Datawatch sold for $176 million

Altair to acquire Datawatch for $13.10 per share

Datawatch sold for $176 million, Stockwinners
Datawatch sold for $176 million, Stockwinners

Altair (ALTR) and Datawatch (DWCH) announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which Altair has agreed to acquire Datawatch. Under the terms of the agreement, Altair will pay $13.10 per share in cash, representing a fully diluted equity value of approximately $176M.

The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of both companies.

Under the terms of the definitive merger agreement, Altair will commence a tender offer within ten business days to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Datawatch for $13.10 per share in cash.

This represents a 35% percent premium to the closing price of Datawatch’s common stock on November 2.

The tender offer is subject to customary closing conditions, including the tender of at least a majority of the outstanding shares of Datawatch common stock and the expiration or early termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.

Following the closing of the tender offer, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Altair will merge with and into Datawatch, with each share of Datawatch common stock that has not been tendered being converted into the right to receive the same $13.10 per share in cash offered in the tender offer.

The transaction is anticipated to close in Q4.

Datawatch Corporation designs, develops, markets, and distributes business computer software products to self-service data preparation and visual data discovery markets in the United States and internationally.

Altair Engineering Inc. provides enterprise-class engineering software worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Software and Client Engineering Services. Its integrated suite of multi-disciplinary computer aided engineering software optimizes design performance across various disciplines, including structures, motion, fluids, thermal management, electromagnetics, system modeling and embedded systems, as well as provides data analytics and true-to-life visualization and rendering.


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CA Technologies sold for $18.9 billion

Broadcom to acquire CA Technologies for $44.50 per share in cash

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Broadcom (AVGO) and CA Technologies (CA) announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which Broadcom has agreed to acquire CA to build one of the world’s leading infrastructure technology companies.

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, CA’s shareholders will receive $44.50 per share in cash. This represents a premium of approximately 20% to the closing price of CA common stock on July 11, 2018, the last trading day prior to the transaction announcement, and a premium of approximately 23% to CA’s volume-weighted average price for the last 30 trading days.

The all-cash transaction represents an equity value of approximately $18.9B, and an enterprise value of approximately $18.4B.

The transaction is expected to drive Broadcom’s long-term Adjusted EBITDA margins above 55% and be immediately accretive to Broadcom’s non-GAAP EPS.

On a combined basis, Broadcom expects to have last twelve months non-GAAP revenues of approximately $23.9B and last twelve months non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $11.6B.

Broadcom intends to fund the transaction with cash on hand and $18B in new, fully-committed debt financing.

Broadcom expects to maintain an investment grade rating, given its strong cash flow generation and intention to rapidly de-leverage.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of CA shareholders and antitrust approvals in the U.S., the EU and Japan.

Careal Property Group AG and affiliates, who collectively own approximately 25% of the outstanding shares of CA common stock, have entered into a voting agreement to vote in favor of the transaction.

The closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the fourth calendar quarter of 2018.


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Worldwide IT spending to reach $3.7T in 2018

Gartner says worldwide IT spending to reach $3.7T in 2018 

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Worldwide IT spending to reach $3.7T in 2018

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.7 trillion in 2018, an increase of 4.5 percent from 2017, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc.  (IT)

“Global IT spending growth began to turn around in 2017, with continued growth expected over the next few years. However, uncertainty looms as organizations consider the potential impacts of Brexit, currency fluctuations, and a possible global recession,” said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner.

“Despite this uncertainty, businesses will continue to invest in IT as they anticipate revenue growth, but their spending patterns will shift.

Projects in digital business, blockchain, Internet of Things, and progression from big data to algorithms to machine learning to artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to be main drivers of growth.”

The devices segment is expected to grow 5.6 percent in 2018. In 2017, the devices segment experienced growth for the first time in two years with an increase of 5.7 percent.

End-user spending on mobile phones is expected to increase marginally as average selling prices continue to creep upward even as unit sales are forecast to be lower.

PC growth is expected to be flat in 2018 even as continued Windows 10 migration is expected to drive positive growth in the business market in China, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

The impact of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X was minimal in 2017, as expected. However, iOS shipments are expected to grow 9.1 percent in 2018.


