Why IPG Photonics Is Poised to Keep Poppin'

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fiber-based laser and amplifier maker IPG Photonics (NASDAQ: IPGP  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at IPG and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

IPG facts

Headquarters (founded)

Oxford, Mass. (1990)

Market Cap

$3.0 billion

Industry

Electronic manufacturing services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$581.2 million

Management

Founder/Chairman/CEO Dr. Valentin Gapontsev

CFO Timothy Mammen

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

22.5%

Cash/Debt

$355.7 million / $24.6 million

Competitors

Coherent

Rofin-Sinar Technologies

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,513 members who have rated IPG believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

A couple of months ago, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Billy Kipersztok (TMFTailwind), tapped IPG as a particularly sharp bargain opportunity:

Classic niche dominator. High returns on invested capital, solid growth prospects, and management is continuing to invest in the business. Stock price has taken a bit of a hit since mid-February due to an earnings miss, but I think this is an attractive entry point for a long-term investment.

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