The Folly of Blocking Chinese Takeovers

I came across some recent articles in the European trade press that got me wondering about the Chinese investment trend and the impact foreign financing could have on the tech sector. European Union industry commissioner Antonio Tajani reportedly supports the establishment of a new authority that would examine foreign investments in strategic European businesses. Theoretically,…

MaxLinear Names CFO

CARLSBAD, CA — MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communication applications, today announced that Adam C. Spice will be joining MaxLinear, Inc. as its Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. From 2000 until 2009, Mr. Spice worked in senior financial management and operational…

Mixed Signals for EMS in 2011

Since electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers account for such a large part of the supply chain, their expectations for 2011 are a bellwether for the rest of the industry. So far, publicly traded EMS companies seem more optimistic about 2011 than some analysts, who caution differences in regional growth projections and a challenging procurement environment…

Behind the Dividend Debate

In the past few months we've seen a flurry of announcements that tech companies are paying dividends to their shareholders following record sales and earnings in their most recent financial quarters ({complink 265|Altera Corp.}, {complink 317|Analog Devices Inc.}, {complink 831|Broadcom Corp.}, {complink 2657|Intel Corp.}, {complink 3614|National Semiconductor Corp.} and {complink 5844|Tyco Electronics Ltd.} among them).…

FedEx Corp. Reports Q2 Earnings

MEMPHIS, TN — FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) today reported earnings of $0.89 per diluted share for the second quarter ended November 30. Excluding certain charges described below, second quarter earnings were $1.16 per diluted share, compared to $1.10 per diluted share a year ago. “Solid demand for our transportation solutions, outstanding customer service from FedEx…

The Global Currency Conundrum

The great “conundrum” of the global markets at the moment — particularly in technology — is how the developed and emerging markets will cope with growing economic dichotomies, particularly with regard to currency movements and how they relate to global trade. Just take a look at the euro/dollar relationship, which during a one-year period has…

Forecast: More Deal-Making in 2011

A number of macroeconomic trends, including increased corporate M&A activity in the second half of 2010, the availability of attractive debt financing, and stronger valuations for corporate assets, have set the stage for more corporate M&A activity in 2011. “For the past 18 to 24 months, companies focused their deal making strategies on synergies to…

Vitesse Concludes SEC Settlement

CAMARILLO, Calif. — Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (Pink Sheets: VTSS) today announced that the recommended settlement agreed to in June 2009 (the “2009 Settlement”) related to the SEC’s investigation of the Company’s historical stock option practices and accounting irregularities that occurred between 1995 and 2006 has been finalized with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission…