Invensense (INVN) Update

I’ve been asked the following question (one way or another) numerous times:

“Why do you like Invensense so much?”

My answer: It’s an investment in the technology and I believe this is the company to take that technology to the next level. I always follow that response by emphasizing this: Do your own due diligence and NEVER make an investment based off of what I do.

I am not a short term trader but I do follow rules while making trades and one of the most important of these rules is: CUT LOSSES!

As several of my twitter followers have pointed out, I have violated that rule with INVN. That’s true, I didn’t cut the loss when is violated my mental stop. In fact, I dollar-cost averaged my original position. The follow-up purchases have taken my original position to a maximum position size. Now, I sit here writing this post stating that I DO NOT violate “position sizing” within my portfolio. That may be difficult to believe if I just violated another rule but as of today, I have not violated that one. My cost basis is higher than Friday’s closing price for INVN and it took a lot of strength not to buy another block of shares when it dropped below $10 (as low as $9.06 to be exact).

Think about it, a purchase below $10 is showing a gain anywhere from 10%-20% in two weeks. I knew it was a fantastic level to enter and my cost basis would have dropped but I am maxed out – I CANNOT increase my risk against my overall portfolio. That’s how you GO BROKE (especially if you turn out to be wrong – and I may be wrong with Invensense).

That’s the beauty of trading and investing. Your ideas prove to be right or wrong based on making money or losing money. As of today, I show a loss in INVN. So why do I still hold on?

Two reasons

  • The technology: INVN is a leading provider of MotionTracking™ devices for consumer electronics products such as smartphones, tablets, game controllers, smart TVs, and wearable sensors. I see a big future here and I’m betting that INVN is the leader or one of the leaders.
  • The fundamentals (specifically: sales and earnings growth)

I am a technically based trader on a longer term time-frame but for now, I am not trading the chart. Although one may argue that the recent price action suggests that support has been established – it’s still debatable based on the number of shares sold short. The IPO lock-up period has passed, the lawsuit is open knowledge, supplier product shortages have been discussed and the market has not performed well so INVN has paid consequences. I’d like to believe that all of that BAD news is priced in.

The pending lawsuit from their main competitor, STMicroelectronics, does keep me a bit worried on the fringes but I have no control there, other than to sell (that can screw up everything, regardless of fundamentals and technicals).

Let’s take a look at the numbers:

Earnings (YoY):
2008: -0.09
2009: 0.01
2010: 0.19
2011: 0.13
2012: 0.47
2013: 0.61 estimated +30%
2014: 0.85 estimated +39%

Earnings (QoQ):
June 30, 2011: 0.11 vs. -0.01
September 30, 2011: 0.15 vs. 0.04 | +275%
December 31, 2011: 0.13 vs. 0.06 | +117%
March 31, 2012: 0.07 vs. 0.03 | +133%

INCOME STATEMENT | FY2012 (April 1, 2012) vs. FY2011 (April 1, 2011)

Current Period Prior Period % Change
  4/1/2012 4/1/2011  
Sales (Income) $152,967,000 $96,547,000 58%
Cost of Sales $67,246,000 $43,386,000 55%
Gross Profit $85,721,000 $53,161,000 61%
Gross Profit Margin 56.04% 55.06% 2%
Net Operating Income $47,014,000 $21,478,000 119%
Net Operating Income Margin 30.73% 22.25% 38%
Income Available to Common $16,329,000 $1,631,000 901%

BALANCE SHEET | FY2012 (April 1, 2012) vs. FY2011 (April 1, 2011)

Current Period Prior Period % Change
  4/1/2012 4/1/2011  
Cash $157,772,000 $38,075,000 314%
Accounts Receivable $11,931,000 $10,678,000 12%
Inventory $12,240,000 $15,208,000 -20%
Total Current Assets $186,131,000 $65,297,000 185%
Total Assets $193,318,000 $70,746,000 173%
Accounts Payable $13,172,000 $10,786,000 22%
Total Current Liabilities $13,200,000 $11,012,000 20%
Total Liabilities (Total Debt) $16,441,000 $11,605,000 42%
Total Equity $176,877,000 $59,141,000 199%

INSTITUTIONAL ACTIVITY (as of May 28, 2012):

Institution Type
  13F (Money Market) Mutual Fund Other
Number of institutions 100 101 7
Number of new positions 47 61 5
Number of positions sold out 11 4 1
Shares held 15,879,598 8,357,405 118,315
Shares held previous period 11,958,005 1,790,387 62,656
Shares bought 9,209,721 6,724,972 84,315
Shares sold 5,288,128 157,954 28,656
Value of shares held $159,431,164 $83,908,346 $1,187,883
Value of shares bought $92,465,599 $67,518,719 $846,523
Value of shares sold $53,092,805 $1,585,858 $287,706

Two things stick out:
1. The increasing number of institutional investors (including large quantities of shares bought)
2. Increasing earnings, year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter.

Time will tell and my account balance will let me know if I am right or wrong. As for now, I am long $INVN – betting on the technology, industry growth, earnings growth and sales growth. In addition, I would like those institutional investors to continue buying!


  1. Congratulations on making money on your INVN investment. It’s great that you made money but on the flip side it has re-enforced a bad trading/investing pattern. I am not here to be a “hater” on you but just to critique your thought process. You violated your own rules. You live another day but this behavior will catch up to you and you will pay the price. I know you will disregard my comment but think about what William O’Neil would have said to you if you had a couple of minutes to discuss your trade. The stock went below its 50ma a long time ago. A lot of mental capital was wasted holding it. The 50 cross the 200 to the downside. The first violation of the 50day was on heavier volume. Held through earnings and paid the price 3 months ago. A majority of the time the stock was building a base below the 50 and 200 day moving average. Now I dont disagree with you with your conceptual and fundamental analysis of the company but the stock gave you many reasons to exit your position at higher levels. I hope you take the time to take a step away from your position and analyze it well and objectively. I hope in the end you make a ton of money in this stock but learn from your mistakes. Imagine if the stock had dropped 10%, 20% or 50%, which has been happening as of late. I hope you the best and just be cognizant that there is a lot of overhead supply as well a large gap to get over.
    Trade well…

  2. Hi Chris, I’m also holding INVN for longer term and I’m in the money on it. Do you see any new T/A on it?? Possiby do a chart up-date on it soon??? Thanks, Janet Also, I’m holding Visa, do you have any T/A to share on that????

    Thanks Again….

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