This article is excerpted from a letter by MOI Global instructor Jim Roumell, portfolio manager of Roumell Asset Management, based in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Tower Semiconductor and its subsidiaries operate collectively under the brand name TowerJazz, a global specialty foundry leader. TowerJazz manufactures next-generation analog integrated circuits in growing markets such as consumer, industrial, automotive, medical, and aerospace and defense. To provide multi-fab sourcing and extended capacity, TowerJazz operates two manufacturing facilities in Israel, two in the U.S., and three in Japan.
One year ago, TSEM was trading at $36 per share. Due to industry-wide challenges with inventory, declining revenue and profit margins, and weakness in the Apple supply chain, as well as a company-specific issue of an expiring supply contract with Panasonic, its joint venture partner, the shares declined over the course of 2018, dropping under $14 per share in December.
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