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Nvidia launches ‘functionally safe’ AI self-driving platform NVIDIA DRIVE 

Nvidia announces ‘functionally safe’ AI self-driving platform NVIDIA DRIVE 

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Nvidia announces ‘functionally safe’ AI self-driving platform NVIDIA DRIVE

NVIDIA (NVDA) unveiled details of its functional safety architecture for NVIDIA DRIVE, its AI autonomous vehicle platform, which uses redundant and diverse functions to enable vehicles to operate safely, even in the event of faults related to the operator, environment or systems.

The NVIDIA DRIVE architecture enables automakers to build and deploy self-driving cars and trucks that are functionally safe and can be certified to international safety standards, such as ISO 26262.

The NVIDIA DRIVE AV autonomous vehicle software stack performs functions like ego-motion, perception, localization and path planning. To realize fail operation capability, each functionality includes a redundancy and diversity strategy.

For example, perception redundancy is achieved by fusing lidar, camera and radar.

Deep learning and computer vision algorithms running on CPU, CUDA GPU, DLA and PVA enhance redundancy and diversity.

The NVIDIA DRIVE AV stack is a full backup system to the self-driving stack developed by the automaker, enabling Level 5 autonomous vehicles to achieve the highest level of functional safety. Included are lockstep processing and error-correcting code on memory and buses, with built-in testing capabilities.

The ASIL-C NVIDIA DRIVE Xavier processor and ASIL-D rated safety microcontroller with appropriate safety logic can achieve the highest system ASIL-D rating.

NVDA closed at $219.59.


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Barron’s is bullish on Apple, Western Digital

Barron’s, the weekly publication owned by the Wall Street Journal, in its latest issue mentions several names: 

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BULLISH  MENTIONS

Apple may hit $1T in market value next year- Apple (AAPL) could soon reach a milestone, namely to be the first U.S. company with a $1T market valuation, with iPhone X and a rising stream of service revenue helping it get there, Jack Hough writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Hough does not thing the peak is near as Apple seems to be escaping its product supercycle peaks and troughs to post more-consistent year-to-year growth.

Opportunity seen in semiconductors as Bitcoin plummets on Friday – Last Friday, the price of Bitcoin plummeted over 25% before bouncing back, and no major crypto asset was immune to the selloff, with even Bitcoin Investment Trust momentarily changing hands at more than a 5% discount of its NAV, Crystal Kim writes in this week’s edition. But in every “bloodbath” there is an opportunity to buy, she adds, noting that while bitcoin is a possibility, a better one may be the stocks of semiconductors companies that make the chips and equipment needed to mine bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Some tech still a bargain– For investors looking to buy low, there are a number of good candidates to pick up, such as Qorvo (QRVO) that features in Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone and Finisar (FNSR) that also got the nod from Apple to produce parts for augmented reality and that may be a target for Oclaro (OCLR), Tiernan Ray writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Additionally, Ray sees Universal Display (OLED) as the biggest beneficiary of the iPhone rise, while Cisco Systems (CSCO) should get a lift from the new tax law.

PG&E looks like a buy– A sharp drop last week in shares of PG&E (PCG) could present a buying opportunity, Andrew Bary writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Shares of California utilities Sempra Energy (SRE) and Edison International (EIX) also fell this past week amid concerns about their liability for this month’s wildfire outbreak in Southern California, Barron’s adds.

Investors should give REITs a chance – Income investors should give real estate investment trusts a chance, Bill Alpert writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Among REITs with nice payouts are Macerich (MAC), Simon Property Group (SPG), Agree Realty (ADC), National Retail Props (NNN) and Realty Income (O), he contends

Western Digital (WDC) could be worth $120 – Flash-memory prices are expected to fade in 2018, which has worried investors in Western Digital, Andrew Bary writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. However, at $83, Western Digital shares look undervalued, as the stock could be worth $120 at $10 a share in free cash flow, Bary notes.

