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Infineon Technologies is a semiconductor manufacturing company. The Automotive segment designs, develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors for use in automotive applications. The Industrial Power Control segment designs, develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors for the generation, transmission and economy in the use of electrical energy. The Power Management & Multimarket segment designs, develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors for power supplies, mobile devices and mobile phone network infrastructures. The Chip Card & Security segment designs, develops, manufactures and markets semiconductor-based security products for card applications and networked systems.
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We have added Infineon Technologies to our Best Ideas list as the narrow-moat leader in automotive and power semiconductors trades at a sizable discount to our fair value estimate of EUR 22 per share ($25 per U.S. ADR). We believe the share price was unfairly punished in recent weeks by Infineon's bid to acquire Cypress Semiconductor for EUR 9 billion (as measured by enterprise value). We remain generally in favor of the deal and don't view it as value destructive, as the strategic rationale makes sense for Infineon to strive to cross-sell its automotive products with Cypress' solutions. Inf...
We have added Infineon Technologies to our Best Ideas list as the narrow-moat leader in automotive and power semiconductors trades at a sizable discount to our fair value estimate of EUR 22 per share ($25 per U.S. ADR). We believe the share price was unfairly punished in recent weeks by Infineon's bid to acquire Cypress Semiconductor for EUR 9 billion (as measured by enterprise value). We remain generally in favor of the deal and don't view it as value destructive, as the strategic rationale mak...
We have probably reached the bottom of the cycle in the semiconductors sector. The slope of the recovery in H2 remains uncertain. We prefer stocks with their own specific drivers for H2 like ASML, STMicroelectronics and ams. We are downgrading our recommendation for Aixtron to Neutral (vs Buy). - >Relatively optimistic view of the Q2 2019 publications season due to arrival at the bottom in the cycle - We have a relatively optimistic view of the sector ahead of the Q2 2...
Item 3: Approve the Remuneration Report The structure is weighted more heavily towards short-term performance. One of the performance metrics for the LTI is the payment of sustainable dividends, which is not considered appropriate as executives can potentially influence the payout level. The LTI also includes relative TSR as a performance metric. Nevertheless, the quantum is not excessive and even maximum potential amounts are moderate. On balance, we recommend shareholders vote in favor. Item 4: Approve the Remuneration PolicyThe main concern with the Company's remuneration policy is that pa...
Item 2: Approve the Remuneration ReportThe remuneration structure is unsatisfactory. The main concern at the Company is that the potential maximum incentive pay including the bonus, matching shares on the deferred portion of the bonus and the LTI amounts to 1000% of base salary, which is considered grossly excessive. Actual incentive pay during the year was1.6 times the ECGS limit. Furthermore, variable remuneration is overly reliant on a single performance metric, benchmark profit before tax. A second performance criteria will be used in the coming year. We note that the Company has adjusted ...
Leadership changes Vittorio Colao was succeeded by Nick Read who was appointed Chief Executive Designate on 27 July 2018 and became Chief Executive on 1 October 2018. Margherita Della Valle joined the Board as Chief Financial Officer on 27 July 2018. Item 15: Advisory vote on the Remuneration ReportThe structure is unsatisfactory. The maximum bonus and total incentive pay exceed guidelines. The quantum for the year was excessive. Pay weighted more towards rewarding long-term performance, but there are overlapping performance conditions as free cash flow was used for both the STI and LTI. A b...
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