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GlobalFoundries IPO

How to trade on GlobalFoundries’ IPO

New York-based semiconductor company GlobalFoundries has filed for an IPO to debut its shares on the Nasdaq later this year. Find out how we can alert you of GlobalFoundries’ impending listing and how you can trade CFDs and spread bet on the company’s IPO with us.

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28 October 2021

GlobalFoundries going public


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What does GlobalFoundries do?

GlobalFoundries is a chipmaker within the semiconductor industry and a spin-off from the manufacturing arm of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The company designs and manufactures chips for the automotive, mobility, industrial, computing and software markets. GlobalFoundries is one of the largest semiconductor foundries in the world in terms of production, owned by Abu Dhabi-based sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Company since 2009. It has over 200 global customers and operates in 14 locations, with manufacturing facilities in the US, Singapore, and Germany.

When is GlobalFoundries’ IPO date?

GlobalFoundries is expected to go public on 28 October 2021. It joins a particularly crowded year-end IPO schedule, with the likes of Stripe, Rivian, and Polestar also eyeing up their stock market debut. It also comes at a time when microchips are in great demand, given the semiconductor shortage that has gripped the industry in 2021.

GlobalFoundries will be listing on the Nasdaq exchange in New York with the stock symbol ‘GFS’.

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GlobalFoundries’ share price and valuation

GlobalFoundries will price its shares between $42 and $47 apiece.

According to Reuters, the company is seeking a valuation of $25bn, a high figure that may be justified due to an increased investor appetite this year for growth technology companies. It aims to raise approximately $1bn in funds, although this may change when terms of the share sale are set.

How to trade on GlobalFoundries stock

1. Register your interest

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2. Practise trading

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3. Pick a strategy

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4. Control your risk

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How has GlobalFoundries been performing financially?

GlobalFoundries is one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world with a current market share of more than 7%, based on data from TrendForce.

In June 2021, the company reported a half-year revenue of $3.0bn, up nearly 13% from the previous year. Net loss in the same period fell to $301m from almost double the figure of $534m in 2020. Overall revenue for 2020 was $4.85bn with a net loss of $1.35bn, which is quite a substantial figure of over one quarter.

In its S-1 filing, the company admitted that although the supply-demand imbalance is expected to improve over the medium-term, the semiconductor industry will require a significant increase in investment to keep up with demand.

Please remember that past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.

Why may investors be interested in GlobalFoundries?

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the semiconductor industry is projected to grow 17.3% in 2021 versus a figure of 10.8% in 2020. The market may be valued at $600bn by 2025, which is a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 5%, possibly attracting more investors to join the semiconductor trend.

Rather than competing directly with giant chipmakers like Intel and TMC, GlobalFoundries caters to the lower end of the market, producing chips that go into cars and machine tools, rather than data centres and smartphones which control most of the market. This niche is still worth $54bn, according to Gartner, making the company slightly unique in its product offering.

In its SEC filing, GlobalFoundries announced plans to build new or expand on its fabrication plants (fabs) in the US, Singapore, and Germany, which will hopefully increase the output of its products. The company could spend up to $6bn on these investments.

Why may some investors avoid the GlobalFoundries IPO?

Throughout 2021, the semiconductor industry has faced a global shortage of chips, causing manufacturing delays. This challenge has affected the share price of related companies, such as Intel and AMD, and caused an imbalance of supply and demand. However, GlobalFoundries is planning to invest $1.4bn in its foundries to address the shortage, according to CNBC, which could last until 2022.

The company’s annual revenue has been in decline since 2018 and only rebounded in 2021. This combined with a hefty net loss figure may make some investors wary of its potential, especially as the semiconductor industry is in an uncertain financial situation.

GlobalFoundries was in talks to be taken over by Intel at the start of the year, which was met with a fair amount of criticism. Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon predicted that this would cause Intel’s share price to drop and said that GlobalFoundries “has stopped leading-edge manufacturing and can do nothing to help Intel” in this area. This shows that investor sentiment may still be slightly damp surrounding the future prospects of the company.

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Who are the underwriters for GlobalFoundries’ IPO?

Major financial companies Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Credit Suisse are acting as the underwriters for GlobalFoundries’ IPO.

What other semiconductor stocks are there?

You can spread bet or trade CFDs on a wide range of semiconductor stocks on our platform, including TSMC [TSM], Micron Technology [MU], NVIDIA [NVDA], Intel [INTC], AMD [AMD] and Qualcomm [QCOM].

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