LogicVision makes a semiconductor-testing technology called built-in self-test, or BIST. This is a technique of designing additional hardware and software features into integrated circuits (ICs) to allow them to perform self-tests using their own circuits, as opposed to the older method that employs external automated test equipment (ATE). The main driver for the widespread development and use of BIST techniques is the growing complexity of IC’s. BIST helps designers better evaluate the functionality and performance of their devices throughout each stage of a complex semiconductor’s life cycle. BIST is particularly useful in the newer state-of-the-art, system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs. Its BIST technology is a perfect fit for these advanced chips. Digital consumer devices, including automotive devices, account for 95 percent of its business. The most important recent developments and drivers for the Company are the renewals of existing contracts, such as that with Broadcom, and the signing of new contracts, such as the one with Qualcomm. We find the Company to be a compelling, if speculative, investment opportunity. We believe LogicVision has never had a better opportunity to see its technology experience fast and widespread adoption. Our target price is based on an average price-to-sales multiple of 1.5x, which we extracted from a list of companies in LogicVision’s industry. This target price reduction largely reflects the Company’s revised sales expectations and pushing expected profitability into 2009.
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