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Sigma Designs, Owner of Z-Wave Home Automation Tech, Ponders Sale or Spinoffs

Sigma Designs (SIGM) shares were up 5% pre-market on news that it's considering "strategic alternatives" that might include divesting its Z-Wave home-automation group, selling the company or otherwise restructuring.

Sigma Designs, Owner of Z-Wave Home Automation Tech, Ponders Sale or Spinoffs
As Sigma Designs pursues "strategic alternatives," will the company divest its Z-Wave IoT group to focus on its core TV and set-top box business?

Julie Jacobson · July 26, 2017

Sigma Designs (NASDAQ: SIGM), a leading technology provider for TV set-top boxes and IoT devices, has retained Deutsche Bank Securities to "assist in its exploration of strategic alternatives that may enhance stockholder value."

While not giving specifics of potential "alternatives," it's quite possible that Sigma could be sold outright, or that business units could be divested -- business units, perhaps, like Sigma's Z-Wave home automation group?

A strategic acquirer of Z-Wave would make a lot of sense. Sigma has never really recognized synergies between its core set-top box business and the Z-Wave technology that should have been embedded in all those boxes if the two teams actually collaborated.

Z-Wave ownership could probably be much more valuable to a wholly invested party.

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Smart TVs, media connectivity, set-top boxes ... smart bulbs?
Sigma disclosed earlier that it is "carefully reviewing all of its product lines to determine which offer the best synergistic fit with its long-term growth plans."

As stated in today's PR speak: "This review may result in Sigma continuing to implement value-enhancing initiatives as a standalone company, such as the continued implementation of its previously announced restructuring plans, a sale of the company or certain product lines, or other possible transactions."

Sigma indicates it has not even decided if it will enter into a transaction at all, "and there is no assurance that the Board’s exploration of strategic alternatives will result in any transaction being entered into or consummated."

Seems like that's all we're going to get. The company says it won't provide progress reports until it must disclose by law any proposed transaction.

SIGM was up 5% today in pre-market trading. By midday it was up by as much as 6.97%.

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Comments

Posted by antoniohardeman on July 29, 2017

With IoT and the appeal of the connected home heating up it seems like a prudent move for Sigma to research their options.  I think that Amazon would be very wise to look at acquiring Z-wave.  It would fit right in with their burgeoning smart home business. 

Most of the major CE manufacturers are on the Z-wave principles board.  Amazon would have a even stronger relationship with the manufacturers that are on the board.  Imagine Amazon including a Z-wave chip in each Echo or Echo Dot as well as the Fire Tvs and sticks.  Those devices would become instant smart home hubs in addition to the interfaces that they currently serve as.  Such a move would put Amazon on a smart home playing field of their own; besting Apple and Google in this space.

Posted by Blefadts on July 26, 2017

They are about 3 years too late, missed the boat spinning off zwave

Posted by Blefadts on July 26, 2017

They are about 3 years too late, missed the boat spinning off zwave

Posted by antoniohardeman on July 29, 2017

With IoT and the appeal of the connected home heating up it seems like a prudent move for Sigma to research their options.  I think that Amazon would be very wise to look at acquiring Z-wave.  It would fit right in with their burgeoning smart home business. 

Most of the major CE manufacturers are on the Z-wave principles board.  Amazon would have a even stronger relationship with the manufacturers that are on the board.  Imagine Amazon including a Z-wave chip in each Echo or Echo Dot as well as the Fire Tvs and sticks.  Those devices would become instant smart home hubs in addition to the interfaces that they currently serve as.  Such a move would put Amazon on a smart home playing field of their own; besting Apple and Google in this space.