Intel loses US$20 billion market value after detailing profit-consuming spending plan


Global chip maker, Intel has reportedly lost US$20 billion market value due to shares drop after it announced a spending plan that would adversely affect profits over the next few years.

The tech giant made the announcement in its third-quarter results for 2021.

The Intel stock dropped as much as 12%, which is its biggest intraday percentage decline since July 2020, and this is set to be the sixth straight quarter where Intel’s results were met with a negative reaction.

Bloomberg reported that he decline erased more than US$20 billion in market value, resulting in a market capitalization of about $203 billion.

This means, for the first time, Intel is smaller than Broadcom, which has a market valuation above $214 billion.

Meanwhile, the decline in Intel’s stock seems to have been contained, as the Philadelphia Stock Exchange Semiconductor Index rose 0.2% on Friday, with some names expected to benefit from Intel’s spending plans.

Semiconductor capital equipment stocks were especially strong, with Applied Materials up 4.4%, Lam Research gaining 2.8% and KLA surging 5.2%.

Applied Materials gets about 8.8% of its revenue from Intel, while Lam gets a little more than 8% and KLA derives about 7.8%.

AMD, considered a primary rival to Intel, rose 0.6%.

At least four Intel analysts downgraded the stock after the report. Mizuho Securities cut its view to neutral, writing that the “capital-intensive foundry shift adds uncertainty to its likelihood of catching up to leading-edge by executing on its core PC/server road map”. Morgan Stanley cut the stock to equal weight, as the capital spending plan “requires underwriting a growth forecast that seems challenging”.

The consensus rating for the stock — a proxy for its ratio of buy, hold, and sell ratings — stands at 3.3 out of 5, down from 3.43 over the weekend. The average price target is $57, compared to $63 on Sunday. The current average points to upside of nearly 15%.


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