Why MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. Stock Popped Today

By Steve Symington Markets Fool.com

What happened

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Shares of MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: MX) were up 15.2% as of 3:15 p.m. EDT Thursday after the Korea-based semiconductor platform specialist announced better-than-expected first-quarter 2017 results.

So what

Quarterly revenue climbed 9.2% year over year, to $161.7 million, near the high end of MagnaChip's latest guidance for $157 million to $163 million. On the bottom line, that translated to adjusted net income of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per share, up from an adjusted net loss of $2.8 million, or $0.08 per share in the same year-ago period. Analysts, on average, were expecting MagnaChip to turn in an adjusted net loss of $0.09 per share.

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In keeping with its previous cost-cutting announcements -- and in addition to 169 employees laid off in 2016 -- MagnaChip also reduced its workforce by 140 positions in the first quarter. Over the longer term, this action should generate annual cost savings of $23 million to $27 million.

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"We continued to make significant operational progress in the first quarter, and clearly demonstrated our ongoing commitment to achieve higher gross margin and overall profitability," stated MagnaChip CEO YJ Kim. "With a balanced portfolio of standard products and analog foundry services, we are well positioned to increase revenue and capitalize on the analog technology trends driving growth in our target markets."

Now what

For the second quarter, MagnaChip expects revenue in the range of $162 million to $168 million compared to $167.1 million in the same year-ago period. Wall Street was modeling Q2 revenue near the bottom end of that range.

In the end, this was a strong showing between MagnaChip's revenue outperformance and improving profitability. Assuming the company can sustain that top-line momentum as the effects of its workforce reductions take hold, I won't be surprised if MagnaChip's share price continues to follow suit.

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