BEARISH  MENTION

 Bitcoin bourses should be avoided by small traders – Derivatives exchanges Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and CME (CME) recently launched futures trading on the digital cryptocurrency bitcoin, but these securities do not trade actual bitcoin and are instead based on indexes of bitcoin prices that are calculated differently, Theresa Cary writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. Putting aside the risk reflected in last week’s bitcoin plunge, these are not retail-friendly products in their current form, she notes, adding that market observers expect that to change over the next six months.

Cryptocurrency mania may not end well – Cryptocurrency mania is obvious in the stock market activity of companies like beverage seller Long Island Iced Tea (LTEA), with shares soaring after the company said it would change its name to Long Blockchain, Vito Racanelli writes in this week’s edition of Barron’s. The real risk is regulatory as governments around the world will gradually see the cryptocurrencies as a threat to their fiat currencies and policies, he notes, adding that it is a mania and eventually the bubble will pop amid tears.


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Cavium sold for $6 billion

Marvell to acquire Cavium for $40.00 per share in cash plus 2.1757 MRVL stock

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Marvell Technology Group (MRVL) and Cavium (CAVM) announced a definitive agreement, unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, under which Marvell will acquire all outstanding shares of Cavium common stock in exchange for consideration of $40.00 per share in cash and 2.1757 Marvell common shares for each Cavium share.

Upon completion of the transaction, Marvell will become a leader in infrastructure solutions with approximately $3.4B in annual revenue.

The transaction combines Marvell’s portfolio of leading HDD and SSD storage controllers, networking solutions and high-performance wireless connectivity products with Cavium’s portfolio of leading multi-core processing, networking communications, storage connectivity and security solutions.

The combined product portfolios provide the scale and breadth to deliver comprehensive end-to-end solutions for customers across the cloud data center, enterprise and service provider markets, and expands Marvell’s serviceable addressable market to more than $16B.

This transaction also creates an R&D innovation engine to accelerate product development, positioning the company to meet today’s massive and growing demand for data storage, heterogeneous computing and high-speed connectivity.

The transaction is expected to generate at least $150M-$175M of annual run-rate synergies within 18 months post close and to be significantly accretive to revenue growth, margins and non-GAAP EPS. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Marvell will pay Cavium shareholders $40.00 in cash and 2.1757 Marvell common shares for each share of Cavium common stock.

The exchange ratio was based on a purchase price of $80 per share, using Marvell’s undisturbed price prior to November 3, when media reports of the transaction first surfaced.

This represents a transaction value of approximately $6B.

Cavium shareholders are expected to own approximately 25% of the combined company on a pro forma basis. Marvell intends to fund the cash consideration with a combination of cash on hand from the combined companies and $1.75B in debt financing.

Marvell has obtained commitments consisting of an $850M bridge loan commitment and a $900M committed term loan from Goldman Sachs Bank USA and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in each case, subject to customary terms and conditions. The transaction is not subject to any financing condition.

The transaction is expected to close in mid-calendar 2018, subject to regulatory approval as well as other customary closing conditions, including the adoption by Cavium shareholders of the merger agreement and the approval by Marvell shareholders of the issuance of Marvell common shares in the transaction.

Matt Murphy will lead the combined company, and the leadership team will have strong representation from both companies, including Marvell’s current CFO Jean Hu, Cavium’s Co-founder and COO Raghib Hussain and Cavium’s Vice President of IC Engineering Anil Jain.

In addition, Cavium’s Co-founder and CEO, Syed Ali, will continue with the combined company as a strategic advisor and will join Marvell’s Board of Directors, along with two additional board members from Cavium’s Board of Directors, effective upon closing of the transaction.


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Apple lower on poor Watch reviews

Apple falls after reports of Watch connection issues, poor reviews

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Shares of Apple (AAPL) are under pressure on reports of Apple Watch connectivity issues and somewhat disappointing reviews for the upcoming device. Meanwhile, Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang said checks suggest iPhone 8 preorder volume is below that seen for prior models.

SERIES 3 SMARTWATCH

According to a report by The Verge, citing a company spokesperson, Apple has admitted that its new LTE-enabled Series 3 smartwatch, which starts shipping this Friday, has been experiencing connectivity issues.

