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Has Audinate been oversold?

Thu 13 Jan 22, 3:00am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • The industry may gravitate towards a faster adoption of Audinate’s products
  • Silex Insights to accelerate the Dante Video offering
  • Brokers see Audinate as a Buy

It’s no secret that global provider of professional digital audio networking technology, Audinate (ASX: AD8) has been struggling to buy enough microchips to fulfil a backlog of demand for its products.

The share price took a dive last October after the company announced during its AGM that covid-induced supply chain disruption occurred when demand for its new Dante products was at its highest.

The stock took another dive mid-December 2021 following the company’s announced US$6.5m acquisition of Belgium-based video networking products for manufacturers of AV equipment, Silex Insights.

However, this may have reflected investors concerns over eating into its cash reserves when silicon chips were at their most scarce.

Done their chips

The shortage stems from a Korean semiconductor foundry which has been unable to provide silicon chips to a US-based Top 30 global semi-conductor manufacturer that requires these chips to make the components needed for Audinate’s higher-spec Brooklyn II and Broadway and Dante video products.

With the US-based supplier unable to assure the delivery of orders for the part, supply constraints don’t appear to be going away any time soon.

While this shortage may have something to do with a sizable (38.1%) discount the stock is trading at relative to the consensus target on FN Arena, there’s growing suspicion that the market has priced in a long-term overhang to what’s shaping up to be a short-term issue.

For example, while the company expects to deplete existing stock within the second half of FY21, management still expects revenue growth within the current year, albeit not at the 25%-plus pre-covid levels.

In with the new

There’s a growing confidence that an easing of supply chain issues will coincide with a new version of the Brooklyn module, which while using same – albeit a different part – US supplier, does not rely on the Korean foundry.

While the market will eagerly await further guidance from Audinate, management expects the new module to be ready by the June quarter.

While supply constraints are expected to linger throughout 2022, the new module should go some way mitigating supply issues for both Broadway and Dante Video products.

On an encouraging note, a revenue shortfall is expected to be offset by reduced margins.

Addressable market unchanged

Despite the headwinds experienced by Audinate, none of which are its own making, estimates around the company’s total addressable market (TAM) have not changed.

There also some speculation that the industry may gravitate towards a faster adoption of Audinate’s products, especially given they’re not dependent on global supply chains.

Equally encouraging, in an attempt to get a better line of sight into future demand for chips, customers could start placing their orders further out than before.

Despite a rocky road in the last 12 months, which included temporary factory closures in Malaysia and China, Audinate posted record revenues for the September quarter, up 46% over the previous period.

What brokers think 

  • Shaw and Partners (17 November 2021) Buy rating and target price of $12.00 are retained.       

  • UBS (14 December 2021) retained Buy rating and target price of $10.75.

  • Morgan Stanley (14 December 2021) maintains its Overweight rating and $12 target price.

  • Credit Suisse’s Outperform rating was retained (19 October 2021) and the target price decreased to $11.00 from $11.40.

UBS notes that the company’s recently acquired Silex Insights accelerates the Dante Video offering by around 18-24 months.

Consensus on Audinate is Strong Buy.

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Mark Story

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Mark is an investigative financial journalist and editor who started his career working for Marathon Oil in London. He has a degree in politics/economics and a diploma in journalism. Mark has worked on 70-plus newspapers and financial publications across Australia, NZ, the US, and Asia including: The Australian Financial Review, Money Magazine, Australian Property Investor and Finance Asia. Mark is passionate about improving the financial literacy of all Australians through the highest quality content. Email Mark at [email protected].

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