Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) or TI recently announced a hike in dividend. This time around, the company plans to raise its quarterly dividend by 13 cents to 90 cents per share. This translates to a 17% increase from the prior dividend of 77 cents.
The new dividend will be paid on Nov 18, 2019 to stockholders of record as of Oct 31, 2019, contingent upon a formal declaration by the board of directors at its regular meeting in October.
TI’s Cash position
TI’s strong balance sheet and cash flow provide financial flexibility for dividend hikes, share repurchases and strategic acquisitions.
At the end of second-quarter 2019, its cash and short-term investments totaled $4.2 billion compared with $4.1 billion at the end of the prior quarter. Long-term debt was approximately $4.6 billion, down from $5.1 billion in the first quarter.
The company generated $1.8 billion in cash from operations via spending $284 million on capex, $863 million on share repurchases and $722 million on cash dividends. Free cash flow at the end of the second quarter was $1.51 billion.
Notably, last month, TI announced an offering of senior unsecured notes aggregating $750 million. These notes, which carry an interest rate of 2.250%, should provide financial flexibility and propel long-term growth.
Texas Instruments is one of the few chip-making companies that return a significant amount of cash to its investors.
Texas Instruments Incorporated Price and Consensus
Texas Instruments is one of the largest suppliers of analog and digital signal processing integrated circuits. The company’s compelling product line-up, increasing differentiation in business and low-cost 300-mm capacity should drive earnings over the long term.
Its margins should continue to expand because of the secular strength in auto and industrial markets, a stronger mix of analog and embedded processing products, benefits of restructuring actions, and more than 300mm capacity coming online. Moreover, the semiconductor giant is poised to gain from the growing market for Internet of Things.
We believe that the increase in dividend and share buyback indicate that the company is confident about steady cash flow generation. However, increasing competition from Analog Devices (NASDAQ:ADI), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) remains a concern.
Zacks Rank and Other Stocks to Consider
Texas Instruments currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other top-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector include Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) , Itron, Inc. (NASDAQ:ITRI) and MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:MTSI) , each carrying a Zacks Rank #2. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth for Alphabet, Itron and MACOM Technology is currently projected at 17.5%, 25% and 15%, respectively.
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