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Inphi Corporation

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Ratings Distribution as of August 21, 2017
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 145 74.4%
Neutral 49 25.1%
Sell 1 0.5%
Total 195 100%
% with Investment Banking Relationships
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total
Buy 23 88.5%
Neutral 3 11.5%
Sell 0 0.0%
Total 26 100%

Explanation of B. Riley & Co. LLC's Rating System

  • Buy: We generally expect “Buy” rated stocks to have an above-average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months. We recommend that investors buy the securities at the current valuation.
  • Neutral: We generally believe “Neutral” rated stocks will have an average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months.
  • Sell: We generally expect “Sell” rated stocks to have a below-average risk-adjusted total return over the next 12 months. We recommend that investors reduce their positions until the valuation or fundamentals become more compelling.

Risks and Considerations

  • Acquisition/Integration - The Company actively evaluates potential acquisitions as part of its growth strategy. Acquisitions pursued by the Company could be dilutive to financial results and result in a difficult, dilutive or expensive integration.
  • Acquisition/Integration - The Company recently completed acquisition(s). If the Company fails to successfully integrate the acquisition, the deal may lead to disappointing returns.
  • Carrier spending trends - A significant portion of the Company's revenue is tied to carrier capital spending trends. Fluctuations in wireless, long-haul and access capital spending could have a material negative impact on the Company's results.
  • Competition - The industry is highly competitive and many of the Company's competitors have greater resources.
  • Cyclical Nature of the Company's Business - Revenue from the Company's businesses have historically correlated positively with both US and world GDP. A cyclical downturn in GDP growth domestically and/or abroad may lead to a material deterioration in the Company's results.
  • Economy - Macro-economic issues such as increasing oil and gas prices and a possible drop in consumer spending could have a negative impact on the Company's business.
  • Execution - Management may not execute well on its restructuring efforts as it allocates capital and human resources towards acquisitions and related integration, possibly resulting in lower margins and cash flow.
  • Fabless Model - The Company could suffer if the Company's foundry or packaging partners lack adequate capacity.
  • Financial Results - Any slow down or other changes in the capital spending pattern of the industry may negatively affect the Company's sales.
  • Financial Results - Unpredictable timing of customer orders.
  • Industry Change - The industry is subject to rapid technological change.
  • Intellectual Property - The Company's business is dependent upon the licensing of its intellectual property (IP) to customers. Should the Company fail to maintain its IP or should the Company infringe upon another vendor's IP, financial results could be negatively impacted.
  • International Operations - The Company derives a significant portion of its revenues from outside the United States. The Company is subject to foreign exchange risk and the risks inherent in managing a global Company.
  • Litigation - The Company is at risk of patent lawsuits, although we believe its patent portfolio provides adequate protection.
  • Litigation - The industry is litigious and the Company is likely to be involved in lawsuits, whether future or current. Negative results in these cases could result in significant cash payments by the Company.
  • Manufacturer/Supplier Dependency - The Company relies on a few key manufacturers/suppliers. This lack of diversification could create interruptions in the Company's supply of products and a corresponding loss of revenues.
  • Pricing Pressure - The Company's business could be affected by pricing pressure within the market.
  • Product Concentration - A large percentage of the Company's revenues are from one line of products. Any weakness in those sales would have a significant negative impact on the Company's results.
  • General Industry - The Company could miss our estimates and/or their financial guidance.
  • Sales Cycle - The Company's sales cycle could lengthen beyond what is normal.

Additional Risks and Considerations

    • Customer Concentration - The company's top customer represented 13% of sales, and the top 10 customers represented 59% of sales in 2015.
    • Competition - The company's strategy has been to be at the leading edge of technology and using first mover advantage to expand its market share.  Competitors usually use pricing to capture some of the company's market share, especially as technology matures.  Accordingly, there is a constant pressure for the company to stay ahead of the competition regarding the technology roadmap.