing countries and as such the current share price represents a very attractive entry point.

Dialog is valued at 12-month forward EV/EBITDA of 5.2x against 7.5x for the global industry,translating into a 30% discount. This represents an attractive valuation as Dialog generates around 48% cash flow from operations against operating assets – among the highest in the industry. 

The valuation also reflects a negative growth outlook which is too pessimistic in our view. 

Consensus is looking for 6% revenue growth in FY'16.

Dialog Semiconductor

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Source: Saxo Bank 
Dialog Semiconductor
Source: Saxo Bank  

Management and risk description

Dialog will post its FY'15 earnings on March 8 where low industry visibility could underpin  an uncertain and weak outlook for FY'16. Another risk is a stronger EUR against CNY and other Asian currencies as Dialog gets 95% of its revenue from China (85%) and Asia. Further saturation in mobile device markets (smartphone and tablets) could also pose a problem for this trade.


Fair value for Dialog shares with the current outlook is €41 translating  into 40% upside potential from current levels. We are implementing the trade with a trailing stop with the 

Entry: market.

Stop: €20.25 with a step size of €0.90.

— Edited by Michael McKenna

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