Why FARO Tech Shares Surged

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What: Shares of three-dimensional measurement technologist FARO Technologies (NASDAQ: FARO  ) climbed 16% today after its quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations.

So what: The stock has been slammed over the past year on a string of disappointing quarters, but better-than-expected fourth-quarter results -- EPS of $0.46 on revenue of $80.7 million versus Wall Street's view of $0.31 and $68.0 million, respectively -- are forcing analysts to increase their valuation estimates. Although revenue was flat and margins shrank over the year-ago period, the slowing rate of decline gives investors some optimism that the worst is behind it.

Now what: I'd continue to be cautious about buying into FARO. "In 2013, we anticipate continuing market uncertainty," said President and CEO Jay Freeland. "To address this and drive improved performance, we expect to continue to strengthen our product portfolio, increase sales coverage around the world, and tighten cost controls across the Company's operations." But with the stock up about 30% from its 52-week lows and trading at a 20-plus forward P/E, investors might now be expecting too much of an improvement in too short of a time period.

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  • Report this Comment On February 28, 2013, at 6:11 PM, ScienceBusiness wrote:

    Hey Brian,

    Look over Jay Freeland's Investors' conference presentation. We FARO investors understand to economic realities. What we also understand is what management is doing to transform FARO and to position it for future growth.

    By the time the future looks super bright for FARO you will have missed the train. Both my FARO buys were when FARO was at the top of "bad stock" lists so this report is welcome news for me.

    I believe FARO is well positioned to take advantage of a mid-term trend to integrate 3D metrology into everyday business. They are currently three years ahead of the competition with the Focus LS and working aggressively to put in more distance. The pending patents tell part of the story and new management is another . Sometime this year I expect product portfolio expansion to begin in earnest.

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