ON Semiconductor saw its shares decline by over 21% following its third-quarter report, which exceeded expectations but offered a bleak outlook for the rest of the year. The company predicts fourth-quarter earnings between $1.13 and $1.27 per share, excluding certain items, falling short of the anticipated $1.36 forecasted by analysts. Additionally, ON Semiconductor expects revenue to range from $1.95 billion to $2.05 billion, below Wall Street’s expectation of $2.18 billion.
Deutsche Bank analysts have speculated that ON Semiconductor’s guidance implies that the company has succumbed to broader economic pressures, particularly the softening demand for automobiles. They noted that investors may be cautious due to concerns about ON Semiconductor returning to past cyclical patterns. Despite this, the analysts expressed confidence in the company’s structural improvements, suggesting that they would lead to better results than in previous cycles. They maintained their buy rating on the stock.
Analysts at Craig-Hallum highlighted the potential adverse impact of weakening demand for electric vehicles on ON Semiconductor in the short term. They anticipated a challenging year for the company and recommended that investors exercise caution. Various factors, such as the recently resolved UAW strike, higher interest rates, and reduced demand for electric vehicles, are expected to negatively affect the company’s performance in the coming quarters.
Wolfe Research analysts pointed out that ON Semiconductor had been able to weather market challenges due to its noncancelable orders, long lead times, and strength in the automotive sector. However, they acknowledged that persistent challenges in the market may make it difficult for the company to maintain its previous performance levels.