NXP Semiconductors NV shares dropped in the extended session Monday after the chip maker’s quarterly forecast fell short of Wall Street expectations.
forecast earnings of $2.82 to $3.22 a share on revenue of $2.9 billion to $3.1 billion for the first quarter, while analysts surveyed by FactSet expected $3.14 a share on revenue of $3.17 billion. Wall Street has grown nervous in recent months about the semiconductor sector as giants like Intel Corp.
have shown demand struggles and swelling inventories, but auto-focused chip makers like NXP have largely avoided those doubts.
“We have adopted a vigilant operational stance, aiming to improve service to those customers who continue to experience material shortages while managing the distribution-channel inventory levels well below our long-term targets,” NXP Chief Executive Kurt Sievers said in a statement.
Shares fell as much as 4% after hours, following a 1.1% decline in the regular session to close at $179.48.
Eindhoven, Netherlands-based NXP reported fourth-quarter net income of $602 million, or $2.24 a share, compared with $309 million, or $1.08 a share, in the year-ago period. NXP did not provide an adjusted earnings-per-share figure in its release.
Revenue rose to $3.31 billion from $3.04 billion in the year-ago quarter, as auto-chip sales rose 17% to $1.81 billion from a year ago.
Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast $3.64 a share on revenue of $3.3 billion, while forecasting auto-chip sales to $1.81 billion.
The company has a large footprint in supplying chips to the auto industry, accounting for more than 50% of revenue.
NXP also said its board hiked the quarterly dividend by 20%, to $1.014 per ordinary share.
NXP shares are down 5.3% over the past 12 months, while the PHLX Semiconductor Index
is down 13.2%, the S&P 500 index
is down 9.3%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite Index
has sunk 17.3%.