“We have discovered that when Apple Watch Series 3 joins unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, it may at times prevent the watch from using cellular. We are investigating a fix for a future software release,” the spokesperson reportedly said.

Meanwhile, Apple Watch Series 3 reviews are out, and consensus seems to be that it is convenient to have a watch with a connection when you do not have a phone, but that it has poor battery life when used in those situations, CNBC reported.

Most reviewers also suggested buying the GPS model instead of the one that can also place phone calls, the publication added.

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IPHONE 8 PREORDERS

In a research note to investors, Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang said checks indicate about 1.5M iPhone 8 preorders on JD.com (JD) in the first three days of availability, versus 3.5M for the iPhone 7 in its first three days. He also pointed out he thinks China Mobile’s (CHL) iPhone 8 preorder volumes are around 1M units, below those seen for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6 in the first three days.

For the U.S., Zhang said initial feedback suggests iPhone 8 preorder volume below the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6. The analyst told investors he remains concerned the iPhone 8 production plan for second half 2017 may need to be cut and the iPhone X production ramp might not be able to meet demand for the December and March quarters.

‘SOLID’ IOS 11 REVIEWS

Meanwhile, Macquarie analyst Benjamin Schachter told investors that the first round of iPhone 8 and iOS 11 reviews support his positive view of Apple and its Service business, with the initial wave of ARKit apps expected to have a “solid reception.”

iOS 11 is one of the most substantial iOS updates in recent memory, the analyst noted, adding that the App Store has also been completely redesigned to be more visually appealing and to better promote the discovery of new apps, which should increase download rates that have been slowing for mature users.

However, #Schachter acknowledged that it will likely be harder for investors and others to track app revenue, given the removal of the top-grossing charts. The analyst pointed out that the most highly praised new feature is the iPhone 8 Plus’ Portrait Lighting.

While Apple is not positioning it as such, Schachter believes it is essentially the best augmented reality app on iOS. The first wave of popular AR apps will not be games, but instead be more natural extensions of existing smartphone apps, he argued.

The analyst reiterated an Outperform rating and $180 price target on the shares.

PRICE ACTION

In Wednesday’s trading, shares of Apple have dropped nearly 2.5% to $154.84. Note that most iPhone and Watch suppliers are under pressure on the news.


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MGT Capital Higher on Funding

Cryptocurrency firm MGT Capital jumps after completing funding for mining expansion

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Shares of Bitcoin miner and cybersecurity developer MGT Capital (MGTI) are higher after the firm announced that it completed its $2.4M financing to expand its Bitcoin mining operations.

McAFEE CONNECTION

In November of 2016, the company announced that John McAfee, the colorful founder of software company McAfee Associates was appointed CEO.

McAfee, who had previously served as the company’s executive chairman, said, “The advancements in personal and enterprise technologies have exposed us to a greater number of cybersecurity threats than ever before.”

According to a statement from the firm, MGT with the help of McAfee has made several key acquisitions of exciting new technologies and has created one of the largest Bitcoin mining operations in the U.S.

This past March, MGT completed the development of its Bitcoin mining pool.

McAfee commented, “Our mining pool is a natural outgrowth of our investment in Blockchain technology as a foundation for future cybersecurity products. Large and respected Bitcoin mining operators will rapidly take over the enormous transaction processing requirements necessary for all companies to secure themselves in the near future.

In late June, the company announced an agreement with Bit5ive to aid in a pilot program to mine the latest cryptocurrency fad Ethereum.

“We are more convinced each day of the growth and value of digital currencies, and our company is uniquely positioned to be a leading provider of processing power to relevant blockchains. The addition of Ethereum and Ethereum Classic to our crypto mining strategies is expected to be very profitable for us,” said McAfee.

Last week MGT announced that McAfee had been appointed Chief Cybersecurity Visionary of MGT, with Robert Ladd, who had been serving as president, will reassume the role of Chief Executive Officer, and that H. Robert Holmes, a long time independent director, will reassume the position of chairman of the board.

PRICE ACTION

Shares of MGT Capital (MGTI) are off earlier highs, up 3.64% to $2.28 per share in late Wednesday’s morning trading.


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