Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Grew 2.6 Per Cent in 2016, According to Final Results by Gartner

STAMFORD, Conn., May 15, 2017 — Worldwide semiconductor revenue totalled $343.5 billion in 2016, a 2.6 per cent increase from 2015 revenue of $334.9 billion, according to final results by Gartner, Inc. The top 25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenue increased 10.5 per cent, a significantly better performance than the overall industry's growth; however, most of this growth resulted from merger and acquisition (M&A) activity.

"The semiconductor industry rebounded in 2016, with a weak start to the year, characterized by inventory correction, giving way to strengthening demand and an improving pricing environment in the second half," said James Hines research director at Gartner. "Worldwide semiconductor revenue growth was supported by increasing production in many electronic equipment segments, improving NAND flash memory pricing and relatively benign currency movements."

Intel retained its No. 1 position as the largest semiconductor manufacturer and grew its semiconductor revenue 4.6 per cent in 2016 (see Table 1). Samsung Electronics continued to maintain the No. 2 spot with 11.7 per cent market share.

Table 1. Top 10 Semiconductor Vendors by Revenue, Worldwide, 2016 (Millions of Dollars)

2015
Rank
2016
Rank
Vendor 2016
Revenue
2016
Market
Share (%)
2015
Revenue
2015-
2016
Growth (%)
1 1 Intel 54,091 15.7 51,690 4.6
2 2 Samsung
Electronics
40,104 11.7 37,852 5.9
4 3 Qualcomm 15,415 4.5 16,079 -4.1
3 4 SK hynix 14,700 4.3 16,374 -10.2
17 5 Broadcom Ltd
(formerly Avabo)
13,223 3.8 4,543 191.1
5 6 Micron
Technology
12,950 3.8 13,816 -6.3
6 7 Texas
Instruments
11,901 3.5 11,635 2.3
7 8 Toshiba 9,918 2.9 9,162 8.3
12 9 NXP
Semiconductors
9,306 2.7 6,517 42.8
  10 Media Tek 8,725 2.5 6,704 30.1
    Othiers 153,181 44.6 160,562 -4.6
    Total Market 343,514 100 334,934 2.6

Source: Gartner (May 2017)

Consolidation continued to play a major role in the market share rankings, with several large companies growing through acquisitions. Merger and acquisition activity among the major vendors in 2016 included Avago Technologies' acquisition of Broadcom Corp. to become Broadcom Ltd., On Semiconductor's acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor, and Western Digital's acquisition of SanDisk. The largest mover in the top 25 was Broadcom Ltd., which moved up 12 places in the market share ranking.

"The combined revenue of the top 25 semiconductor vendors increased by 10.5 per cent during 2016 and accounted for a 74.9 per cent share, outperforming the rest of the market, which saw a 15.6 per cent revenue decline," said Mr Hines. "However, these results are skewed by the large amount of M&A activity during 2015 and 2016. If we adjust for this M&A activity by adding the revenue of each acquired company to the revenue of the acquirer for both 2015 and 2016 where necessary, then the top 25 vendors would have experienced a 1.9 per cent revenue increase, and the rest of the market would have increased by 4.6 per cent."

Gartner clients can learn more in the report: "Market Share Analysis: Semiconductors, Worldwide, 2016."

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